When I saw the quote for "In Other Words" this week, I couldn't resist writing about it. Ever since I heard the song from which the quote comes, I have been touched by its lyrics because of the thought behind them that so depicts what it means to be a mature Christian. When we can thank God in whatever circumstance we are in, we are able to just love God for who He is and not just the the things He does for us. In that, we can prove we have grown in our faith.
It is easy to praise God when things are going well, isn't it? When we're in the land that is plentiful and things in our world are just as they should be it is so easy. But when we're in that desert place or traveling through the wilderness of life with no end in sight, it gets a little harder to thank God for our situations. I believe that Job had this concept down pat - thanking God no matter what. Remember how he had lost everything but still praised God in the midst of His circumstances? The verse below is most likely the foundation behind Matt Redman's lyrics:
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord.
It takes spiritual maturity to praise God all the time - to give thanks in everything (1 Thes 5:18). However, as we grow in Christ, we can learn to give thanks to God even in our darkest times. We still praise God because through His love letter to us, He tells us that everything in our lives serves a purpose (Ro 8:28) and that He has promised us an awesome future in Him (Ro 8:18). Most importantly, we can bless God's name through the praise of our words and our lives because He is good. Purely good. I am awestruck when I think of His perfection in all things. Yet even in His perfection, He loves little ol' imperfect me.
Dear God, through all of life, allow me to consistently sing your praises even though I might find myself in a desert place or without complete understanding of what you are doing in my life. You are my rock. You are the water that quenches my thirst. Thank You for just being who You are. Amen.