The Christian music group Casting Crowns released a song a few years ago called Praise You in This Storm. The chorus of the song says this:
And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
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
This past Sunday, as I was leading our song set, I witnessed people in our congregation living out this chorus.
I’ve mentioned before that I feel like I have a unique perspective on a Sunday morning. Most Sundays I am up front with one of our praise teams leading our community as we sing. I get to see people as they sing and respond to God by bowing heads, lifting hands or simply closing their eyes. Being involved in the church for a number of years I also know some of the struggles that people go through. I was struck by how a number of our people were able to praise God even though they were going through a storm.
Some in our church family are dealing with relationship struggles and marriage issues.
Others are experiencing loss.
There are individuals and families impacted by health concerns.
Still others carry the burden of a family member who is far from God.
Yet, many are still able to praise God in the storm.
I was moved by their example and reminded that God is faithful no matter what our circumstances might try to tell us. One of the benefits of corporate worship is being encouraged by the faithfulness of many of God’s people who continue to praise Him in the storm. It was a good reminder to me that I need to and can praise Him in the storm.