God’s timing is impeccable.
The Children’s Ministry magazine this quarter had a story in it that caught my eye. It was about Willie, a 10-year-old Atlanta boy who sang the song, “Every Praise” for three hours until his kidnapper said, “Get out of the car.”
I pulled up a Youtube video showing Willie on a talk show and he said, “I knew that Jesus was going to be with me and He was going to take me through the steps of getting out.” What faith!
A few days later, I was reading my Children of the Day Bible study lesson for that day entitled, “He will surely do it.” Beth Moore asked us to read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 and to write which exhortation we most needed to apply. I wrote, “give thanks in all circumstances.”
Immediately, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Willie and further put things together in my mind.
No matter what we are going through, we can “choose joy.”
And I think it is a choice. I think we have to make up our minds to live above our circumstances and praise Him no matter what.
“Giving thanks in every circumstance sends us on the hunt for God’s goodness right in life’s difficulty.” (Moore, 137)
Just this past week, our well pump stopped working. We live in the country and have a deep well water system. I called a serviceman who came out and estimated that it would cost about $700. This is huge for a budget like mine. But, I thought, I do have the money saved. I can praise God for that. I know He will continue to provide for our needs. He’s always proven faithful. I don’t have to be afraid. Praise Him in all circumstances!
“I know my God will be faithful. I know He will turn this out well. I know what my God has promised. I know that He cannot fail.” (Moore, 136)
Why Should We Praise?
- God deserves it.
- Releases God to act (shows our faith)
- Confuses the enemy
- Pushes back darkness (imagery of someone with a torch walking forward as the darkness is pushed away)
Here’s the song Willie sang, Every Praise by Hezekiah Walker.
Here’s one of my favorite songs, Praise You in the Storm by Casting Crowns.
Job 1:21, “And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (ESV)
Ephesians 5:20, “..giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ..” (ESV)
1 Thessalonians 5:24, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”