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“…Praise the name of the Lord”

This month we will wrap up our series on the 4th chapter of 1 Peter’s Epistle, “The Fiery Ordeal.” And the events of this weekend reminded me that our Fiery Ordeals are not always the results of persecution from the lost world. Often, they are simply the natural course of life in this fallen world: a world where our original sin has brought pain, suffering, and death into God’s perfect creation. Even His redeemed children will not be spared from its consequences. All of us wear the scars of life’s trials and sufferings. Whether it is the loss of a loved one, the ravages of a disease, or the frailty of our post Garden of Eden bodies.

While I was praying by Casey’s bedside this weekend, as she tried to sleep, the reality struck me like a bolder. The reality that my praises for God are not only reserved if He so willed for the antibiotics to work, but that He is worthy of praise from me, regardless of the outcome!!! Yes, we should praise Him when He does deliver us from our Fiery Ordeals…and yes we should praise Him because He loved us first and sent His only Son, Christ Jesus, to die and suffer the wrath for our sins…and yes we should praise Him for not only saving us, but for also making us sons and daughters with an eternal inheritance.

But, even if He had chosen to do none of those gracious and marvelous acts, like the Psalmist tells us, all the universe should still “…praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.” (Ps. 148:13). And because of His grace we, His redeemed children, will have the privilege of one day casting our crowns before His throne and singing “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” (Rev. 4:11)

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