Worship can be a time of celebration, but that can be a challenge in the midst of tragedy.
These days it seems like every other week there’s a breaking news crisis that sends shocking images to the front pages, spreads fear like a virus and gives us all pause for thought. So what do you do when tragedy strikes in the very week that you’re on the rota to lead? We asked Paul Baloche for his top tips.
I really liked this one:
Avoid An Hour’s Worth of E-minor… Personally I wouldn’t jump into a whole load of lament. Yes, it’s important to feel the pain and the tension, yet all throughout the Bible there is balance. ‘Why so downcast, o my soul?’ David asked in Psalm 42, before reminding us to ‘bless the Lord; He’s the lifter of our countenance’. Psalm 43 tells us to ‘forget not his benefits’. We need to balance our awareness of the tragedy with the hope we have in Christ and the knowledge that this earth is not our home.
Even when things are bad all around us, we still acknowledge God’s goodness in our worship.