“Every blessing You pour out Lord, I’ll turn back to praise. When the darkness closes in Lord, still I will say – Blessed be the Name of the Lord, blessed be Your Name. Blessed be the Name of the Lord, blessed be Your glorious Name.”
I distinctly remember going out one morning feeling really blessed, and I spent half my walk thanking and praising God for all He’d blessed me with and for how good I felt that day.
Every blessing You pour out Lord, I’ll turn back to praise.
Do you ever get the feeling of being unbelievably happy/joyful/blessed and you wish you could feel that great forevermore, but deep down you know you won’t constantly feel on a high?
About two weeks later I was walking home from somewhere almost in tears. I went through a tough time where I was really upset and disappointed but I chose to trust that God knew best and I chose to believe that He knew what He was doing.
When the darkness closes in Lord, still I will say … blessed be Your Name.
It’s believed that Matt (and Beth) Redman wrote this song from a place of pain, after having a series of miscarriages together.
I acknowledge that praising God in struggles, and sticking with Him in storms no matter what the situation isn’t easy – but oh it’s so important. Getting yourself into a place where you can truly worship God is so uplifting. How you get that connection and true worship experience looks different for every person and even within that, it can vary depending on how you feel. Maybe you want to dance around the room or perhaps you’d prefer to lie on the floor. You might sing out loud, or you might not. You might lift your arms up, or you might not.
This is one of those seasons when I really know I need God and I don’t know how I’d get through it without Him.
Another Matt Redman song, 10,000 Reasons, is a command to ourselves – “Bless the Lord, o my soul”.
One of the most refreshing daily exercises you can do is choosing to spend time in worship. Time spent in complete worship is going to enable you to withstand the storms of life.
Take some time today to intentionally bless the name of the Lord.
If it helps, listen to one of the songs below.
– Sophie Spree