Weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” – Psalm 146:1-2
Insight: Sometimes song lyrics can give us great hope and put things into proper perspective. The simple act of worshipping the Lord is a mood elevator and needs to be an everyday occurrence as a Christian. The fact is when we sing, when we pour out our praise to the Lord, we feel better. This week we will look at some of my favorite Christian song lyrics that lift my mood and reset my focus on the strength, love and grace of our God. Today,let’s consider some lyrics from the song “Raise a Hallelujah,” by Bethel Music. Some of my favorite verses go: “I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemy. I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief. I’m going to sing, in the middle of the storm. Louder and louder you’re going to hear my praises roar. Up from the ashes hope will arise, death is defeated, the King is alive.”
The lyrics above from the song “Raise a Hallelujah” are so powerful and they speak to a real life situation when a faith family interceded in prayer for a church member’s young child who was severely ill and not sure if he was going to make it through the night. In the midst of the greatest fear and agony possible, this song came to one of the members of the Bethel Music group and they began to loudly sing their praises to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords right in the middle of the storm. The Lord did in fact “hear their praises roar,” and miraculously the little boy began to recover, and he did in fact survive. The belief and faith it took in the moments when a little boy’s life hung in the balance was amazing. God still does miracles and He still answers prayers. Scream out praises to Him when your entire being seems to want to do anything but that and see how God can work in the midst of your storms.
You see, It’s easy to praise the Lord when things are going right in your life and the wind is at your back. But what about in those times when you are filled with such fear and despair that every breath you take seems hard? I have friends who are going through horrific circumstances right now, and I can tell you it is hard for them to praise the Lord. Not because they don’t want to, but because they are doing everything they can to hang on to the fraying edges of their lives. I am talking about immense pain. But, when we somehow do summon the strength to praise the Lord during the hardest moments of our lives, something supernatural happens and we release all control over to Him like we never have before. We literally shock the enemy when we can praise our God in the midst of the storms of life, and we call upon the same power that raised Jesus from the grave as Ephesians 1:19 and John 14:12 promise. So praise Him, even in the middle of your storms and hardest struggles. He alone can save us!
Prayer: Father God, thank you that you are present with us in the middle of the storms of our lives and that you “never leave us or forsake us,” according to the promises in Hebrews 13:5. We need you to help us in the desperate times and to hear the cries of your people. You are many times all we have left, our final resource, and we need you Lord. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen!