How Can I Praise During Trials?

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You bump into a friend you haven’t seen in a long time while your’re out getting groceries and you know the question that is coming your way…

How are you doing?

If you say, “Fine!” you know you’ll be lying, but you just read Scripture that says that everything that has breath should praise the Lord!

You may be wondering:

How can I give praise to God during trials?

Let’s look at Scripture for our answer.

In Psalm 61, David begins with crying and sorrow.  Then he points his heart towards His Rock.  He doesn’t just dwell on the sorrow, he looks to the One who can help.  Then he ends this short psalm with praise to the Lord.  He says, “You, oh God heard my vows and have given me a godly heritage!  So will I sing praise unto thy name forever that I may daily perform my vow.

By the end of the psalm it almost seems that he’s forgotten his sorrow, and so do his readers!  What a great example.

An example from the New Testament is Paul in II Corinthians 12:7-10.  He tells about the “messenger from Satan” that was given to buffet him, lest he should be exalted.  He was given some physical issue that was troublesome.  He prayed three times that God would remove it, but God told Paul that his grace would be sufficient to bear it.  Now how does he respond?  He doesn’t complain or criticize God.  Instead he says,

Most gladly will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest on me.

He points to the sufficiency of his God!

So you and I, when going through hardship, can indeed share the difficulty to someone who asks, but we must quickly then shift the focus off ourselves onto Christ.

I have a special lady in my life who has endured suffering for about six years now.  She was so active before her illness took her down!  Now she is pretty much confined to home, yet when anyone visits with her, she never dwells on her physical limitations!  Instead she pulls out her journal and begins to share all the things God has recently taught her while she’s been still!  You cannot be in her presence without knowing that she loves the Lord!  There’s no denying she’s suffering, but her focus is on the goodness of her God in the midst of her trouble.

 

She is like the psalmist who said in Psalm 119:71 – 

It is good for me that I have been afflicted that I might learn thy statutes.  

He shared that he had an afflictions, but that he’d learned from God’s Word!

So, my friend, here is the question and my answer:

How can I share my burden and still give praise to God?

Share the burden or trial, but then on its heels,

tell what God has done for you during this time,

or how He has ministered to you, provided for you,

or what He has taught you through your trial.

That is giving praise to God!

 Follow that example, and you’ll be honest, but also obeying Psalm 150:6!

So…How are you today?  I’d love to hear!

Keep praising,

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8 thoughts on “How Can I Praise During Trials?”

  1. Oh my, Denise, how this spoke to my heart this morning. My dear mother is at end of life after a major stroke he weeks ago. As my family and I are by her side, seemingly watching every breath, we speak of mercies we have experienced these past weeks and have indeed experienced the new Grace we’ve not needed before.

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  2. Denise, thank you for this. As I wrote in a comment a few weeks back, I am going through an extended time of trials. I am a pastor’s wife whose husband is no longer pastoring due to very difficult events in our church this past summer. We have been wounded and felt like the rug was pulled out from underneath us as we lost just about everything literally overnight. I can truly say the past 5 months have brought me the sweetest and most intimate lessons from the Lord I have ever known, and I try to relate that to people as I have opportunity. In a couple days I begin working at a job outside my home and your post was a needed reminder that I need to still praise God even when I wish things were different, because this is what He has for me right now.

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    1. Oh, my friend, I’m so sorry that you’ve had such trials, but thank you for sharing about the goodness of the Lord. God is preparing you for something, you can be sure of that. He does not waste pain. You will come forth as gold. Job 23:10
      Sending you prayers for healing and continued strength to do what lies ahead. Hugs to you, my friend.

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