Do you wonder what the reasons to praise God while grieving are? In this article, I want to share with you 5 reasons to praise God while grieving.
Grief is heavy and is our natural response to a loss or many losses. We grieve when we lose a person or a thing we value and cherish. This could be a loved one, a relationship, a position, a job, the possibility of having children, or a marriage. I don’t know in what situation you are in right now, but I am well acquainted with grief. I know well this heavy mixture of sorrow, pain, longing, anger, and anxiety.
5 Reasons to Praise God While Grieving
In the months after I lost my husband, I struggled so much with such painful feelings and I was angry with God. As I began processing and healing, this anger subsided and I wanted to worship and praise God even while grieving. So, I wondered how to praise God in my grief. I want to share with you 5 powerful reasons to praise God while grieving.
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#1 We Can Praise God for His Comfort
It is true: where there is grief, there is also comfort. It is not accidental that the Holy Spirit is called Comforter. (John 14:26) He lives inside every believer and comes alongside us in our weaknesses and pains. God is the provider of genuine comfort for every kind of pain and every kind of loss.
He is always available to comfort us when we ask for His comfort. God through the Holy Spirit may comfort us through His word, His constant presence, through the words and presence of other people. It is suitable for us to remember that He is the God of all comfort and praise Him as our comforter while grieving.
“who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:4)God is the provider of genuine comfort for every kind of pain and every kind of loss. #comfort #loss #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
#2 We Can Praise God for His Sovereignty
Often, while grieving, we can’t understand God’s ways and the reasons He has allowed us to experience a certain loss. We struggle to understand and grasp His will as acceptable and the best for us. But if we remember God’s sovereignty, we are on the right path to reconcile with the loss and trust the unknown future.
God’s sovereignty means that He knows it all, He has it under His control and He orchestrates the events in our lives to bring out the good of them, to bless us, and to prepare us for eternity. God knows and sees the whole picture. He knows things we don’t know. And He doesn’t make mistakes. We can rest in His sovereign plan for us, trusting that it is the best. His plan may include situations we don’t want to go through, but God always has a purpose and a plan. While grieving, we can choose to praise Him for His sovereignty.
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2)
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)We can rest in God’s sovereign plan for us, trusting that it is the best. #comfort #grief #encouragement Click To Tweet
#3 We Can Praise God Because He Has a Future for Us
One of the cumulative losses we experience after we have lost something precious, especially a person, is the loss of our anticipated future. With the loss, our future has been once and forever altered. Often we see just blackness in front of us, which triggers our anxiety. It is especially challenging to imagine and believe that something good awaits us in the future.
It is very helpful to remember in our grief that God has a good plan and future for us. Our stories are not finished with the loss doesn’t matter how severe this loss is. God still writes our story and there are still new chapters to come. Since God is good, He will bless us so we anticipate good things in our lives, although perhaps different ones than we want and expect.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)God still writes our story and there are still new chapters to come. #comfort #grief #praiseGod Click To Tweet
#4 We Can Praise God for His Redemption and Healing
While in the trenches of grief, it is difficult for us to imagine that healing will come and our feelings one day will not cause so much pain. It looks often like we are going in circles. Some days we feel better and then there are days when the grief hits us with severe intensity.
Then it is good for us to remember that our God is a Redeemer and a Healer. He is greater than any loss. He can cover everything, redeem everything and heal every wound, including the emotional ones. All we need to do is to keep asking Him for healing and redemption of our pain. We can choose to praise Him while still grieving for His healing and redeeming touch.
“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14)
#5 We Can Praise God for the Hope
When we grieve, we often feel hopeless and depressed. When our hope is based on our present circumstances, it is very easy to lose hope. But God offers us something else. He offers us to place our hope in Him and His promises. This way, we can anchor our hope in the truth of God, and His eternal love.
In our grief, we can choose to praise God for the unshakable hope we have in Jesus, despite our circumstances. Our hope is based on His character, and that doesn’t change. God is faithful, He will always come through and in Him, we can have all hope.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6:19-20)
5 Reasons to Praise God While Grieving Printable
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More Encouragement and Comfort for You
Check out my “Book of Comforts”! There you’ll find comfort when you struggle with unmet expectations, disillusionment in faith, when you are in a season of pain, when your hope diminishes, when life gets hard, and much more. Reflection questions and a guided prayer follow each devotion.
If you need more resources to encourage and comfort you in your grief journey, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.
A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry L. Sittser
A Grace Revealed: How God Redeems the Story of Your Life by Jerry L. Sittser
Restoration Year – a 365 Days Devotional by John Eldredge
All Things New by John Eldredge
It’s not supposed to Be This Way by Lisa Terkeurst
Grieving the Write Way Journal and Workbook by Gary Roe
Suffering and the Heart of God by Diane Langberg
Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts by Adam Dooley
Life Can Be Good Again by Lisa Appelo
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