No Matter What, He’s Still Lord!

No Matter What, He’s Still Lord!

O LORD, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:9 NKJV

“O Lord, how excellent, how excellent, how excellent, is thy name!” A line from the lyrics of a worship song, aligned with The Word, is ringing in my heart today. When all of the depressing news–we need to remind ourselves of the excellence of our Lord, especially when the events that unfold around us, don’t make sense.

I have prayed, seeking understanding, and none has come forth. The Lord has reminded me that we don’t have to understand all that happens, but we must trust Him. Though my heart tends to sag, just a little, I can and I will allow Him to minister to me through His Word and the melodic tunes of worship that cause my lips to utter praises unto Him.

This then is how we handle the atrocious acts of hatred and bigotry and just dire tragedy. We don’t always understand why a loving God would allow some things to happen, but we must remember that He is the same God–from centuries ago–the God who allowed His chosen to be enslaved, but freed them according to His time-table. The God who allowed children to be massacred, in order for His plans to unfold.

I must reiterate this one point–God allows some things to happen, He does not cause them. Acts of hatred and bigotry are caused by the people who commit the acts; especially when they have no fear of God. They have the same “free will” as the rest of us and God doesn’t force anyone do anything.  Tragedies occur for a myriad of reasons, most of which I do not understand, but have learned that God knows best.

No, we don’t always understand why God allows things to happen, but we must remember–He has a plan and His plan will be fulfilled.

So perhaps, part of His plan for us right now is to remember–just how excellent He is and to know, we can find comfort in His Word when we allow Him to minister to our hearts.

Now, we can sing songs of worship acknowledging Him for who He is and songs of praise acknowledging all His mighty acts and goodness shown to us. Though it may be difficult to understand His goodness and mercy at the point of grief and despair, we will overcome and be stronger for it. Our God is truly amazing and He will never abandon us–whose hope is in Him, no matter how things look.

I’m gonna praise Him! I’m just gonna praise Him! He is still Lord of my life!

Mine Forever!

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” (Psalm 73:26 NLT)

No matter what happens to us–failing health or weakened Spirit, God remains our strength because in Him, we are made strong, and He will never leave us.

Perhaps, the greatest tests of our faith is when things start going wrong. Our attitude or response to each and every challenge that comes our way is an indicator of how much faith in God, we truly have.

Sickness will sometimes cause people to give up and curse God.

Loss of loved ones will sometimes cause people to give up and curse God.

When these things happen, I often wonder if people forget about Job and all the horrible things that happened to him and even when his wife told him to curse God, he wouldn’t. He understood that no matter what happens to us–our faith should remain in God. Like the Hebrew boys who refused to worship a statute or Daniel refusing to stop praying, we must know that events in our lives-good or bad–does not change who God is and or the promises He made to us.

We must develop our character to a place where when we are faced with difficult challenges, we can say with confidence that no matter what God allows to happen–He is still God and He is still mine!

Do we have that kind of faith–to say emphatically to our circumstances–“Circumstance–you are not bigger than God and no matter what happens as a result of you showing up in my life–He will be with me–forever?”

We can say that to cancer–no matter what the type–every stripe He received in His body was to cure mine–by one means or another.

We can say that to grief over loved ones–there is a season for all things, a time to be born and a time to die–God knows best in all things.

We can say that to financial woes–His desire is that I prosper as my soul prospers. I am rich beyond measure because of Him.

We can say that to rebellious children–children are a blessing not a curse and this too–shall pass.

We can say that to disappointment–My hope is in Christ Jesus who never disappoints me.

We can say that to bigotry and hatred–His love overflows and negates any hatred directed at me.

We can say that–to anything that occurs in our lives that causes us want to give up on God. He will never leave us or forsake those He loves–even when it looks like there’s no way out–He is “the Way-maker” in all things and He is ours–for all eternity!