Praise in the Storm

Why does it seem easier to focus on what seems negative instead of positive?

Why do we seek out a friend to share a problem instead of a praise?

Why are we more apt to pray when we are in a valley instead of on a mountain top?

I was thinking through these questions as I read the following verses from Psalm 105,

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually” (Psalm 105:1-4).

Reading the psalmist’s reminder to give thanks to the Lord and to make known His deeds made me think of my family’s situation the past few months.

Our summer has been spent focused on home repairs. Everything hit us at once. What started out as water damage cascaded into something much larger. Instead of a relaxing summer, my husband and I have been project-managing repair work for several months. Contractors recently went into our walls to try to find the source of a leak. I never knew how complicated leaks could be! Water can seep into your home and travel on what appears to be a very unusual path.

So, the source of the leak evaded everyone. I prayed that God would help us, that He would give us wisdom. One of our contractors said to us, “I wish it would rain! Maybe then we could find the leak!”

It rained that very night! My husband and I were able to capture some immensely helpful pictures. When the contractors came back the next day, they could see exactly where the water had entered our home. We could finally develop a plan to repair the leak, Praise the Lord!

It occurred to me we don’t usually pray for rain. In fact, we usually pray for the opposite. This simple act of raining is helping me learn that God is good ALL the time. He is good when it rains—how my family praised Him for that rain! And He is good when it doesn’t rain. He is good when the sun shines, when the night falls, in each season of the year and in each season of life. He is good when life seems good and fair, when we are thriving physically, spiritually, financially, and He is good when we are hurting, when life seems to fall apart.

As the psalmist reminds us, regardless of where we are in life, we are to give GLORY to the Lord, to thank Him, to praise Him, and to make noise about what He is doing in our lives,
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works” (Psalm 105:2).

Friends, let us TELL everyone of the Lord’s wondrous works in our lives! The next time you meet a friend for coffee dedicate time to sharing how the Lord has blessed you. Believer, be known for your gratitude. Remember the Lord is working ALL things for your good—even in something as simple as a rainfall.

Growing in Grace

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