At church yesterday the choir sang, “You Alone Are Worthy.” Let me just provide the disclaimer that if you are within a certain radius and this song is sung, just be prepared to worship. Yesterday was no exception. After I began to reflect upon the week, challenges with my children, challenges with my job, challenges with organizations to which I participate, and yes, challenges within myself, I was overcome with the graciousness of God! He is faithful! He is consistent. He is ever present. He takes care of his own. He is forgiving. He is everlasting. He is protection. He is affirmation. He is bountiful. He is beautiful. As I considered the week, and how it would seemingly be easy to just throw in the towel, I continued to become convicted as the choir sang the portion of the song with the high drum beat that goes, “I Will Bless Your Name!”
You see, no matter what we are experiencing, God hasn’t changed his protocol of expectation. We are commanded to bless the Lord at all times (Psalm 34:1). Yet circumstances and reality provide a way of escape, and not in a good way! Blessing the Lord at all times can make us look foolish! Or that we are wasting our time. If you have any bit of learning that undergirds you, reliance upon God may not appear to logically make sense. Yet, God defies the odds with each passing moment.
I am persuaded to bless the name of the Lord! As the choir sang, “I Will Bless Your Name” repeatedly, it was if I considered every disruptive, degrading, depravating and despicable circumstance in my head and told each one specifically that I am committed to worshipping through it! In fact, a sister in Christ told me to do just that. It doesn’t mean that any of the circumstances will change. After all, I am unable to control them – but I can control my response. God has been too good for me to sit down on him. I Corinthians 15:58 affirms, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” Our labor in the Lord, whatever it be directed toward will not be in vain. That’s a good place to give him praise!