The word Hallelujah basically means to “praise the Lord” or “God be praised”. It’s a beautiful word offered here on earth and heard in heaven.

It’s easy to raise a Hallelujah when things are going well. When we are full of the joys of life and feeling close to God. It’s not so easy to raise a Hallelujah when we feel discouraged, sad, ill, or burdened with problems and feel far from God.

Choosing to praise God in the storm is powerful. Whether your struggle is your own issues, family problems, ministry tensions, or a faith crisis, when we focus on God in the storm something shifts. Hope rises. Although it can feel like the last thing we want to do, when we do engage in worship, it’s like releasing a dam. We pour out our vulnerabilities, hurts, brokenness, confusion, fear and dread…and we choose to lay it all down at the feet of Jesus. We choose to trust. We choose to believe. We choose to surrender.

To help get to that place today, take a few mins to listen to this beautiful worship song with powerful lyrics. This song was written from a place of unbelief and fear as the writers friend’s 2 year old son was very ill with a virus and it didn’t look  like he’d survive the night.

“As soon as I got that text, I felt like this giant of unbelief stood in front of me,” Jonathan Helser said. “I thought, ‘Jaxon’s going to die tonight, we’re not going to see the miracle.’”

As the Helsers dove into prayer over Jaxon, a new song came out. “All of a sudden, out of my gut, this song came out in the face of the giant – ‘I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies. I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief.’” This song became an anthem for the Taylors throughout the rest of the battle over Jaxon’s life.

Joel Taylor recounts his experience, “God’s timing often doesn’t makesense until you look back to see that mountains were climbed and canyons were crossed on no strength of your own. In the battle for Jaxon’s life, the global church community rose up like a mighty army and joined us in prayer and worship all over the world. Our son was miraculously healed and today is perfectly healthy.”

Whatever our circumstances today, may each of us raise a Hallelujah that will be heard resounding in heaven and will release great blessing in our lives on earth.

Donna MacNeil

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