Praising, Even in the Dark

…His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  Psalm 34:1 (KJV)

As I reread the above verse, I hear the Spirit telling me that I should praise Him all the time – regardless of my circumstance. That means that when things are not good and when challenges are weighing me down, His praise should remain in my mouth.

I recall many years ago when our youngest son was having a very difficult personal problem in his young life. As we rushed to his side, I had such a heart full of fear and worry for him. I wanted to reach him, grab him, hold him and fix it all for him. Yet, when we did reach him, we were not allowed to be near him. As a Mom, not being able to reach him was the worst thing for me.

As I stood by and watched “professional” people deal with him, I felt so helpless. I didn’t know what to do for him. Then I felt the Holy Spirit urging me to start praising the Lord. I found myself praising the Lord for who He was. I began to praise our awesome God for entrusting our youngest son to us. I praised God for our son’s life, for all that he was and for all that I knew he could become. I praised God for loving us and for the assurance that He was right there with us. At the darkest hour of our youngest son’s life, and the darkest hour of this mother’s life, I could do nothing but praise our God!

Our youngest son remains alive and successful. He has his own business, bought his own house and is the father of our eight-year-old granddaughter and five-year-old grandson. What blessings they are to us!

Father, sometimes it’s so hard in life. Sometimes things hurt, and we feel there is nothing but dark and pain around us. Help us to praise You. Help us to praise You no matter our circumstances.