Friday, March 18, 2011

Can You Still Praise Him?

I have been reading a book that is a good book, called We Be Big, The mostly true story of how two kids from Calhoun County, Alabama became Rick and Bubba.  It's mostly an autobiography of these two men and how they became radio personalities.  One of them talks about the birth of their son and how his wife and the baby almost died.  As we walked out to tell his family that everything was okay, he yelled how great God was at that moment.  But then he heard, if they had died, would I have been less great?  What words!  When we are high on that mountain with life being good and everything going our way it is so easy to say God is good.  But it's in those lowest points that we have to question ourselves about our faith.

I do not think it is a question we want to ask ourselves, but something that we need to evaluate maybe after the worst is pass.  And you will know when that is.  Maybe it will be a few months after the crushing blow of losing a loved one, or your job.  Maybe it's after the dust settles and the treatment is starting to work.  It could just be the blahs.  But whatever it was that took you to a dark, sad place, can you still say the words to Psalm 92?

Psalm 92
It is good to praise the LORD
   and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning
   and your faithfulness at night,
3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
   and the melody of the harp.
 4 For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD;
   I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
5 How great are your works, LORD,
   how profound your thoughts!
6 Senseless people do not know,
   fools do not understand,
7 that though the wicked spring up like grass
   and all evildoers flourish,
   they will be destroyed forever.

 8 But you, LORD, are forever exalted.
 9 For surely your enemies, LORD,
   surely your enemies will perish;
   all evildoers will be scattered.
10 You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox;
   fine oils have been poured on me.
11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
   my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.

 12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
   they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the LORD,
   they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
   they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright;
   he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

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