Instead of saying trials, I was thinking about using the word “struggles”, or even “battles”. Whatever, you get the point. We all face various times of great difficulty. Not only can it be emotionally, physically, and spiritually challenging going through these times, but there is also an added pressure that comes from the realization in the back of our minds that if we don’t respond wisely in this difficult time, we can even make things worse. Ugh!
It is one thing to have a teenager who seems to consistently be making bad choices, but to frequently lose your temper when you are with them doesn’t help
It is one thing to have job stresses, but turning to alcohol (and not being able to control your drinking) is bound to compound your problems
It is one thing to have some marital conflict, but regularly looking at porn as an outlet for your sexual urges will only add gas to your current fires of difficulty
On and on, I could go describing battles that we all face. My guess is that if you are reading this post, there is probably a struggle that is already on your mind- some kind of trouble you are in, right now. Although the specifics of each of our challenges varies immensely, there is one common thing we can all do to help us as we work through our trials—–sing and worship God!
Let me give you some Biblical examples:
- When the leaders of Israel asked God which tribe should go first in the fighting to take over the Promised Land. God said that it should be the tribe of Judah. Judah means praise” (they were also commanded to lead in Numbers 10:14 and Judges 20:18)
- in 2 Chronicles 20, the Israelites were about to be attacked by a big army and King Jehoshaphat was well aware that there was no human way they could defeat their vast opponent. So, besides fasting and praying, vs 22 says “and when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.
- In Acts 16, Paul and Silas preached the Gospel in Philippi and while there, some responded to the life-giving message and some others were bothered by the convicting message (a typical set of responses when the Gospel message is proclaimed). In fact, Paul and Silas got thrown into jail because of their evangelistic efforts. So while in probably a rat-infested, cold, uncomfortable situation how did they respond? Verse 25 (esv) says, “about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake , so that the foundations of the prison were shaken.”
- There can be no greater battle that was ever fought than the one Jesus Christ was involved in during the last week of His earthly life. To live a perfect life on earth so that His life could be accepted as a substitute for the sins of humanity AND to knowingly understand that by carrying to a cruel death, humanity’s rebellious actions and attitudes would mean carrying the weight of God’s judgement AND SEPARATION from the Father, was so intense that the Bible says in Luke 22:44 (esv), “and being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground.” And what had Jesus done before coming to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray with His disciples? Matthew 26, verse 30 says, they sung a hymn.
How about you, my friend? What trials are you going through right now? How are you preparing to deal with them? Have you tried singing and worshiping God?
Doing so, gets your eyes off of your big problems and focuses them on a BIGGER GOD!
Doing so, helps you understand that you are not in this problem alone, you have help, BIG HELP from the Creator of the Universe!
Doing so, helps energize you from having a negative, “it will never end”, “this is overwhelming”, “there is no way out” kind of attitudes to one of expectant hope because this God you are singing to has proven over and over again that He is faithful, that He is capable, that He is loving.
Maybe its time to start singing.