Sony’s Thoughts: Praise in the Midst of the Valley

This past week, I was reminded of the power of praise in the midst of valleys. It seems like when we’re feeling low, the last thing we want to do is praise God. Yet Scripture is full of commands to do just that.

“Rejoice evermore. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18)

This is probably the hardest passage to apply; yet if you are trying to discern God’s will for your life, start here. Praise has a way of lifting us up out of the valley so that we meet God and can hear His voice. Why stay in the valley of despair if you don’t have to?

I’ve been going through a very dark valley lately so I’m speaking from experience.  However, as I begin to thank God for the good things that He is continuing to do, my burden begins to feel lighter and I begin to see sunlight at the end of the tunnel. Although there are times when we fail to see God’s goodness, there’s never a time when He isn’t good. I think the greatest blessing in trials is that they force us to cling to God’s hand. It occurred to me the other day that if God were a man, I would be crushing His hand right now with how tightly I’m clinging. Slowly but surely, however, I’m lightening up and will once again get to the place where, instead of me fearfully clinging (even kicking and screaming), I’ll be walking beside Him allowing Him to lead me where He will and then that joy will return and I will have a deeper faith and trust in Him which this time is designated to produce.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:2-4)


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  1. Daniel,
    Thank you for your encouraging words today. I am in exactly in that place, too. We know what we need to do but sometimes it is nice to have a reminder. Hang in there!.
    Nancy

  2. Daniel,
    I am in the midst of a valley also. Every year the people in my community sing the Messiah in December. Today was the first practice session, and I didn’t want to go, because I was just thinking of myself all the time and my situation. I went. I am so glad I did. There is nothing like singing The Hallelujah Chorus to put things in perspective. I felt a tear of joy come down my cheek. When your in the valley, Praise The Lord. Thank You for this devotion.
    Jeff

  3. Just giving credit where credit is due….Sony is the one that puts up her Devotionals. Thank you Sony, they are always a blessing!!

  4. Thank you, DJPhil, and thank you to everyone who reads my posts and those who take the time to comment. You all have been such an encouragement to me the past couple years, and I thank God for allowing me this outlet.

  5. Sony, I’ve had some really grey days lately too. It is the valley’s that we need Jesus the most. Several day’s I’ve played gospel DVD’s all day and it really helps.