January 18 | Psalm 103:1
“Bless the Lord, O my soul and everything within me, bless his holy name.” (Psalm 103:1)
Whether you are having the best day of the week or the worst, your circumstances don’t change who God is. He is always deserving of high praise. He is worthy of everything we can offer him at all times. Perhaps, though, praise in the midst of trial may be sweeter to him.
Praise in the storm comes from the depths of our souls. It’s easy to praise God when everything’s going right. When the blessings are pouring down from heaven, we remember the God who lavishes his blessings upon us. But in the hard times of trial, pain, and suffering praise doesn’t come so readily from our lips.
But trial presses us unlike any other time. That’s when we must remember Psalm 103. The blessings of our relationship with God ring truer when we need him the most. God’s not finished. This trial isn’t the end.
Last year may have been the press that squeezed you the most. But in the deepest suffering God is our Forgiver, Healer, Redeemer, Crowner with steadfast love and mercy, and Sustainer who satisfies us..
Action Step: Praise God despite your circumstances. Praise him in advance for what you know he will do in your life. In the hard times, through the pain and suffering, raise a hallelujah to the King and Lord of your heart who deserves praise.
Jesus, I praise you in the midst of my storm. I lift up your name as I go down to the depths. I know you are with me in the good times and the bad. No matter my situation, I exalt you and extol you because you are worthy.