Have you ever looked outside and breathed-in the fresh air of God’s touch and suddenly felt praise rising up from someplace unknown inside of you?
Have you seen beauty that takes away that same breath and felt another kind of praise overwhelming the dark places of your pain?
There is something to be said for that hollow place inside of us that has been made to worship the one who made us. After all, the same one who created our souls created the beauty surrounding us and the air that fills our lungs. He dwells within the praises that gush forth unbidden.
After a recent medical procedure that was labeled “minimally invasive,” my body yet carried a pain that felt very invasive, no matter how it had been labeled. I found myself sinking into that pain. The dark nights surged with shocking currents of pain. But into that darkness, from somewhere deep inside, praise for the God who still dwelt within me began to rise up.
And when the light of morning dawned, the beauty of fresh sunlight poured over my aching head. And another burst of fresh praise swelled up and overflowed. Yes, HE will stir praise in the midst of our pain. And HE will inhabit that very place of praise.
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.Psalm 22:3 ESV
If you look into the meaning of the Hebrew word for “enthroned” at BibleHub, it says: “To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle.”
Will you join me over at the Chronic Joy Website for this month’s Prayer Prompt? In these 4 Scriptures and prayers, one for each week of the month, we find that even in the middle of our pain, we can praise the Creator of the Universe who dwells here within our praises.
Click here to join me, for the audio blog of these words and this month’s prayers.
You may remember that a few weeks ago, Chronic Joy Ministry shared my Allegory on “Concern and Worry.” I am so excited to announce that they have offered to donate a copy for a giveaway of one of my favorite allegories, Hind’s Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard! I will be drawing a name from comments here and on my Facebook post, later this week on August 9. Check back here on next week’s post to see who won!