I’ve been reading elsewhere that when a Christian is happy, he/she must sing praises. But as David had lived, praising God through everything – whether on the mountaintop shouting victory, in the wilderness running away from an enemy, in a cave desolate, walking through the valley of the shadow of death languishing in the bed of sickness – so we have been taught to live likewise, exalting God and rising above our circumstances.
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise.
Awake, my glory!
Awake, lute and harp!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to You among the nations.
For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds. (Psalm 57: 7-10)
It’s so encouraging and faith-strengthening listening to beloved brethren in Christ testify how they obtain victories by singing God’s praises through trials and not only in season of rejoicing, for that is how we are being taught. So, that’s how we live in our own homes, filling them with songs of praise night and day, and in times of great need.
When the enemy attacks and brings sickness to a member of the family, we sing praises first, then we pray and lay hands on the sick. It doesn’t matter if the heart is trembling and the knees are weak, do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is [our] strength (Neh. 8:10). It doesn’t matter if there are no accompaniments just as long as we sing with all that is in us, God will honor our humble offering.
When we sing praises to God and worship, the enemy flees, for he cannot stand it. So, let’s sing through sadness and the Lord will fill our hearts with joy. Let’s sing through sickness and the Lord will bring healing. Let’s sing through difficulties and challenges and the Lord will lead us to victory. Why? Because He it is who performs ALL things for us! He takes our true worship personally.
I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.
He shall send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah
God shall send forth His mercy and His truth. (Psalm 57: 2-3)