Praise You in This Storm

I was blessed to hear this song on the radio yesterday. It's entitled "Praise You in This Storm", by the group Casting Crowns. As I said to some friends earlier, the lyrics are convicting, helpful, and hard.

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 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’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
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 You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

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

There's an unexpected, tearful, real comfort there. I guess that's what rings true with this song - it's an honest acknowledgement of heartfelt pain and the simultaneous existence and providence of God, even as faint as His voice may seem in these times.

Even though He holds every tear, each one stings - often excruciatingly. I don't think God expects us to grin and bear it in these times - I think He expects us to feel real, deep pain - to be heartbroken to the core. It's only then, in desperation, do I cry out to Him as the only help I have left.

  1. Amen Brother that is the Best song ever. a couple of months ago we had trouble in our family and that song helped me so much because it shows us that even in the toughest times we still need to praise and thank God.

    Thanks for posting that song
    !!
    brent is the author. Jun 7, 10:08 is the time. <
  2. I know I already told you in person, but I figured I’d say it here so it’s archived for posterity: I’m praying for you bro, and if there’s anything you need, just ask.
    Nathan Smith is the author. Jun 7, 12:21 is the time. <
  3. Our prayers are with you and Brie as well Nate, really.

    We pray that you will truely hear the whisper thru the storm, or at least keep trying to hear it.

    Check out Psalm 77.
    Stephanie Huisman is the author. Jun 7, 19:28 is the time. <
  4. While I’ve never experienced what you’re going through, but when I go through things I can’t possibly imagine I’ll be able to survive, this song always pops in my head (it’s even the ringtone on my phone!). Hopefully it’ll help you out too:

    From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea / Creation’s revealing Your majesty / From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring / Every creature unique in the song that it sings / All exclaiming

    Indescribable, uncontainable, / You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. / You are amazing God / All powerful, untamable, / Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim / You are amazing God
    Larry Tomlinson is the author. Jun 7, 20:45 is the time. <
  5. Hey Nate, just wanted you to be encouraged to remember that we’re praying for you guys. I was just thinking and reading and came across these verses.
    Romans 11:33-36
    “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements and how inscrutable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To Him be glory forever.”
    Just keep falling more in love with the Lord- He desires your all.
    Praying for you guys.
    a friend who cares is the author. Jun 7, 22:27 is the time. <
  6. Nate, I know, you know, that I can imagine what this must feel like. I want you to know that the depths of despair and pain you must feel are not without a purpose. And I can only submit that you might never waste the trials we must endure as Christians, even in the face of our seemly innocent contributions to the turmoil. Just a Christ modeled, love will weather any storm and destory all sin. I pray it be your hearts desire to simply love, as you suffer. Love that which is unlovable. Love the storm!
    cody lindley is the author. Jun 9, 18:52 is the time. <
  7. Amen
    Brent Minor is the author. Jun 23, 12:42 is the time. <
  8. Nate – it has been quite a while since we have talked, and for that I am sorry. This news has come as a sad surprise – but I know you are wise and that you only want to give God glory through it all. I have nothing to say, for I have no idea the pain you are going through, but know you are in my prayers, and I think of you and your family often.
    Randi Dunivant is the author. Jul 11, 00:18 is the time. <