Lyrically- Praise you in this storm

Some two thousand plus years ago, God sent his son to die on the cross for man’s salvation. Jesus died and resurrected on the third day, I’d always been fascinated by the second day in that story- Easter Saturday if you like.

 

How did the disciples feel? The preceding week had been eventful, from the triumphant entry to the last supper, the arrest of Jesus with all the drama of betrayal and ear chopping, the trials of Jesus before the Sanhedrin and Pontious Pilate and the grand finale- the crucifixion of their rabbbi, teacher and master. He was buried on the same day in a tomb not his own, with sweet spices and fragrances. With all the action of the week, the gravity of all that happened wouldn’t have hit them until that second day, until Saturday.

 

They’d have woken up to feel the full weight of all that had happened, despair would have been the overiding emotion and the promises of Jesus before he died would ring hollow in their hearts. Would they have raised songs of praise?

What if Jesus didn’t resurrect? Imagine the disgrace and shame plus they’d already given up their sources of livelihood. Mehn many depressing thoughts would have crossed their minds. Grown men watching the collapse of their lives… I shudder

 

There have been times in my own life that songs of praise have seemed like outright lies, those times when bitterness, pain and strife filled my heart and my lips would not move to even talk to God. People would tell y0u that it is that those times that you need to praise the most but I don’t think they know just how hard it is to praise God at the depths, to lift hands in worship when you want to sink into the ground and be buried forever. In those times I listen to Praise you in this storm by Casting Crowns, I’d put it on repeat for hours and even sleep with it on. This song was written for me, how else can you explain it? Without it I would have given in when I passed through the valleys of the shadow of death in 2010 and 2012.

 

I’ve been writing this post for more than four hours, with various storms buffeting my soul and it looks like I’m heading for the hospital this afternoon after nearly a month of trying desperately not to come to this point. I hate seeing my gynaecologist, hate answering questions on things I don’t want to think about, hate all the talk about cycles and how getting married soon is imperative, hate taking the injections. I just hate everything. PCOS is a fucking bastard.

 

Tomorrow’s also the ninth anniversary of the death of my favourite uncle, I miss him more every day. He was the best uncle anyone could have had- generous of money and time, funny (he also had the best laugh) and loving, he was my biggest cheerleader (he thought I was a genius), and my best friend. March 27th is always the hardest day for me to get through.

 

For everyone passing through storms whether great or small, for the times when it seems like God is deaf to our cries and pleas. We just have to praise in the storm, Casting Crown shows us how.

 

“Praise You In This Storm”

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus:]
And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus]

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

[Chorus x2]

 

Recommended post- What size is your cross by Pastor Mildred of David’s Christian Center Lagos.

Ewu=goat. a beautiful flash fiction piece by Ibukun and please don’t forget to vote for her in the W competition.

 

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7 Comments

  1. My dear,

    Ndo, I’m so sorry to hear about your PCOS acting up again. Please try to stay strong.

    The loss of favourite person hurts. This March 27th will come and go, and with time, all other March 27ths will get easier. 🙂

    It’s sometimes hard to praise God in a storm, I imagine the Lord would be delighted to receive praise even in difficult circumstance. A sign of steadfast worship.

    Happy Easter.

    PS: I am off to do a YouTube search for this song.

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  2. ‘Praise you in this storm by Casting Crowns’ I love the song.
    So sorry about the PCOS coming up again, it too will pass in its own way, please do not dwell on it or let it overwhelm you. No matter what, we have to keep living and loving life and the people we share it with.
    I am so sorry about your uncle, may God continue to rest his soul. I’m sure he’s staring down at you from heaven and saying ‘that’s my girl!’
    I was just writing on Uju’s blog on how depressed I felt during this period. I won’t go into it here but it was the most devastating feeling ever…I even found it so hard to pray but today, I’m smiling….and yes, I will listen to ‘Praise you in the storm’ again….(thank you for reminding me of it)
    Happy Easter dear and God bless you.

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