I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." 
(John 16:33, NLT)

Sometimes praising God is painful.  Oh, I know we say praise will make everything alright, and praising God will lift you out of your darkened state.  And yes, we have scripture on that (Isaiah 61:3), but there are times when praising God doesn't make us "feel" better.  But I dare say the change takes place, the deliverance takes place, joy is restored in your spirit when you make a conscious choice to praise God just because you know He's worthy of it - even when it's painful.  The Word of God is very clear when it says "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God. . ." (Psalm 34:19).   And I know Jesus said we would have some problems in this world, but He also invites us to be encouraged because He has overcome the world.  God has already written victory into your story.  I also know that praising God will bring joy, peace, and promotion out of our affliction - in God's time.  t As worship leaders we sometimes give the impression that a good hallelujah praise will make all the pain in the natural go away.  As the preacher feels he/she has done the congregation a disservice by not concluding the sermon with mention of Jesus at Calvary and the salvation message, as worship leaders we do a similar disservice by not addressing the inward aspects of praise and worship.  It isn't all high and hype; it is a relationship with the Lord that is ever growing to understand that sometimes it hurts to praise God, but we praise Him anyway because the sanctified worshiper understands that it isn't just a Sunday ritual, but a lifestyle practiced daily.   


If you give God a chance and continue to praise Him, He will show Himself strong in your spirit man.  Your problem won't always go away in the natural immediately,  but God will show you He's walking right with you.  He is a God of love and joy, but He is also a God who suffers.  Every pain you feel He feels it too; and He wants to walk with you right through it.  Sometimes praise is painful, but the Word of God is still true - God is a Deliverer (Psalm 34:4, 7, 17, 19).  Be encouraged in that sometimes God will deliver you IN it, before He delivers you OUT of it.  


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