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Worship Through the Bad Times

Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago.
-Isaiah 25:1

 

 

Sometimes to fully understand the meaning of a verse, we must first look at the preceding text. Isaiah chapter 24 is a dark, barren place full of judgment and darkness upon Israel. But even through these difficult times, Isaiah still realizes that God is faithful. Through this beautiful song of assurance, the prophet declares, “Lord, you are my God.” He knew for certain that God, in his perfection, would ultimately deliver his people. His eyes and his trust were on his deliverer. Even through these dark days, Isaiah was moved to worship as he looked back. Proclaiming that God had already “done wonderful things,” Isaiah knew God and trusted that he would be with him. He chose to worship even in the midst of tribulation.

If you are not currently in a dark place, chances are good that you have just come out of or are about to go through one! Life is difficult. God is faithful. Life is complicated. God is faithful. Sometimes his faithfulness is difficult to see when we are in the midst of a crisis. Often we view our circumstances as bigger than the God who controls them. Let me encourage you to do what Isaiah did…worship! Join together with your church family. Allow them to embrace and love you. Worship through your tears. Worship through your heartache. Worship through the anxiousness of the unknown future. Praise him for what he has done in your life and exalt him for what he is going to do. Just as he brought Israel out of Babylonian captivity, he will bring you through your situation and use this trial for his glory.

 

These are my thoughts, what are yours?

Ronnie

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