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Joyful Praise Overcomes

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!  Habakkuk 3:17–18 NLT

joyful praise overcomesThe onslaught of nastiness just keeps on coming, but joyful praise overcomes.

Friends getting the dreadful news of cancer and other diseases. Family members and friends succumbing to accidents and Alzheimer’s. People losing jobs and homes. Political stances generating protests and riots. Close friends ending relationships because of opposing views. The things posted on Facebook and other social media are alarming and appalling. I could go on with the list, but even these few statements are disheartening.

I saw the video a friend with a recent diagnosis of cancer posted on Facebook. From her hospital bed, she lifted her beautiful, full-bodied voice in the unmistakable tune and words of “Amazing Grace.” Over the months, as she endured painful treatment, setbacks, and a dire prognosis, her posts continued with words of praise to God and thankfulness for the love and prayers surrounding her.

Although I pray for God’s healing in her body, I have no doubt He has already brought healing to her soul. Like Habakkuk, she found a way to be joyful in the God of her salvation, no matter the calamity. 

How good it is to meet with other believers and praise God with songs and hymns. On occasion, a church might lack someone to lead worship songs, and the only other option is live streaming or musical accompaniment on tape. Even then, we can lift our voices in worship. Through hardship and tears, the joyful sound overcomes.

Lift your voice in praise to the God of your salvation, even when you’re going through the onslaught.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay and JillWellington.)

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Anita van der Elst

Anita van der Elst finds joy in creating with words, believing God gifted her with the desire to do so. Married to her best friend, Edward, since 1976, she is a proud mom of four adult children and Oma to two of the most delightful grandchildren ever. Other joys in her life include bringing beauty to Facebook through photos she takes on her iPhone, facilitating a small women’s group at church, and mentoring a few friends who also desire to write.