The truth about the matchless love of God for us is so simple, yet so difficult to actually believe with everything we have. God never fails us because He is the One who intricately designed and planned creation and human history.
In the middle of our heartache when we lose a loved one, God is present. When you lost your job and have been searching a seeking for months and you’re getting to the end of your willpower (and severance pay), God is working. The character of God is such that He is unable to control all things and be present to all people.
One of the greatest desires God has is for us to be present to Him as He is always and perfectly present to us. The waiting that we experience is not God being absent, but God waiting for the right time to bestow blessings on us. And the hard truth is that the blessing we are awaiting may not come before Christ returns. Brokenness plagues the whole of creation and never-ending love and joy await us in eternity.
Because God is sovereign over all of creation and all of life we can praise Him when we don’t see Him or when we don’t feel Him. Because God is so good we can choose (we get to choose) to praise in the midst of the storm, knowing that ‘for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.’ For His purpose – which is always to glorify His name. Until eternity is here and we are dwelling with God forever we are going to be living with disappointment. God’s desire for us is to reframe these disappointments and frustrations as opportunities to cling to Him more closely, experience His love more richly, and be more present to the ways we are truly in need of Him each and every day.
This means we must choose to praise. “Yes I will life You high in the lowest valley. Yes I will bless Your Name. Yes I will sing for joy when my heart is heavy. All my days, yes I will.” This is a conscious decision we must make. This is not something that will come out of us naturally as we walk the lowest valley with heavy hearts. To praise is to choose God even in the midst of sorrow. To bless God’s Name is to thank Him when we can’t see Him working. Singing for joy is reminding ourselves of the true character of our Heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally when we feel alone.
Through this song we are singing the truths of who God is. However, we are not stopping there. Once we remind ourselves of who God is we are letting those truths impact our attitudes. Truly, we are attempting to stir our hearts to worship the King of all Kings. We worship when we experience who God is. We worship when we sit with God. We worship when we slow ourselves down enough to notice we are not pursuing God and turn back toward Him.
Nothing can stand against our God. Praise God!