God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ's triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. 2 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT)
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7
In his lifetime, Dr. Jerome E. McNeil, Jr., my pastor of 10 years often said you should not judge another person's praise because you don't know their story. We all have a story. Whether a story full of victory and triumph, or filled with pain and heartache, we all have a story. Some of us had to go through the heartache to get to the triumph. I know for me, there have been days when I thought I would never dream again. I felt God was distant, I was in the dark, and couldn't see light anywhere. But as saints of God what we all must realize is that God has already written victory into your story. Today's text bears that out. From time to time, life brings pain to us all. The Word of God says it rains on the just and the unjust (Matt. 5:44-45). No matter how strong you are, or how big your Bible is, life has a way of knocking us down. The possibilities are endless; it could have been a parent's trauma of having to bury a child, or a divorce, or the hurtful words from church members, or the disappointment of someone you thought you could always depend on not being there for you.
Last weekend in Tyler, Texas I was blessed to be a part of a powerful women's conference with some anointed women of God. I came away with so much, but what stuck with me most, was the fact that many of us continue to "replay" our stories, but never get to the song. We all have a story, but we all have a song, too; it's just that some of us have to work a little harder to get to the song. The song has been there, you just haven't heard it because the pain of constant "replay" has blocked your hearing. Be encouraged in that God has already written victory into your story. His plan is for you to walk in triumph with a constant supply of joy. Make today the day you stop hitting the "replay" button on your story and decide to sing, and sing, and sing your song. I know you have one.