We are trusting in Him when we praise Him through our struggles; we trust Him with our hearts and with our lips.
We are trusting in Him to remind us of who He is. To put the negative, the sad, the despair, the disappointing, the lonely, the painful and the broken in its place; so we can acknowledge His rightful place among us.
When I praise Him through my struggles I am trusting that He is present and listening. Trusting in Him alone to lift my spirit, so that when I lift up my eyes ‘to the hills…my help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.‘ [Psalm 121:1-2]
I am not talking about feelings, I am talking about truth.
The book of Psalms is filled with pages of praising our Lord through brokenness and betrayal, through struggle and strife. There is a particular psalm that my heart resonates with at the moment and I read it over and over:
‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.’
Trusting in Him is the foundation of this psalm. We would do well to meditate on it.