I Will Bless the Lord!

We have all heard the old phrase many times, "take the good with the bad". We grow up with the understanding that there will be good days and there will be bad days -- that's just the way it is and there's nothing any of us can do about it. And if we are honest with ourselves, we concede that being a Christian neither makes us immune to the storms of life nor the harsh winds they often produce. In fact, the Bible advises us in Psalm 34:19 that, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all." The Lord delivers him out of them all! That's good news friends and we can rejoice on that alone.

I sometimes think back on the day before my son died. I woke up that morning and entered into thanksgiving and praise like I always do and asked the Lord for His continued covering. I took a few moments to meditate on His goodness and reflected on how grateful I am to be saved by grace. The day before my son died, God was great, and mighty, and worthy to be praised. And that didn't change the day Terrence died. God is still great, and mighty, and worthy to be praised. The fact that my son was called home unexpectedly and far sooner than I ever would have imagined does not negate who God is. He's still everything He was long before that and will forever continue to be!

Regardless of what comes, what goes, what happens, or what doesn't happen, we must bless the Lord at all times. It is in this continual posture of prayer, praise, and worship that we find the strength and peace we need to go on, even in the face of great adversity. And by "go on" I don't mean that we are barely making it. On the contrary; we are victorious and our light is shining so brightly that others will ask how we made it. The answer is simple: Jesus!

When you are tempted to drown in self-pity and wonder why things are the way they are, bless the Lord! When your face is flooded with tears and you feel like all your strength is gone, bless the Lord! When you're so consumed with grief that it seems to take your breath away, bless the Lord! He is worthy, He is faithful, He is gracious, and He cares for you. Even in your darkest hour, bless the Lord! He will show up and do what only He can. Stay blessed, my dear friends!

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