When in doubt praise it out! I know, sounds corny, right, but how many times does doubt creep in and take away our praise to the Father? It’s so easy to say, “Praise the Lord” when we are getting what we want, or when blessings seem to be flowing in. Just think of the song by Aaron Shurst called Ever Be. The chorus says, “Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips.” They are simple lyrics that make such a big statement. He doesn’t write that praise will sometimes be, or only when it’s good for me, on my lips. No, Aaron boldly states that praise to God will forever be on his lips! The problem isn’t that we don’t believe God is worthy of our praise. I think all of us who know Him believe He is worthy of our praise. The problem is that we forget the promises God has made for ALL of us, and when things go wrong, like they inevitability will, we don’t believe we’re worthy of everything He spoke over us, from the beginning of time. So, when the struggles come, and they are followed by an unexpected attack or two, our tune changes from praises to pain.

As Aaron writes in his song, “God’s love is devoted, like a covenant of old.” There is nothing we must do to receive this amazing love; it’s there for us unconditionally. When the world around us is imploding God’s love for us is exploding. He wants to shower us with His mercy, and protect us in every storm we are in. Yet, we find it hard to find our praise. Is it because we somehow are holding him accountable for the situation we’re in? What would happen if we praised Him in the pain?

The song goes on and says, “Faithful You have been, and faithful You will be.” God has never gone back on His word to us. In Lamentations 3:22-23, it says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” We know it from scripture that our God is faithful. Even when we’re not, He is, as we read in Romans 3:3 that says, “What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithfulness nullify the faithfulness of God? Not at all!” I think it’s clear we can be assured that great is the faithfulness of God! So when we’re falling apart, can’t we find words of praise to say how great Thou art?

This is the God that knew each of us before we were even formed in our mother’s womb. He fathers the orphans; His kindness is what makes us whole (lines from the song). I think if we start to see that through Him, truly all things are possible, we’ll be able to praise Him even when it hurts. If we remember to keep His promises to us tucked in our hearts, our lips will forever hold His praise!

What song are we singing? Let’s put a new song of praise for our Heavenly Father on our lips. He is worthy of all our praise. Have a blessed week.

Kristin Tucker
Director of Worship Arts