Weeks ago I heard for the first time a song by one of my favorite groups, Unspoken.
The song, “Higher,” speaks of how if life brings me low, I need to lift God higher.
Every time I hear the song since, I tend to sing aloud—sometimes quite loudly—to remind myself of this truth I too often forget as I face difficulties in my life which threaten to crush me.
I realize my most desperate moments come not when troubles bombard my life, but when I lift difficulties above God. I allow them power over me, and I forget how the power of God trumps any trial I face.
When I observe others who face hard times in their lives, I see them lose hope, faith, and even their love for God and people when they fail to lift God higher than their problems. I think, I resided in that place before; you can choose not to stay there. I try to speak to them about this truth, but often they refuse to listen. Instead they speak out loud their problems again and again.
How often I fall into the same trap. And I too can fail to listen to the wisdom of others around me.
One way to lift God higher during hard times centers on worship. How easily I forget to spend time in worship when worry takes over. Instead of thoughts which magnify the Lord, my negative thoughts cause my problems to grow until they seem huge—even compared to God.
Satan gladly supplies the negative thoughts which keep me focused on my problems rather than on the presence, power, and provision of God.
2 Corinthians 10:5 spells out one way to combat these negative thoughts: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Yesterday I visited my daughter’s church where the sermon title asked, “What Keeps You Up At Night?” The pastor brought up fears we battle. Fears, which are close cousins to worry, rob me of my firm faith in a God who loves me with an everlasting love and who possesses the power to bring me through every trial—if I depend on Him.
Satan wants me to doubt two attributes of God: His love and His power. And when I give in, I fail to lift Him higher.
Today I choose worship above worry, and I determine to let thoughts of God’s love and power to override any thoughts which cause me to sink lower and lower. And I want to speak out loud more and more how God blesses me instead of repeated proclamation of my problems and disappointments.
God promises me victory if I allow Him to lead—to be God Most High. And He uses me to urge others to keep Him as God Most High as they see me do it.
“But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere” (2 Corinthians 2:14 AMPC).
I embrace that promise and every other promise He holds out to me. I choose this moment to believe He is who He says He is—God Most High. Joy rises as I do.
“Higher” by Unspoken
Another song that helps me to keep my focus on God Most High: “Magnify” by We Are Messengers