Praising My Way Through Grief

Praising God when things are going well seems the right thing to do.

But when my world seems to be shattered, praising God can feel unnatural.

And so it is.

This is why God rejoices when I do it, and my life is transformed in the process.

There’s no doubt that the Word instructs me to keep on praising the Lord—no matter what my circumstances are like.

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 KJV

What a challenge this has been in my Christian life. Too often I want to “bless the LORD” with my praise only when all seems right with my world.

When it feels to my near-sighted soul that He has withdrawn His blessings from me–such as when tragedy or trouble comes–I want to withdraw my praise.

The course in the midst of troubles has too often been: I will praise Him when things get better—when He is blessing me again.

The truth is that God never stops blessing me. Every day and every moment of the day He pours His grace on me. He helps me through my troubles—if I’m willing to receive that help. His love for me does not change—even though my circumstances may.

Praises can cease when I start judging God– accusing Him of bringing calamity to my life for all sorts of unholy reasons. The truth is God remains holy and righteous through every season of my life. His view of me does not change just because I think it does or because my view of Him becomes skewed. He is not punishing me through trials just because my wayward soul determines it is so.

When tragedy struck in February due to the suicide of my brother, there was a part of me that wanted to stop praising God. How can I praise a God who refused to intervene to save this precious life? But those thoughts were short-lived as I determined to stay in praise no matter what my emotions told me.

As I have stayed in the Word—especially in the psalms—I’ve been reminded that God is deserving of all my praise. Praise the Lord! I’ve recalled all He has brought me through. Praise the Lord! I’ve recollected how at times He has carried me when I’ve felt too weak to go on—both in this tragedy and in the midst of calamities in the past. Praise the Lord!

Not only do I praise God for His faithfulness in days gone by and in my present struggles, but I also praise Him for His promise to be faithful in the future. I feel excited about what He is going to do next to continue to bring good out of this latest heartbreak as He has done with every challenge in my life.

My heart echoes what David said in Psalm 43:5

…for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (NIV)

Will you say and do the same?

About elainecreasman

I am a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. Since 1986 I have led the Suncoast Christian Writers Group.
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6 Responses to Praising My Way Through Grief

  1. Athena Dean says:

    Thanks for this post, Elaine. I have been practicing this very thing over the last 5 months after coming out of 12 years in a cult with nothing left but my faith. Praising Gd in the midst of grief and loss is a powerful thing to do.

    Athena Dean

  2. Jane Reece says:

    A superb artice. Proves that a Christian can praise their way through anything.

  3. Debbie Nelis says:

    Thank you Elaine,
    This is a hard concept to praise and give thanks in a place where it is so dark you can hardly see your next step.(After the loss of my 17yrs old son) I thank my sister for giving me a CD teaching on “The Power of Praise” in the dark place. I was driving home from work crying my eyes-out, when I remember the teaching “praise the Lord when you least FEEL like it, I started saying “Hallalue you, Praise the Lord, Thank you Jesus.” I was amazed at how quickly the sweet Holy Spirit began to wash over me with His comfort and peace. I love your willingness to open your heart and share your path in words that few of us could articulate.( Thrid Days song “I will Praise you in this Storm” is one of my favorites. God Bless

  4. Anita Ayers says:

    Elaine, this was so touching. We lost a young man who used to work for us in Indiana years ago. He took his life just a few weeks ago and left behind a wife and two small children. It was drugs and financial trouble that pressed him beyond measure. In those moments only God can give us comfort and hope. So many have lost loved ones in similar situations and it is by sharing our hearts with eachother that we continue to heal and become a healing presence. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. Mach says:

    Don’t really know how I ended up here. I appreciate the story though. My son committed suicide 93 days ago due to my strict parenting. In the last 6 months, I’ve lost my job, my house, my savings, my son and am currently homeless and almost pennyless with a 4 year old autistic daughter and the urn containing my 15 year old’s ashes. I wish I could “praise”, but all I can do is curse and try not to commit suicide myself. Still, I appreciated your article. Take care.

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