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Worshiping on Tough Days and in Hard Times


2 Chronicles 26 tells the story of King Uzziah. He took the throne of Israel at the tender age of 16 and ruled for nearly four decades. By and large, Uzziah was a good king. He led the nation to return to the monotheistic worship of God, and as a result the nation was greatly blessed. He was a good king and a capable leader. The national vibe could be characterized with words like peace, prosperity and strength. But when Uzziah became strong he became arrogant. His pride led him to presumptuously offer incense in the Sanctuary of the Temple. When confronted by the priests, Uzziah “raged against” them. As a result he was infected with leprosy which would send him into quarantine and cause him to abdicate his throne to his son. The incurable skin disease would eventually take his life. Uzziah’s demise was tragic and left the nation reeling. One can only imagine the disappointment and anxiety the nation must have felt! “Who will lead us?” “Who will protect us from our enemies?” “Who will keep the economy churning?” are examples of questions on the minds of thousands. From that historical backdrop we come to Isaiah chapter 6, which opens with the phrase, “In the year king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord.” In the context of national tragedy, Isaiah entered into worship. Despite his disappointing circumstances, he found himself drawn to the presence of God.

Isaiah is one of several examples of people who turned to God on tough days and during hard times. You may recall the ancient story of Job. Job was a man greatly blessed in every possible means of measurement. Suddenly, it was all gone: his wealth, his children and even his health. Yet in the midst of his tragedy, Job bowed in worship (Job 1:20-21).

King David is another who worshipped on a tough day. Following his adulterous sin with Bathsheba, the child they conceived died. When servants informed David that the child had passed, the Bible reports that David rose from the ground and went to the Tabernacle and worshipped (2 Samuel 12:20). I’m sure you can think of other examples…Paul and Silas singing hymns in prison at midnight…Jesus retreating to a place of solitude for prayer after a hard day of ministry…the apostle John worshipping in the Spirit on the Lord’s day while exiled to the island of Patmos to name a few.

Here’s the point. Don’t let all that is wrong with life keep you from worshipping all that is right with God. The King is still on His throne!

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