I will praise you in this storm…

I love the song “Praise you in this storm”, by Casting Crowns – I first heard it a couple of years ago, when I was visiting friends in America, and it came onto the radio. This was before I really listened to any Christian music (nowadays it’s basically all I listen to) and I just was completely overcome by the lyrics:

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

Aren’t they amazing? I love the biblical reference at the end (from Psalm 121) – in the song it’s almost spoken; kind of as a final statement – so you recognise the strength of the truth they are singing about.

It’s a beautiful song. It reminds me that no matter what situation I face, I have God, and I have to praise Him! It’s quite simple really, but so often I find myself struggling and floundering around, getting stressed out or anxious and feeling completely overwhelmed – this is completely the opposite of what God wants for me. In all the situations that make me feel that way, He wants me to cling to Him! He wants me to turn back and face Him, draw close to Him and let Him help me. People who know me will know that I’m not very good accepting help – I love to help others, I genuinely do – but when it comes to revealing my own need: I suck!

I’ve learned through my three years in Canterbury so far that I don’t need to be completely self-reliant, that I have a God who is incredibly strong and who loves me…but actually putting it into practice, and making myself vulnerable and recognising the need for God’s intervention in my situation is something that I am still learning. Let’s just say, when I’m in a difficult place – God isn’t alway my first thought. Usually I try and figure out a way to do it myself, persevere in that for a little while until I realise it’s completely pointless, and then turn to God. I certainly don’t praise Him while I’m struggling!!

The song I’m talking about helps me to remember that God is in everything, and that He should be my first thought in all circumstances. I want Him to be. I want Him to be the centre of my world – the first and the last. He is my Saviour King, and even through difficult times He is worthy of my praise because He is my rescuer.

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,who made heaven and earth.

(Psalm 121: 1-2)

(To hear the song, click the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHdcyue0bSw)