“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 43:5
These are the words that greeted me this morning as I checked my email. Psalm 43:5 was in my Inbox as my verse for the day from The Daily Bible Verse. I feel like the “SENDER” line may as well had “GOD” in that spot.
In this verse, God reminds us that we are not only to praise Him when things are going well, but that we are to praise Him in ALL THINGS. Praise does not come with conditions:
“I will praise Him when it is sunny outside,”
“I will praise Him when I get that raise,”
“I will sing His praises when I am healed.”
No, friends. That’s not what we are commanded to do. And believe me, I KNOW it’s hard.
I am reminded of the video I made after I had completed treatment, and with what care and mindfulness I chose the song that accompanied my journey. In choosing “Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns, I was giving Him praise, not just in my healing, but in my diagnosis, my surgeries, my treatments, and my journey as a whole…in good times and bad.
I haven’t been very mindful of that this week. I haven’t been praising God through my storm, and I needed the email from Him to remind me that I will praise Him in all things, good and bad…and believing they are going to be GOOD.
We are packing up to head to Tyler’s last JV basketball game, then we are off to STL for my biopsy tomorrow morning. Keep our kids in your prayers as they also have some anxiety about the biopsy, even though some show it more than others. And since my parents are taking home our sweet princess who has been especially temperamental this week, you should probably pray for them as well!
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, we certainly covet each and every one of them.