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Praise Him in the Storm

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“I will praise you in this storm.  I will lift my hands.  Cause you are who you are…NO MATTER WHERE I AM”

The lyrics from the popular Praise you in this Storm by Casting Crowns, jumped to the front of my mind this morning as I read through scripture.  My reading plan took me to Philippians 4:4-9.  Here, Paul is encouraging the Philippian church by reminding them to Rejoice in the Lord.  He says it twice as to really emphasize the importance of finding joy and peace in Christ.

I started to think through my life and reflected on how easy it is to be joyful when the sky is blue and everything is going my way.  But the joy and peace that Paul is talking about is the joy that is present even when, on the surface, it looks pretty scary and uncertain.  The ESV study bible had this to say, Rejoice. The joy that Paul calls for is not happiness that depends on  circumstances but a deep contentment that is in the Lord, based on trust in the sovereign, living God, and that therefore is available always, even in difficult times.”

God certainly doesn’t expect us to quit caring.  Just the opposite, we are to care deeply.  The rest of this passage reminds us that we are to think about all the good things of the Lord that will cause us to want to worship and serve others because he too, served and worshiped his Father in heaven.  But we should care without worry and anxiety.  God’s hand is in all that we do.  He is never gone, he never “steps back”.  Sometimes we try to run ahead, but we can’t outrun his love for us.  The knowledge that he is there and that His will never fails to come to fruition produces a peace and confidence that lets us serve him.

Service should be the fruit that comes in all our lives.  A total focus on the love of Jesus Christ and his goodness in my life should produce a desire to do what he did – Love others, serve them, build them up,  reflect the Holy Spirit in my heart.  Paul quickly  pointed the believers to this important fact.  It’s great to have the love of Christ in our heart, but what good is it if we don’t ever use that Love and peace to help others?  When we put this into practice we will not only know the peace of God, but the God of peace himself will be right there with us (Quoted from the ESV Study Bible).

Today’s Reading: Philippians 4:4-9