Life Hurts

It feels like tragedy is all around me. Dear friends are dealing with cancer, death, life, and unknown hard situations. People are hurting everywhere I look.

Some major, knock you to the floor hurts.

Some hurts are hidden deep down.

Some are right in your face.

But one thing I know to be true. People are hurting.

What do we do when we hurt. We worship. The exact opposite of what we want to do, what we feel like doing.

Both Job and David did this as their response to the death of those they loved dearly. 2 Samuel 12: 20 says “Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped.” Job 1:20 says “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship.” When faced with terrible circumstances, both of these men reacted in worship.

When Jake died there was a time that I didn’t have the words to worship or pray.  I was completely empty. An album called “Psalms” by Shane and Shane became my worship. Each psalm became my cry to God – I wore this album out.

Verse after verse, I shouted “He has torn us into pieces, He has injured us, come let us return to the Lord. He will heal us, He will bandage our wounds, in just a short time, He’ll restore us. In just a short time, He’ll restore His church so we might live, we might live in His presence. Oh that we might know the Lord, let us press on to know Him. Then as surely as the coming of the dawn. He will respond.”  (Hosea by Shane Barnard Psalms Album)

I can promise you this, He will respond. He “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps. 147:3




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