Personal Application 

Some people say it is easier to worship God in times of plenty, harder to worship in times of want. Not always, I say. There are those who - when "God is in his heaven and all is right with the world" - skip about the path of life forgetting to say "thank you." These are the ones who - when dark clouds gather - run to God and fall facedown.

The point of the story of Job - and the song of Redman - is that we are to praise him, to kneel before him in all adoration and trust, no matter the season of life.

Where do you fit in the equation?  In plenty or when the entire world has fallen around you, do you kneel before God and praise? 

1 Thessalonians 1:18 says: give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 

What circumstances are you experiencing right now? Provision? Losing it all? Are you living between a rock and a hard place or The Rock and a hard place? Where are you, right now?

Will you kneel? Will you sing, "Blessed be the name of the Lord?" I challenge you, that as you next sing this modern hymn, you call to mind all that you are going through and that you choose to bless God anyway.

Then watch as - according to the meaning of the Hebrew word - God blesses you, too.

Eva Marie Everson is both a national and international speaker, a writer of both nonfiction (reflections of god's holy land) and fiction (things left unspoken; the potluck club). For more information, go to www.evamarieeverson.com.

Original publication date: March 17, 2010