Through the storms of life, through the hurt, the pain, the suffering, the last thing we think to do is praise. The last thing we want to do is thank God for what we have. Instead, we tend to focus on what we don’t have.
When trials come our way, we often focus on them. We focus on what we lost, what we don’t have, what we want, what we’re going through. And we lose the right perspective. We become like Peter. We take our eyes off of Jesus and what He’s doing with and through us, and look at the storm that is raging around us.
My prayer of late has been this: Jesus, help me praise You even through the storm.
The song (literally called Praise You in This Storm) by Casting Crowns sums it up pretty well…
I was sure by now, God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it’s still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear you whisper through the rain,
“I’m with you”
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.
And I’ll praise You in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I’ve cried
You hold in your hand
You never left myself side
and though my heart is torn,
I will praise You in this storm.
Though we go through the hardest struggles, we will praise Him even then, because He’s still good, and He’s still faithful, and He’s still with us. His love is with us even then.
So Father, no matter how fierce this storm may seem, Your love is fiercer. No matter how great this wind may feel, Your peace is greater. And because of that, I choose
To praise You even through the storm.