How good would a cherry be without the stone in the middle?!
Reference: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6 NIV
Explore: At the time of writing this cherries are in season. These little balls of sweet, juicy goodness bring delight to many people.
As I was eating one today I was marvelling at how something so small can bring me such happiness. Then I found the pip.
How good would a cherry be without the stone in the middle?! It would be 100% goodness.
Without the stone, however, there would be no cherry. In fact, the whole fruit would become extinct.
While the flesh of the fruit is yummy to eat, the stone is an important element to allow it to become what it is.
Application: When I read a Psalm like 150 there are times when I rejoice along with the psalmist. But there are other times when I don’t feel like praising God. To be honest, there are times when I feel downright terrible.
But our lives are like cherries – there are some great parts and there are really hard parts too. The thing is we have to have the hard parts to grow.
And just because we’re going through a hard time doesn’t mean we don’t praise the Lord. It might just mean our praise sounds different to how it sounds when life is good.
Prayer: Lord, we praise You through the good and the bad knowing You continue to grow us so we can be fruitful for You. Amen.
How do you praise God through the hard times?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.