Mourning Turns to Songs of Praise

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation….Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. 1Peter 4:12-13, 19.

You are in pain but you are not done yet, running the race that is set before you. Maybe you have not yet come close to the suffering that you will endure. What are your choices? You could run from the pain and lose hope. Or you could accept the suffering as God’s will, putting your hope in His Name, trusting that He is using this for your benefit to make you broken, to make you purified, to deepen your love for Him, to teach you to love your enemies, to make you fit for His service, to prepare you for final glory. You could choose to worship.

Worship through song is a precious gift of God that He lovingly gives to us while we are down here. Yes much of our song is praise and thanksgiving to Him; ‘proclaiming His worth’; but music is also for our own encouragement, that we not lose hope in our trials. How thankful I am for songs of worship and encouragement that we can sing through our journey of sufferings, to remind ourselves and each other of the hope we have in Him.

In the name of the Father
in the name of the Son
in the name of the Spirit
Lord we come.
We’re gathered together
to lift up your Name
to call on our Savior
to fall on your grace.
Hear the joyful sound
of our offering
As your saints bow down
as Your people sing
We will rise with You
lifted on Your wings
and the world will see that
our God saves,
our God saves,
there is hope in Your name.
Mourning turns to songs of praise

our God saves
our God saves.

Listen : Our God Saves, by Paul Baloche

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