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How can I keep from praising?

2017-12-03 17:18
Pastor’s letter (702) Dec. 3rd 2017
How can I keep from praising?

When we feel that life is difficult or spiritually testing, we tend to be more selfish. It is temptation to live only for ourselves. We want to be comforted, we are afraid of hurting anymore... However, the more difficult our situation gets, the more we should desire God's grace. We need to be more active in our lives at the church. Why? It is because God will help you if you give difficult problems to God by faith. God understands and loves us. He is always by our side. One pastor underwent surgery for cancer. He said that he prayed like this while he was battling for his life. "Lord, I pray that my pain will not be so great that it will hurt my family. Lord, I pray that my pain will not be so long that it will become the dark shadow of the Church. Lord, I pray that my pain will not be a mockery of the world."

The Apostle Paul confessed that in the province of Asia they were under great pressure so that they despaired even for their lives. In our hearts we felt the sentence of death. The Apostle Paul confessed that in Asia the desire to live had been severely afflicted. I feel a death sentence enough to think that I might die like this. However, in such a difficult situation, he repeatedly said, "Thank you". It was a determination to trust God more and more. "Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,” (2 Corinthians 1:9-10)

He had been unfairly accused of preaching. He was imprisoned and suffered fainting spells. Even then, when he awoke in the deep night, the first thing he did was to praise God. Thanking God for his warm love and singing of the riches of God's grace with a beautiful song. The prisoners in the next room all heard the song(Acts 16:25). What was he thinking while looking at the wounds on his body? Certainly, he would have been reminded of the scars on Jesus’ body. The scourging of the Lord, the pain of being slaughtered to save us, and the wounds that occurred when the nails were pounded in His ankles and wrists. This wound I am now experiencing is nothing compared to the suffering on the cross that the Lord received for me. Because he still believed that the Lord who loved him still was with him, he was thankful in prison. He was happy because of his belief that the Lord who leads his life is with him always. Greater love than wounds, Greater grace than the weight of life. He believed that everything God created was good, and that there was nothing to abandon. The many trials and tribulations that we have will be of benefit if we accept it by faith. We must not stop praising throughout the 365 days. Praise will awaken who I am and awaken our sensitivity to what kind of love I am receiving. “My life flows rich in love and grace By Christ in mercy offered, who anguish bore, and took my place, when on the cross He suffered. His precious blood He shed to free, from sin and all its stinging, Death destined sinners such as we! How can I keep from singing?” (Hymns # 303) If we don’t look for a reason not to praise and find a reason to praise, we will experience gratitude and happiness.