Tonight on my way home from church, my most favorite Casting Crowns song played on the radio, “Praise You In This Storm.” Tonight though, instead of singing with them at the top of my lungs like a nut (and the way you will normally find me riding down the road), I really just listened to the words and let them pour over me. I thought about my friends who are going through storms right now—storms of cancer, storms of other sickness, storms of upcoming surgeries, storms of financial crises, and the list goes on and on. Can I just encourage you tonight to praise Him in your storm? I know it is hard to do … it’s hard for me to do too. I find that every time, though, when I can muster the strength and the courage to fight against everything telling me differently and praise Him through any storm I’m facing, that’s when His peace just floods my soul.
Let the words of this beautiful song fill your heart—“And I’ll praise You in this storm, and I will lift my hands.” Sometimes that’s so very hard. In the midst of my storm, I don’t feel like lifting my hands, but if I can just lift them anyway.
“For You are who You are, no matter where I am.”
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Whatever point in life you find yourself, God is the same as He’s always been.
“And every 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.” In His Word (Hebrews 13:5), He says, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
What a great and precious promise!
It also says in Psalm 22:3, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”
God lives among the praises of His people. No matter what storm is raging around you today, praise Him! Praise Him in the morning! Praise Him in the noontime! Praise Him in the evening! Praise Him! Praise Him!