Worship leader, Matt Redman, came out with a song a few years ago called Blessed be Your name. I will share with you the bridge of the song:
You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be your name
I don’t know too many worship leaders who go to Job for inspiration, but Matt Redman did. Kudos to you, Matt. The bridge of this song is, of course, taken from Job 1:21. If you’ve never gone through the book of Job, I would encourage you to do so. In the first chapter of Job, we see that Job’s response to great tragedy is to worship.
For most of us, that is not our response. When tragedy hits, our response is to shake our fists at God. Truthfully, the tragedy that struck Job is, probably, far worse than anything any of us have ever encountered. Despite his circumstances, his response was still to worship.
I think of all the times life isn’t going the way I would want it to be. I’m not making as much money as I would like. My husband is getting on my nerves. My kids aren’t listening. I shake my fist as Heaven, over trivial matters, demanding to know why God is being so cruel to me. What did I possibly do to deserve all of this? Then, I’m reminded of the Gospel.
Jesus paid a debt that we owed but could never paid. He was the atoning sacrifice for our sin. We did not deserve that; that’s why we call it grace. God sent His son to die for us because He loves us. We deserved the cross. We deserved death. But Jesus stood in our place. Not only did God send His son to stand in our place, He continues to bless us beyond that. Do we ever stop and thank God for the gifts He gives us? These gifts and blessings He gives we certainly don’t deserve.
God’s goodness is not dependent upon our circumstances. When life is good, when life is awful; God is still good. He is perfect and worthy of our worship. Not only is He still good, we should have an attitude like Job during times of trouble. When we worship during times of troubles, the worst of times become the best of times, really. When all you have is God, you realize God is all you need. He is sufficient. He will sustain us. He will be our comfort. He is enough.
Any one can thank God when life is great. Celebrities do it at award shows all the time. It takes quite a bit of spiritual maturity to worship God in all His glory when your life is crumbling. But the hope of the Gospel is that this life is not all their is for us. Jesus is our peace and our comfort while we live on this earth. Our God is so much bigger than anything this world can throw at us. We can take comfort in that.
I will conclude with an encouragement. If your life isn’t going great; worship. Worship day and night. Continue to praise God for all He is. Thank Him for all He’s done. It may feel counterintuitive, but it will grow you as a believer.