by Carol Ogle McCracken
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 1 Chronicles 16:8 NIV
Mom and I sat in the hospital waiting room again giddy from lack of sleep and a huge sense of relief. My husband Rich was no stranger to hospital visits, given his heart issues. But this time he’d had to undergo emergency surgery.
He had been in the hospital for eight days because his doctors could not locate the cause of the excruciating pain that immobilized him. Test after test failed to provide answers. Rich was so frustrated he was ready to leave. Then finally, one of the tests yielded an unexpected result. He had thrown a blood clot, and it had become lodged, compromising the blood flow to his large intestine. His organs were in danger of shutting down.
Mom and I were chuckling on a waiting room couch, bemoaning the fact that my husband would have to be still, which was not his strong suit, and recover from yet another surgery. He had almost died twice, and yet here he was, stubbornly alive and kicking.
The doctor came out and told us the surgery was successful. What he neglected to tell us before the procedure was that only twenty percent of the people who had this surgery survived. This wiped the giddiness right out of the situation. We knew surgery was serious; what we didn’t know was the risk we faced. There had been no choice but to go forward with the surgery, for without out it, my husband would die. The clot could not self-correct. But how close he came to possible death was not on our radar. Rich had now almost died a third time. Praise God for this gift He had given us. What great things our God can do!
I think King David and his fellow Israelites felt a similar sense of thanksgiving as David oversaw the return of the captured ark of the covenant. King David had properly prepared a place after God previously had taken Uzzah’s life for mishandling the ark. As a Levite, Uzzah should have known better. David had initially been angry at the Lord’s wrath, but David grew in his relationship with and understanding of the Lord.
As a result, there was a significant advance in Israel’s worship. Musicians were appointed, burnt offerings were sacrificed and fellowship offerings were blessed. David appointed Levites to thank and praise the Lord. At least eight ways to praise and glorify God are recorded in 1 Chronicles 16 to proclaim what God had done.
We would need to remember this reason for thanksgiving as Rich again recovered. Satan tried to defeat us many times in the waiting. Crankiness and lack of patience reared their ugly heads. Facing mortality is challenging for all concerned. I do not have an exemplary bedside manner. Just ask Rich. “Suck it up,” were not the words he wished to hear from his loving wife. What can I say? I prefer to heal in a solitary state. Perhaps something more sympathetic like, “Thank God you are alive” was more what he wanted to hear!
But God is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving all the time. Even in the waiting, we are to proclaim His name. Even in giddiness, relief, anger, crankiness, and absence of patience, we are to make known what He has done.
So, join the Israelites and me in the never-ending cycle of highs and lows as we try to consistently give praise to God for what He has done. Praise Him no matter what you are feeling. He is worthy.
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About the author: Carol McCracken has been a Bible teacher for over twenty years. She currently serves on church staff as Adult Discipleship Minister. Her passion is to make the Bible come alive for women and connect it to a real relationship with Jesus Christ in today’s busy and demanding world. She is an AWSA and Destin Word Weavers member. She serves as volunteer staff at Wholly Loved Ministries. Carol is a contributor to ChristianDevotions.us, Arise Daily, Arise Daily to Peace and Mustard Seed Ministries. Her book Wisdom: Where to Find It If You’ve Lost, Forgotten, Or Never Had It is available on Amazon. Connect with her at CarolMcCracken.com or on social media. Carol Ogle McCracken can be reached at: email@example.com
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