Dull, aching, sharp, throbbing, we all have experienced varying levels of agony. There are times when the unbearable sensation of the pain attempts to drain us of our praise. The pain could originate from a strenuous marriage, financial constraints, poor heath, or mere weariness.
I refuse to allow my pain to disrupt my praise.
I will give God the glory. Often the strength of the opposition reinforces my focus on Jesus, yet there other seasons when the pressure shuts my mouth. Who gets the glory when I shut down? Who benefits when I am silent? The adversary. He wants the praise, and if he is unable to get it from us, he will attempt to steal God’s praise.
Patiently, with God’s permission, Satan uses increasingly difficult feelings and circumstances to see what will shut us up. Physical pain may become so intolerable that we dare not open our mouths, which is completely human. It is possible to praise in your heart, mouth unopened during these times. This takes faith, patience, and commitment. By all means, care for your condition, but praise through it.
Some have never experienced fiscal fizzling. When you get a lump the size of a watermelon in your throat when the phone rings, mail comes, or that due date rolls by. The watermelon may not subside until you know when change is coming. “What if”, is our enemy. Because God may not reveal the date and time of the deliverance. Pain sometimes means waiting. I surmise praise as an antidote to frustration with bill collages, waiting, weariness and the like.
Finally, marital difficulties can feel like a rusty belt with weights of bashed expectations tied to your waist. Overcoming the pain of differences, disappointment, and disenchantment can begin in praise. Praise tells God, “Hey, this hurts, I don’t like it, but you are my God, my Healer, and despite the anguish, you are worthy of my praise!”