The lyrics of one of my favorite songs are:
Tears running down your face
And your heart feelin’ like it’s gon’ break
And your earth feels like it’s ‘bout to shake
And you’ve taken all that you can take
Just remember where your help comes from
Realizing you got somewhere to run
Don’t worry ‘bout what you’re going through
Instead of worrying, here’s what you can do
Praise Him anyway
In the middle of it!
(“In the Middle”-Isaac Carree)
When listening to this song, I always think of the Book of Daniel, Chapter 3. King Nebuchadnezzar is told of three Jews, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who would not serve his gods nor worship the image of gold. The king has the three thrown into a blazing fiery furnace; but when he looks into the furnace, the three plus One are walking around in the fire, unhurt and unharmed. He says, “…and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Daniel 3:25).
Problems, situations, heartache, and pain are a part of living in this world and unfortunately we, who are believers of Christ, are not immune. But isn’t it wonderful and peaceful to know we have a Father who is always with us and loves us through it all. Because of His love for us, we can praise Him even when we’re full of pain and can’t seem to stop the tears from rolling down our cheeks. In my crying, I like to think that as I praise Him, each tear that wets my face is like His peace touching me. There are times in my life when I’ve wondered, “How can I praise Him, when I can’t even pray?” And then somehow, God gives me the strength to praise Him anyway. It is in those times that my praise is my prayer, and God gives me peace in the middle of my “fiery furnace” situation.
The three Jews were not afraid of King Nebuchadnezzar. They believed in their hearts that God would rescue them (Daniel 3:17) and, even in the midst of the fire, God was with them. Through your heartache, pain, fear, anger, frustration…through your fire, praise God anyway. He will give you His peace.