Do you know how to be still, to trust God, when times are hard? My heart wants to answer Yes, that I can Be Still in every season, I can praise God in song when it’s hard, but that would be a lie. The ability to praise God in the storm comes and goes. When life it’s easy, but I find praising God through trials hard. Today, in our 40-Day Fast to Be Still, we will look at the blessing of praising God and how it both prepares us for and helps us through every season.
Psalm 84:4 Blessed and greatly favored are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence;
They will be (Be Still) singing Your praises all the day long. Selah.
The Context of Psalm 84:4
The phrase “Be Still” in this Song is full of a longing to be in God’s House that we’ve lost. The children of Israel know all about the difficulty and still, they Worship. It is beautiful really.
When was the last time you longed to be in church?
In America, there is a church on every other corner and most of us have a pastor or faith blogger in the family 😉 . So what’s the big deal about going to Church?
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The Israelites got some things wrong (crucifying the Messiah for example) but they understood the blessing of being in God’s House. One thing they understood about being in God’s House was being in God’s Presence.
Being in the Temple was something Israelites longed for. If they lived far from the temple they would make a long journey just to worship in the Temple of God.
Something about being in God’s presence makes your heart and soul sing for joy and so we sing in God’s House. The Psalmist seems almost jealous of the Temple birds. Historians note that birds were kept in the temple to sing praise to God, to add a harmony to the singers as they worshiped.
Those birds lived in the temple, nested and raised chicks in the temple. Blessed Birds. The envy of Israelites longing to Worship God in God’s house.
Observations from Psalm 84:4
Disciples of Christ, Christians, have the Presence of God Living in us
The Psalm goes on to praise God as our shield, the Warrior God of Hosts we can rely on. Do you see what God says about hard times here? They will come, but we can rely on God to be our shield and defender.
Christians have the Hope of Christ alive inside our soul. Because the Holy Spirit lives in us our body is the Temple of God.
How do you stay strong in difficult times with the Holy Spirit living in you?
Praise God. Yep, Praising God in the midst of trouble is a powerful tool. If you are the temple of God, that same joy you get when praising God in Church can come while praising God anywhere.
So, How do you handle difficult situations in life?
You’ve had a bad, everyone is sick and the youngest spikes a 102 temp, sending you to the urgent care all night.
Praise God in song. I kid you not, a well-planned playlist with my favorite Hillsong worship songs can be just the thing to help me keep my joy.
Application of Psalm 84:4
What happens when we praise God in difficult times?
Difficult times come, the difference between a hot mess and a holy calm for me is remembering that My God is bigger than my problem.
Believe me, I’ve asked the hard questions, maybe you have too… maybe you still are?
How do you overcome hard times?
When one hard thing is conquered, another is just around the corner. God never promised us a comfortable, perfect life, He only promised to be with us through it all.
How do you stay positive in hard times to not hurt others faith?
Honestly, I just want to pause here a moment.
Somewhere along the line, we bought the lie that Christianity is some kind of Hollywood Fairy-tale where every story gets a happy ending. That is not what Redemption is about.
Christianity is not a FairyTale, it’s an action movie, not for Faint of heart, where the Hero… Is. Not. Me.
So, instead of trying to stay positive in hard times, let’s Be Still and Trust God in Hard Times.
Singing praises to the Lord when It’s Hard can help us Be Still
Final Thoughts on Psalm 84:4
Did you ever wonder what happens when you Sing? Read about it here. Singing is a powerful way to Be Still, calm fear, and relieve anxiety.
Worship songs that praise God calm us. Praise songs refocus our thoughts. Read about how to praise God in Anxiety here.
There is a Grace that comes when we gather together in Church. Yeah Yeah I know we are the temple now, but you miss a blessing when you miss time in God’s house. Singing together with other believers feeds your soul and encourages your heart.
I can google gospel songs about going through hard times alone in my car anytime but when we gather together and worship God it is so much more powerful.
So yes, we need a Playlist filled with praise and worship songs about fear. But we also need to gather as Christians and unite in songs about needing god to get through the hard times together.
A Prayer to Be still and Praise God in Song When It’s Hard
Thank you for being my shield and defender, the Lord of Hosts who fights for me and stays with me in hard times. Forgive me for losing my first love, that fire that used to burn deep inside me driving me into your presence like a school girl with her first crush. Rekindle that fire. Help me to long to be in Your house singing praise to You the way the Psalmist did.
Remind me that You are with me in every season. You never leave me or forsake me in hard times. Teach me to Be Still in that truth today. I will glorify Your Name alone Father.