– Harry Ironside
PRAISING HIM IN THE STORM
It’s one of the most difficult things we as humans can do: praising God when we are in trouble. How often have we been sick, been in debt, or had serious relationship problems with our spouse? Yet can we find the depth within us to praise God in all of this? Remember, Job lost everything, including his children, and was left with only a wife, who told him to “curse God and die” (Job 2:9). Instead, Job said, “Even though he slay me, yet will I praise him” (Job 13:15).
Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. Psa 96:1-9
The tenor of something, according to Webster’s Dictionary, connotes its habitual condition or essential meaning, and also stresses its “clearly perceptible direction on a continuous, undeviating course.” It is in the tenor of God’s Word, then, that we can we can trace His narrative flow and begin to grasp the essence of who He has revealed Himself to be. In other words, it’s in God’s tenor that we can actually start to “catch His drift.” And when we learn the tenor of His voice, we can start to sing along, joining in Heaven’s chorus, and echoing His truth—for He puts a new song in our mouth (Psa 40:3).