In our amble through the Bible today, we look at Psalm 47. This is a psalm of worship and praise to God. We are all told to clap our hands and shout for joy to the Lord, which would be a little hard for those of us mourning and grief stricken over circumstances in our lives. Also for those of us suffering from depression and despair. The thing is that worship and especially joyful worship is not an optional extra, but God's due. Worship is a commandment, but the Bible acknowledges that sometimes it is a 'sacrifice of praise'.
The general meaning to most of us of a sacrifice is:
When good things are happening in our lives it is an easy thing to lift our hands to joyfully praise God. But when you are ill, depressed, grief stricken or suffering it is different, how do you praise him. It is a sacrifice, because He is more important and more worthy than our pain and circumstances. It is not an easy thing, it is far easier to be angry with Him and blame Him for allowing the circumstances you are in to occur. Take it from me, I learned a long time ago that being angry with God is a waste of the breath he gives us. So yell at Him, cry, grieve and get it off your chest because you are supposed to give everything to Him, then ask Him to take it. God does not want his children to suffer, it is much more likely to be Satan behind evil circumstances than God. That said, as Job states in (Job 1:21) The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.
I know that I shall never be again what I once was, because deep sorrow changes you, but I am sure that He who sent me my sorrow has also sent me sufficient grace to do His will in it; so I am going to continue to let his light shine out in me, in spite of my trial.
Note the verse in Hebrews above states 'With Jesus Help'. We are not meant to go through life alone, when you are suffering whether it be spiritual, physical or emotional pain, we are still expected to Worship and Praise, but not by ourselves, not in our own strength and not without Jesus presence and His help, because without it, it just wouldn't be possible. I have learned that there can be times in our lives when the only joy we have, is to be found in his presence, when tears and pain are all you have to give Him and He will touch you and exchange them for a supernatural peace and joy that only he can give, which will get you through the storm and keep you breathing.