Jun 30 2017

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Blessing is a choice of the heart

Blessing: Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessing is a choice of the heart

“On a road marked with suffering,” my little boy sang the words. I knew the song well. But the words stung my heart. A mama’s heart prays for her children to not have suffering. A mama prays for the other side of the song. One in which everything seems right and good. But he was determined to sing that song. And God was pressing his finger on my heart. I will be with him and you in whatever road I lead. I will be with you.

God has sent me down roads that were painful. When that song came up in church, my heart wrestled with the words. “My heart will choose…,” I choked on the words but pressed forward. “Blessed be your name.”

We all want showers of blessing. The kind that brings abundance and success and happy smiles. But God has a bigger picture than our right now happy place. He wants to be our peace and our place of rest. He is working a blessing bigger. And in those times of pain, when the words of worship are truly a sacrifice, we are acknowledging God’s sovereignty.

Five Minute Friday

I’m joining other writers at Five Minute Friday with the word blessing. In June, I put my Friday focus on God’s sovereignty with a verse, a song, and a prayer. Read what I wrote about God’s sovereignty in grief, God’s message of worth, and how he is our Potter in an unsteady world. The writing above are my thoughts in five minutes. Read more for a song and a prayer.

Job’s words of blessing

Blessing: Blessed be the name of the LordJob’s wealth. Stolen.

Job’s children. Dead.

Job’s response. Grief and worship. (Read his story in the book of Job.)

I can’t imagine his unbearable grief. My suffering seems so little in comparison. And his choice to submit to God’s sovereignty? I’ve struggled with less weighty matters. Job challenges me to press toward worship. What holds me back but a choice of the heart.

Job resolved to bless God’s name. God never gave Job answers to his why’s. Instead, God reminded Job of his sovereignty. In the end, He submitted himself to God’s sovereignty in his pain. And God blessed him again.

“The L ORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning…” Job 42:12

A choosing song of blessing

On a smooth day, this song feels easy to sing. But when life hurts, this song is a choice. We honor God when we choose to proclaim the truth about him in our pain.

When Jesus led the disciples at the last supper, he gave thanks. Jesus knew the pain before him. Because his thoughts were eternally focused, he gave thanks. He led them in the path he wanted his disciples to go—the eternally-minded path.

So, as we proclaim the truth by blessing the name of God, especially in our suffering, we are turning our hearts toward eternity. In that state of being, God gives us the grace to praise.

Blessed be Your Name by Matt Redman

A prayer of Blessing

Loving Father,

Thank for the good that you bring in my life. For my family, my home, my life. When I consider how my life really is, there is countless good I can name. Even so, you know how my heart aches. You know the road you’ve taken me that isn’t picture perfect because of my brokenness and the effect of others’ sin upon me. I never imagined I’d be here, but you’ve seen all my days. My today was never a surprise to you, and you are already in my tomorrow waiting for me. I bless you, Lord, because I know you are working as my Redeemer and Savior. Help me to praise you when you give. Help me to praise you when you take away. You are working your perfect plan. Help me to rest in you.
In Jesus’ Name,

How do you cling to blessing (God’s name) on the hard road?

Thankfulness is a discipline. When I practice gratitude, I already have a grounding that helps me cling to blessing when difficult realities threaten to knock me down. I don’t immediately bless God’s name, I grieve and receive his comfort. That process from grief to receiving comfort to praise is a journey taken one step at a time. And some steps are harder to take than others. Along the way, and as I agree with truth, I’m to speak words of blessing. Blessing is a choice of the heart.


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  1. Esther

    Honest and encouraging post. This song by Matt Redman is a declaration of faith and trust in God’s sovereignty. Thank you, Cheryl.

    1. Cheryl

      Thanks for visiting. May you find rest in God’s sovereignty.

  2. Jennifer

    Such a powerful prayer of blessing. Life really is not always (or even) “all that we expect it to be” but the choice is still ours……to bless His holy name. Really enjoyed your post today – thanks for sharing.

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