Great Are You, Lord: How to praise God through the pain

I hear the sweet melody of a worship song playing and the words sink deep into my beating heart, “It’s your breath in my lungs, so I pour out my praise. Great are you, Lord…” 

Images begin flashing through my mind…driving along an open road with my family — talking, laughing, enjoying the beauty around us and in a split second, it all changed.

I can vividly see the moment replay as if in slow motion. The front grill of a pickup truck suddenly in our path. The driver, a young male, coming towards us. I remember looking over at my husband as if to say, “What is happening!?” but the words don’t make it out.

A shrill from the back seat pierces my ear as I come to. Gasping for air, I grab my chest and notice blood freely dripping from the open flesh on my hand. Questions flood my mind, “What happened?” “Where am I?” “Is my family okay?” My husband moves about tending to both Matthew and me, his first responder training on full display.

As I sit in the wreckage waiting for help to arrive something happens, a sense of peace suddenly engulfs me — a peace I can’t put into words. A peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

Minutes seem like hours but in the midst of chaos, I am calm.

The sun softly illuminates a strand of my hair as a light breeze blows across my face and I just sit. In the distance, my ears catch the words of a familiar sound, our worship music still paying on the car radio. I hear the words, “It’s your breath in my lungs, so I pour out my praise. Great are you, Lord…” I knew in this moment God was there with me. It was as if He wrapped me up in His arms and in all the uncertainty, He was calling me to trust Him.

Have you been called to trust God during a season of sorrow or struggle? Let’s face it, it’s easier to wallow in our pitiful pit of despair rather than to praise God through the pain.

Our flesh screams, “What about me!” but our soul whispers, “What about God?” (tweetable)

What about God’s strength?

What about God’s power?

What about God’s grace?

God’s Word is filled with men and women who praised Him through the pain. Think of Job and all his suffering, not once did he curse God instead, he came to know God. What about King David? His pain birthed some of the most beautiful Psalms. And then there’s Habakkuk who, despite all that was going on around him, penned these poetic verses:

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17-19‬ ‭(NIV‬‬)

As I write this, I trace the faint scar on my hand; a continual reminder of that day. A reminder that when we are in the middle of a wreckage or turbulent storm, Christ is right there with us. In fact, He was there before us.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:8‬ (‭ESV)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

How can you praise God through the pain when the pain is too much to bare? (tweetable)

Take note from Habakkuk, who acknowledged his circumstances and his suffering, however, he said a key word, “yet“. In other words, he was saying, “I have no food and I have no money but despite all of this, I choose to find joy in the Lord.”

He chose to praise God through the pain. 

Is there one thing you can choose to praise God for during the pain you’re in? Is there one thing you can choose to be grateful for?

Nothing happens to us without first passing through God (‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:37‬). If we trust and praise Him in the midst of suffering, we can experience peace as He sustains us. Then, when life presents pain our soul can sing the melody, “Great are You, Lord.”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Did today’s post speak to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 

Is there someone you care about who would be blessed by this? If so, feel free to share via social media or email. 

~Anita Marie

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