“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice for praise – the fruit of the lips that openly profess God’s name.” Hebrews 13:15
Praising God can seem easier when times are good or when we experience a big victory. When times are more challenging, worship requires a sacrifice of our own feelings and fears so that we can give God the focus God deserves.
King David demonstrated what it means to worship in the midst of pain and loss. His baby died. He prayed and prayed, but his baby still died. The pain of loosing a loved one, specifically a child is too difficult to bear!
However, after the baby died, the Bible tells us –
“Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped.” 2 Samuel 12:20
In times of pain and loss, it is so important that we move towards God rather than away from God. David showed us that in the midst of agony, we must continue to praise.
Worshipping God may feel like the last thing we want to do in the midst of loss, but it is the best thing we can do. We need God more than ever when we are in pain and worshipping God allows us to be close to God!
Can you remember a time when praise helped you during a time of pain? What did that feel like? If you’ve never worshipped God during loss, I encourage you to give it a try! God promises to be near to the broken hearted and I know God will reveal Godself to you as you worship!