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Continuously Praise

November 10, 2020

I was cleaning the bathroom, no not glamourous at all. But I was listening to worship music so all was well with my soul. Playing in the background was a song by Bryan and Katie Torwalt titled My Hallelujah. If you have not heard it, I highly recommend you listen to it. It is a beautiful song. As I scrubbed the grout on the shower floor, I heard the words

Peace, be still
Calm this soul
I need You here now
Restore my hope
I confess, I've been afraid
Remind my heart, Lord
Increase my faith

So I will run into the waves
As courage comes to take fear's place
With perfect love, perfect love

O, what can take away
My hallelujah
No darkness can contain
My hallelujah
Your cross has made the way
For my hallelujah
My hallelujah

I thought to myself how fitting those words were for this current time in our nation. They fit what I have been feeling so perfectly. I then recalled the words of my pastor this past Sunday, saying “no matter how low or how high, I will praise the Lord”. He preached on one of David’s psalms, Psalm 34. We can all learn from David. Yes, he was flawed in many ways; let’s be honest, who isn’t? But David praised the Lord. No matter what his circumstances, no matter how grim, David praised the Lord. In Psalm 34:1 he says, “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continuously be in my mouth”.  My pastor was reminding us that no matter what is going on in this nation right now, no matter who the President may be, no matter how high or how low, this is a good time to praise the Lord. He reminded us to remove the negativity from our homes and instead say, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). What a wonderful reminder. I want to praise the Lord like David. I want to sing praises to God during my worst and best moments, during turmoil in this nation and during peace, no matter my circumstances. I want to continuously praise the Lord. I want to, but I must admit that I have not. Not because I do not feel that God is deserving of praise no matter the circumstances, but because it can be difficult to resist the temptation to respond to the negativity happening around us in a negative way. 2020 has not made the list of best years, and if I’m being honest, it tops the list of worst years; and this election has been one of the most important in history and the most nail-biting one in my lifetime. I often feel afraid during these uncertain and turbulent times. Over the past seven or eight months, the walls of our house have heard some negative, anger-filled words, and even my five-year-old daughter can give the low down on this year’s “Rona”-related drama and the presidential candidates. I honestly think she could give a reasonably good argument for why she would have voted for President Trump if she were of voting age. Now before you try to point out the splinter in President Trump’s eye, let’s not forget about the splinters in our own eyes or the incredibly flawed people in the Bible, like David, that God used in mighty ways to accomplish His goals. And as the words of My Hallelujah echoed through my house, I heard

Nothing can take my hallelujah
Nothing can take my hallelujah
Shadows will fade, darkness will break
I'll keep on singing Your praise

"I'll keep on singing Your praise". Through all my uncertainties and fears, and through all this chaos, I want to keep on singing God’s praises. I want the walls of my house to hear continuous praise to the Lord. I want my daughter growing up praising the Lord no matter her circumstances. “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:3-4)

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