Sometimes we go to worship with the church on Sunday with heavy hearts and serious trials.
We may think it’s unrealistic to try to sing songs of joyful praise with any sincerity.
But there’s no better way to get up than to look up, surrounded by God’s people, singing about God’s truths, being reminded of God’s love.
When we’re discouraged, we need reminding that Father loves us enough to use everything possible to make us more like Jesus. He can use troubles and heartaches in that process as much as he can use joys and blessings.
These thoughts from Bob Kaulfin in his book Worship Matters help me understand the value of singing through sorrows.
We’ll never overcome self-centeredness, self-exaltation, or self-pity by staying focused on ourselves. That only exacerbates the problem. We’re still the center of attention!
But when we gather to worship God, he’s the center of attention. And the more [we’re] encouraged that God is already working in us (Philippians 2:13), the more easily [we’ll] remember.
May we revel in our opportunities in our various churches this morning to focus on the Lord as the center of our attention.
He deserves to be there!