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‘Tis so sweet to Trust

Psalm 33:1-4 TPT
1 It’s time to sing and shout for joy!
Go ahead, all you redeemed ones, do it!
Praise him with all you have,
for praise looks lovely on the lips of God’s lovers.
2 Play the guitar as you lift your praises loaded with thanksgiving.
Sing and make joyous music with all you’ve got inside.
3 Compose new melodies[b] that release new praises to the Lord.
Play his praises on instruments
with the anointing and skill he gives you.
Sing and shout with passion; make a spectacular sound of joy—
4 For God’s Word is something to sing about!
He is true to his promises, his word can be trusted,
and everything he does is reliable and right.

Psalm 33:20-22 NLT
20 We put our hope in the Lord.
   He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
   for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
   for our hope is in you alone.

I remember going through some VERY trying times in my life several years ago. And many people had no clue where I was or what I was dealing with.  My marriage had failed and then 6 months later, my mother passed suddenly. I was broken; shattered. I could have said, “I need to take a break; I need some time off” but something on the inside wouldn’t let me quit.  There was an intrinsic urge to keep going… to keep praising. I knew the Lord was holding me regardless of what I felt or what my life was looking like. I was barely holding on on the inside but my praise never stopped. My heart and soul wanted to quit but my spirit said, “No! The name of the Lord is a strong tower, a refuge, and strength.”  My praise was not an empty, emotionally driven act of routine choreographed display. But rather it was my life-line of survival in one of the darkest times I had experienced. I remember leading worship with a mic in one hand and a towel for my tears in the other.

How did I do it?  I was able to still rejoice because my hope was in the name of the Lord and I knew He was working everything I was going through for my benefit.  Everything He had done up ‘til now was trustworthy. He had brought me out before so I knew I could depend on Him to come through again.

So if you’re faced with a season of trial and struggle, keep wiping the tears from your face and “PUT YOUR PRAISE ON!” not because that’s what you’re expected to do, but because that’s what you’re created to do.  God loves you and He will never let you go!

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