Pain and Praise

January 10, 2013 | Tags: ,

But as for me—poor and in pain—
let Your salvation protect me, God.
I will praise God’s name with song
and exalt Him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 69:29-30

When you read through the life and battles of David in 1 & 2 Samuel, the Psalms he wrote become richer and richer in meaning. David suffered tremendous pain, heartbreak, weariness from battles, and constant oppression from enemies that surrounded him. David poured out his heart before the Lord in his writings, and we are blessed to have those inspired writings today to shape and mold us and our prayers. From what I can tell, almost every emotion is covered in the psalms in truthfulness laid bare before the Lord.

A single theme resonates through David’s writings, no matter what emotion he is expressing–praise. Even through the pain, which David expressed openly, he praised God. There is a tremendous spiritual lesson in that for all of us. God wants us to share our deepest pains with Him, and if we’ll let Him, He can shape that pain we experience into praise. I can’t begin to understand how He does this, but I’ve seen it in my own life. Somehow tears of deep pain and sorrow turn into rejoicing in the Lord.

Will you allow Him to do that in your pain today?

Heavenly Father, I lift up each person reading today, and I ask you to help them pour out their pain to you. I then ask you to turn that outpouring of pain into an outpouring of praise. Thank you so much for the wonderful way you work in our lives to do things we just can’t understand, but know can occur by faith in a Living God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

By Courtney Silberman

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