10 Reasons To Praise God In Difficult Times
KEY SCRIPTURES: 2 Chronicles 20:22-30; Hebrews 13:15-16
Hebrews 13:15 “By him therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruits of our lips giving thanks to His name”
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Challenging times can be hard and when all chips are down, one tends to be broken and begins to doubt the existence of God. The situations can be so overwhelming that fear, pain and doubt becomes the order of the day. Questions with no definite answers come to mind and at a point, all will seem that no hope or that God has forgotten about one. The faith in God is shaken to the lowest and crying and groaning can step in. Difficult times can’t be completely avoided in this world, but we can take measures on what to do so that it won’t take away our faith in the supremacy of God. Difficult times don’t last but people going through it can last once they have reasons to have an unwavering faith that God will and can calm the storm of life. Praising God in difficult times is a good way of confusing the enemy to avoid rejoicing over you and reminding him that God is in control. When we praise God in difficult times, we develop strong faith and new hope that the moment will pass and that all things are working together for our good. God doesn’t forsake his own during difficult times, but He will always provide an anchor to keep us and make our faith stronger in Him.
We are valuable in God’s hand, and He will never allow temptations and trials that are too huge for us to overwhelm us. He will always provide a way of escape, but we must be ready to praise Him in all things. AS Christians, we must believe in God’s promises when he said he will never leave or forsake us and those promises will manifest during difficult and good times when we faint not. Praising God in difficult times is a confession to God that we totally depend on Him no matter the outcomes of the trying times. Praising God during difficult times enables one to obtain wisdom and guidance on how to get out of the difficult times. Praise drives away fear of the unknown from the heart and mind during difficult times and it is best as a believer to practice using effective praises as a weapon to fight difficult times. This article will give 10 insightful reasons to praise God in difficult times.
- GOD IS OUR CREATOR: Luke 12:7; Psalms 139:2
God is our creator, and he knows us even when we are in our mother’s womb. He knows everything about us and only Him can guide us in the way He wants us to go. Praising Him in difficult times helps us to draw closer to the whole essence of one’s existence and only He can give meaning to why we are passing through such a phase and provide wisdom and guidance on what to do to come out of it successfully. Praising God is very essential in difficult times in order not to miss the reason for such a phase.
2. THE BIBLE COMMANDS IT: Psalms 150:6
God’s word which is the bible commands that we should always praise God with a joyful and cheerful heart. When we praise God in difficult times, we are simply obeying the word of God and obedience gives birth to victory over the situation or issues. Obeying God by praising Him makes the situation to be a thing of the past because we are already overcomers in Christ.
3. PRAISES ENABLES GOD TO FIGHT FOR YOU: 2 Chronicles 20:22
When Jehoshaphat was faced with difficult times, he ended up praising God and God granted him victory and he didn’t even have to fight in the battle because God fought for him. As believers, when faced with difficult times, praising God helps Him to step in to fight the unseen forces working against you and once God steps in, victory is sure and imminent.
4. PRAISES FACILITATES ACCESS TO GOD: Psalms 100:4
When you praise God in difficult times, it facilitates direct access to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and grace which will help you in trying times. Praises birth wisdom to go about the situation and guidance enables steps to take to take solutions to the difficult times in order to come out of it strong and safe. Praising God in difficult times makes us have better intimate communication with Him and to hear God’s voice.
5. PRAISES REFRESH AND RENEW THE SPIRIT: Psalms 28:7
Praising God in difficult times helps to refresh and renew one’s spirit in order not to be too overwhelmed with the situation at hand. Praising God facilitates the necessary help to conquer and be triumphant over difficult times and moments. Praises renew our spirit and strengthen us in difficult times because difficult times will pass which is given to strengthen us in faith.
6. PRAISES PROMOTES PRODUCTIVITY: Psalms 17:5-6
Every time we praise God in difficult times, God uses the challenging times to stretch us to our maximum, thereby making our faith stronger in Him which helps us to be productive in all areas of life. Praise promotes life’s productivity because no matter the storm of life, there is an assurance that it will not kill us but make us stronger and deepen our relationship with God.
7. PRAISES CHASES AWAY DESPAIR AND GIVES VICTORY: Isaiah 61:3
Praising God in difficult times chases away despair which makes us stronger instead of wallowing in self-pity or dangerous depression. Praising God moves one away from thinking about the situation, being depressed or backsliding and brings us to a place of confidence, total dependence and greater belief that God is already handling the situation, and everything will be alright at the end of the day. Despair is not present when praising God is around. Praise chases away brooding too much on the situation and focusing on God.
8. PRAISES IS AN EFFECTIVE WEAPON AGAINST THE DEVIL: Psalms 27:6
Praise is a weapon that is very effective in pushing back the forces of evil. It is also very effective in helping us to better focus on God in our quiet time with Him and in our daily lives. Praise confuses the enemy and helps to defeat the devil during difficult times. Praise also helps us to know God in real and personal ways, rather than just know about God.
9. PRAISES GIVES GOD A GIFT AND AN OFFERING: Hebrews 13:15-16
Praising God in difficult times is a gift and offering to God and this will make Him work wonders because we have given him a sacrifice from our heart which is our best when we don’t even feel up to it. The more we praise God in difficult times, the more we share God’s unfailing love to others which enables them to witness such faithfulness from us.
10. PRAISES SHRINK THE CHALLENGES
When one is facing challenging times, the challenges will begin to look bigger than God and fears began to rule the heart because one is focusing more on the challenges but when you turn your heart to praising God in these challenging times, the problems begin to shrink, and it will give new perspective on the trials and full insight on how to convert them to blessings which God promises after the battles.
Don’t be discouraged or overwhelmed thinking God is not involved during trying or difficult moments or times. Remember that all things work together for good to those who love God and work according to his purpose. His thoughts and plans are good and not evil to bring us to an expected end which is a brighter future in Christ Jesus. Praising and praying to God should be our daily practice as Christians no matter the situations or circumstances in order to have a deeper relationship with God to live a healthy Christian life.