Praise Him in the Storm

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About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God.

Acts 16:25


In 2009 the Christian band Casting Crowns produced a song called “Praise You in This Storm.” I remember sharing with my prayer partners how that song was difficult to sing. It was making a stand to praise God before the storms of life blow us away. The reality of life is that everyone, whether they are a believer or not, will have storms. The overriding difference is that those who belong to Christ will have His presence with them through the storms.

While it’s better to have Christ with us than to be alone, it’s still hard, especially when the trials and tragedies are all around us. How can we still praise God in the storm?

P – Place more of our focus on Christ than our trial. (1 Peter 5:7)
When we are going through something difficult, it’s tempting to think about it all the time. Yet if we cast this burden on Jesus, He will remove the weight from our shoulders.

R – Remain faithful where God has called us. (1 Corinthians 4:2)
It’s important that we keep doing what we know is right to do. If we pull away from our calling, we set ourselves up for Satan’s attacks of discouragement.

A – Accept that we are not alone in this trial. (Hebrews 13:5)
Sometimes in the thick of the storm, we feel like the only ones going through difficulty. However, many believers have gone before us; and God will never leave us.

I – Instill hope in our hearts through the word of God. (Isaiah 55:11)
God’s word is true and real; and it will never fail. We have renewed hope every day if we meditate and embrace His word.

S – Seek the grace of God to give us strength to press on. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
God’s grace is what we need every moment of our lives. Through His grace and mercy we can do all things through Christ, which gives us strength.

E – Expect the Lord to keep His promises. (Joshua 21:45)
God is not like us, and He will never lie. The Lord keeps every single one of His promises to His children—we must have faith in Him.

Prayer

Dear Lord, sometimes it feels like this storm is going to destroy me. Yet I praise You anyway because I know that You have me safely in Your arms. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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