praise in the storm

Today’s thought for the day is simply a reminder for us all to praise God no matter where we are… not because of the situation we are facing – for that is a hard place… but simply because of what God HAS done, what he HAS promised and WHO he is.

 

I know times are tough, I know that times are hard, are know that we are all hurting in one way or another, but I know that God hears our cries, that God feels our pain, that God is present with us all the time. ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.’

It is for this reason alone that we lift God in praise, because if we remained silent even the stones would praise the Holy name of God. So, praise Him because God is God, here, now, and always… I leave you the words of Psalm 150:1-6, and after that the lyrics to a song that I really love, Praise you in this Storm by Casting Crowns. The reason for this song being written is different from our situation but the sentiment is just so true for us now… ‘for every tear we cry is held in your hand’… Simply put, God loves you like no other….

 

Psalm 150:1-6:

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

 

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Praise you in this storm – Casting Crowns

(Verse 1)
I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again I'll say Amen
And it's still rainin'

Pre Chorus
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper
Through the rain
I'm with You
And as Your mercy falls
I'll raise my hands
And praise the God who gives
And takes away

Chorus
And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And ev'ry tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

(Verse 2)
I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
And raised me up again
But my strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

(Bridge)
I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of heaven and earth