What does praising God have to do with chronic pain? I certainly don’t feel like praising God when I’m in pain. I feel more like curling up on the sofa with a heating pad and a hot cup of tea. Yet praise and worship is absolutely essential to our happiness and ability to press on when dealing with chronic pain.
Happiness Tip for Troubled hearts #3, Praise God at all times, especially when in pain. Praise acts like a healing balm, reviving weary bones, calming troubled hearts, and renewing the anxious mind. Praise takes the focus off the pain, and places it on God, the source of our healing, help, and hope!
Do you find it difficult to praise God when dealing with chronic pain?
Has your suffering, whether in mind or body, lingered so long that you often feel discouraged, depressed, weary, and lacking in motivation when it comes to reading your Bible, praying, or singing songs of worship? If so, you are not alone. Chronic pain not only makes the little things of life harder, it can also make it harder to offer our joyous praise to God as we struggle with our disappointments and doubts. I’ve been there.
It’s human nature to “give thanks” in the good times, not so much in the hard times, especially when dealing with chronic pain. Yet God’s presence inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). And where God’s presence is there is joy (Psalm 16:11) and a peace which far surpasses our understanding (Ephesians 4:7). And which one of us doesn’t need joy and sweet peace when in pain?
If you’re suffering with chronic pain and need some encouragement to press on, please consider doing the very thing you may not feel like doing right now, that is to offer praise to God. There is power in praise. Power to push past the pain (when your body and mind is screaming at you to give up!) and praise God by faith, trusting that He is a good Father and loves you more than your mind could ever fathom. May God’s presence and power inhabit your body and mind as you offer thanks to God and worship His holy name. I’m not saying it’s easy, but just open your lips and begin with a few simple words of thanks to God and an earnest prayer telling Him how you feel. The following prayer from the Psalms may help you. Somehow I think you’ll relate to the words . . .
Pray with me, out loud, Psalm 63:1-8. It’s a wonderful prayer for all who are suffering with chronic pain, whose lives often feel like a “parched and weary land where there is no water.”
“O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him (Romans 15:13).
Hope be with you!
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