Even When It Hurts

Even When It Hurts
Take this fainted heart
Take these tainted hands
Wash me in Your love
Come like grace again
Even when my strength is lost
I’ll praise You
Even when I have no song
I’ll praise You
Even when it’s hard to find the words
Louder then I’ll sing Your praise
I will only sing Your praise
I will only sing Your praise
I will only sing Your praise
Take this mountain weight
Take these ocean tears
Hold me through the trial
Come like hope again
Even when the fight seems lost
I’ll praise You
Even when it hurts like hell
I’ll praise You
Even when it makes no sense to sing
Louder then I’ll sing Your praise
I will only sing Your praise
I will only sing Your praise
I will only sing Your praise
And my heart burns only for You
You are all You are all I want


We can’t always prepare for hard situations that may arise in our lives. We can’t predict the negative health diagnosis, the spouse walking out on the marriage, the car accident, death of a loved one, infertility, terrorists attacks, abuse, or even losing a house or a job. These painful and life altering challenges come out of nowhere and punch us in the gut leaving a pain so deep that it feels like there is no way to continue on living. 
Here is the good news, you know what is predictable?  God’s character. He is reliable. He is constant. He is faithful. He is good. He is stable. He is consistent. He is all-knowing. He is all-powerful. He is present. 
I love the above song. Our greatest weapon against the the devil to trying to get us down, is to worship our God. No matter what, we will praise Him. Even when it hurts, even when that punch to the gut feels so paralyzing, praise Him. Watch Him move. Watch Him work. He will blow your mind! 
I think that so many times we encounter something extremely painful or difficult and we get mad at God, like He caused it. Instead of turning to Him, we turn from Him. Leaving us to turn to destructive people and create destructive habits. Leaving us in worse shape then before the difficult situation. 
What would happen if when something horrible happened to us, we ran to Jesus in praise and worship?? What would it speak to our unbelieving family members, coworkers, friends, and onlookers? How many people would come to know Jesus just from watching us respond to what is thrown our way? 
I am a firm believer that Jesus created us and put us on this earth for two reasons. To know Him and make Him known. He didn’t put us on this earth to be moms and dads. He didn’t put us on this earth to get to the top of the professional ladder. He didn’t put us on this earth to make millions and drive nice cars and live in big fancy houses. What kind of life will make you most effective for Him and making Him known? That is what He put us on earth for. It may include the wealth, success, and kids and it may not, but no matter what, impact your circles for Jesus. Make the most of the cards that you have been dealt. Don’t let your circumstances and hardships define you. Take them and run with them praising God the whole way. 
I’ve lost loved ones, I’ve received the difficult health diagnosis, I’ve weathered the marriage struggles, and I’ve been overdrawn in my bank account. I can tell you that the times that I chose to hide out in bed and eat Oreos all that happened was I became fat and bitter unaware of the needs around me. The times that I chose Jesus and I chose to worship Him. He grew my character. I became a better wife, mom, and friend. Jesus’ name was shouted and others looked to Him. We can respond one of two ways, inward or outward. I am living evidence of what happens in both scenarios.  I promise you, no matter how hard it is, which it is hard, the GREATEST reward is when we praise Him even when it hurts like hell. 

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