When your circumstances are desperate; when you do not understand anything anymore; when you have nothing left; when you do not hear God's voice for some reason; when you just feel awfully miserable; when you are about to fall into depression and a deep negative hole... do you feel like praising the Lord?
I can confess, it is not easy. But I already knew this much: that when I would keep my emotions and thoughts flowing I would fall deeper and deeper into the sea of darkness. Do I want to get more desperate or do I want to get out of these emotions and thoughts?
The decision is up to us ourselves.
"Praising in the desert" means to overcome the circumstances, kicking aside the bad emotions and thoughts (also called as the lies), clinging unto the word of God (also called as the truth) and giving the glory to the one and only who deserves them all - Jesus Christ. He is faithful and good, He has everything in His hands, He understands when you don't understand at all. This is the truth.
Yes, it takes you lots of tears.
Yes, it takes you lots of sweats.
Yes, it takes you you yourself.
Jesus said in [Matt.16:24] to deny ourselves and to take the cross and to follow Him. How do you follow someone? You do not lose your sight of him. Who is He? He is Love, the Light, the Way, the Truth and the Life, the Joy, the Hope... JESUS Christ!
Deny your cicumstances, deny your pain, deny your thoughts and emotions, deny your everything, cling unto the word of Life and just open your mouth and praise God, your creator. You are made to worship Him. And by overcoming through the power of the blood of the Lamb that is already given to you, the Lord will shine His face upon you!
Peace will follow.
It only takes one step to peace.
Let me pass this hammer ([Jer23:29]) I also use to destroy my flesh and lies to you.
May the Prince Of Peace touch and keep you, mighty warrior of light.
1. December 2015