Feeling our pain rather than numbing it helps shift our perspective from ourselves to God, helps us be more honest with him and ourselves, and connects us to him as the giver of life.
Self-determination and attempts at self-sufficiency invariably result in anxiety and restlessness. In contrast, vitality and fulfillment come with the meaningful and generous relationships that God establishes in community.
In Psalm 103 the psalmist speaks of blessing God, something which is easy in good times and more difficult in harder times. But whatever the circumstances, God is always worthy and we should always be in the mindset to bless him.
God, as the creator of all things, is like no other. And yet, in his love for us, he reveals himself to us and makes himself accessible. In his love he invites us to worship him and find life.
Recognizing God’s greatness and humbling ourselves before him prepares us both for worship and for communicating his greatness with others.