'Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped.' 2 Samuel 12:20
Growing up my mother always used to stress giving God thanks in the good and the bad.
'We have to give Him thanks for our hard times.' she would say and I would stand confused.
Why on earth would we give thanks for bad things that happen to us?
Getting up after a bad fall with a smile on our face, is not typical. We are in pain, bruised and bleeding. The last thing in our mind is to jump up with joy and begin walking with a spring in our step.
So it is with our spiritual lives.
One day we are walking ever so joyously with everything going well within our jobs, marriage, or families and out of the blue, things go south.
I'm not talking about a flat tire making you late to work, or leaving your credit card at home, here. I'm referring to way south, where things seem hopeless and no way out.
I've been there. Tired of trying. Desperate for an answer. Seeking an easy way out. Wanting to disappear.
Many of us have too. At that point the last thing I thought of doing was lifting up my hands to worship God. At that point all I wanted was for Him to take me out of my misery.
Stopping yourself in the middle of your hurricane is a difficult task, but a must when standing between your spiritual life and death.
It is stopping to realize that no matter which way we turn, we are NOT in control. Only God is.
However, letting go and letting God, may even make the task more difficult when we don't fully know the God we are handing things to.
He is a God that has saved us from the death penalty and given us life should we accept it (Romans 6:23). He is God who is patient and kind with our transgressions (2 Peter 3:9). He is the Almighty who holds our lives in His hands(Isaiah 49:16). He is the Alpha and Omega (Revelations 22:13). Nothing can't stand against Him and nothing can make Him fall (Romans 8:31). His love towards us cannot be measured and wants to mold us through these transgressions to be more like Him.
Understanding this and accepting it, is what will help us get back up bruised, and hurting but with peace in our hearts that we are not alone. David although, his son had been taken away, got up and worshipped the God that was and is still in control.
This battle is not ours, but more importantly it has been won.
If your down in the deepest and darkest state one could be, worship. When things don't turn out the way you expected, worship.
Worship because He is good and His love endures forever and ever. Amen.