What exactly is “praise”?
There are many definitions of praise – I will focus on one.
Definition of Praise: The offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God.
When I was new in my walk with the Lord, I commonly heard the term “sacrificial praise.” I was like: Who feels like giving praise when you’re going through hardships and struggles?
But I have learned in doing just this very thing, it can unlock a lot of the weight and heaviness of one’s heart. This was a huge breakthrough for me, and I imagine can be for you as well.
We don’t praise God for the trials, we praise Him because He is faithful to get us through. How? That’s His business! Our business is to trust and rely on Him.
You’ll begin to focus better, see clearer, and think sharper.
So praise God during your struggles.
Praise Him with your tears.
Praise Him in the night seasons.
Praise Him through your fears.
Praise Him in the midst of confusion.
Praise Him with your mess.
Praise Him in all your questions.
Praise Him on your quest.
If on a mountain peak,
Or down in the dump;
Even if things look bleak,
or stuck in a slump.
Your load will soon feel lighter.
Your heart slightly fuller.
Your mind a little sharper.
Your steps a tad bit quicker.
Then you’ll praise Him that the fog has lifted,
Praise Him the pain has eased,
Praise Him for the circumstances shifted,
Praise Him that the gloom has ceased.
Lift your hands in surrender to Him.
For the spirit of heaviness, put on that Garment of Praise!
If you don’t know my pain, you’ll never understand my praise.