Worship In Sorrow

Worship In Sorrow

In our lives, there are times when we assemble together with the rest of the church body, and we find it difficult to focus on our worship to God, because of the time of sorrow in our life. We may tell ourselves something along the lines of, “I just have too much going on right now. I’ll worship better next time.” The truth is, albeit hard to accept sometimes, that those are the times in our life where we should lean upon God the most. The times in our life we should go to God and worship the most.

In 2 Samuel 12:15-20, we see King David in a time of sorrow in his life. He has separated himself from God through both adultery and murder, and on top of that, he tried to cover up his murder of Uriah. David knows that his current separation from God is the consequence of his own action, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is sorrowful. We see where the child he has bore with Bathsheba becomes sick and David falls down to fast and plead with the Lord for the well-being of the child. We see in verse 20, after the child dies, that David does not turn his back on God because of anger or bitterness. Instead, he gets up, washes himself, and puts on clean clothes, and goes to the house of Lord to worship God. When David was in a time of morning, he leaned upon God the most. He gave honor to whom honor is due.

Similarly, when Job was in a time of sorrow in his life, his response was, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21 ESV

There are going to be times of sorrow in our life. That is inevitable. However, we should not allow those times of sorrow and distraction to separate us from God. We should not excuse ourselves from focusing on God the most during those times. We should all consider the way in which we worship God and times of sorrow and ask ourselves if we are leaning on God for guidance and counsel.

Jesus came to earth to act as the great physician. (Mark 2:17) In times of pain, we should look to God for the healing that we will find nowhere else.


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