He Is The Reason Why I Praise! A Lyrical Poem.

The Lord Inhabits The Praises Of His People.


People often ask me the reason for my praise...

Through all my trials and tribulations my countenance never change...

I've been through the valley; I've seen the fiery pits of hell...

And, though my life was torn in pieces my countenance never fell...

My God has been a shield for me, of this, I have no doubt...

For, if I had to suffer alone, the devil would've taken me out...

Through good times and bad times...

When my efforts seemed in vain...

I'm still alive to testify and this is why I praise...

I've been through the valley...

I've been through the storm...

I've seen the fiery Pitts of hell but I certainly wasn't alone...

For my God has been a shield for me of this I have no doubt...

Because if I had to fend for myself, the devil would have taken me out...

Through good times and bad times, when efforts seemed in vain...

Through times, I wanted to kill myself to relieve myself from the pain...

I'm still alive to testify, so this is why I say...

My God has been a shield for me, He's the reason why I praise.


God, Is The Shelter From The Storm.

People who have seen me in the darkest hours of my life marveled, in how I weathered my storms. They wondered how I could remain strong, and not crumble from the weight of all I had been going through.

You see, I went through a bad season and, I wasn't sure if I would still be standing when my storm passed. In the beginning, I couldn't understand where my strength came from. There were times when I literally wanted to die.

I couldn't understand how my God, who I loved so completely, and served so faithfully, could allow me to experience so much pain. During this time, the devil came to me in my weakened state and was trying to convince me to take myself out.

Now, this is the amazing part about my testimony. Through all my trials and tribulations, I was creating songs of worship and poems of praise, and, I wondered how this could be. How could I be thankful to God, or praise him for being a healer and a deliverer when God, as far as I was concerned, did not save me from anything.


Embedded Scriptures Are Loosed During The Storm.

I was confused, and I looked within myself for the answer. I needed to get in touch with the spiritual part of me that knows all things. And, what I learned shocked me probably because deep inside my heart I knew the answer all along.

Deep in my heart I knew that God had not left me, and, was with me the entire time; through my pain, all my trials and tribulations, He was right there with me. Crying with me, weathering the storms with me, and pulling scriptures to my remembrance when the devil tried to take me out.


Sometimes It Takes A Storm In Order For Us To See The Goodness Of The Lord.

God never promised me the road would be easy. However, He did promise that He would never leave me nor forsake me. I was too weak to fight my own battles and the fact that I am still standing here today is a clear indication that I knew that I could do all things through Him who strengthens me.

So when people ask me why I tirelessly praise. When people are skeptic about the God I serve, I tell them if it wasn't for the strength of the Lord, I wouldn't be standing today and sometimes it takes a storm in order for us to see God.


God is our strength.

Many times we become weary, and through our suffering we often wonder 'Where our God is' He is right in the storm with us. The battle is not ours it's His. And, He is our strength and refuge and strong tower in the times of trouble, and those who run to Him are safe. God never promised us the road would be easy. He did promise to never leave us or forsake us.

So even when you can't feel Him or trace Him just keep praising. Through the storm, through the pain, keep praising. Through good times and bad keep praising. The Lord keeps us standing through the most difficult times in our lives. If this message applies to you, I encourage you not to allow the devil to steal your praise.

Winning in Troubled Times, By Creflo Dollar, shows how we can keep the faith in our most difficult struggles.

© 2016 Dana Tate

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Ericdierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderful psalm of praise. It is truly amazing how much God is really there for us if we just listen.


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KrakyePoku 9 months ago from Ghana

That is indeed an amazing piece of writing. Indeed, God is our strength and deserves all our praise


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

What a great testimony Dana. This poem would make a great devotional song. Well done.


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Ericdierker- Thank you for reading and leaving a nice comment. Yes, it is amazing how God is here for us and listening is the key.


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

KrakyePoku- Yes, indeed, God is our strength in the midst of our storms, and we can recognize it because we are still standing. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Jodah- Yes, this praise-poem does have a lyrical flow to it that will make a nice song. You know I am always happy to share what the Lord has done for me. I am never afraid to give Him all the praise and glory. Thank you for your continued support. I appreciate you so much.


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ChitrangadaSharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

Great hub and so inspirational!

'God is the strength and he will take us out of the storm.'

All of us need such reassurances from time to time while we face the various challenges of life.

And I needed it today. Thank you for being the messenger of God for me.


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manatita44 9 months ago from london

A most wonderful Hub on God's Grace and the power of Faith. So happy that you came out of your ordeal with so much of inner fire. Glory Be!

A most inspirational Hub for many!


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Frank Atanacio 9 months ago from Shelton

Dana, a very good share.. love the inspirational voice in words


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

ChitrangadaSharan- thank you for commenting. It is because we all go through so many challenges in life that so many people need encouragement. Knowing that, you are not alone in your situation allows you to weather the storm because as in all things it to shall pass.


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

manatita44- How I love when you grace my hubs with your words of wisdom. Receiving a comment from someone who is so enlightened is a true treasure. Yes, when I emerged from the storm I was a wiser and stronger person. Understanding I was able to endure it all because God kept me from falling put a praise in my heart. Part of my simple ministry is to encourage others to recognize God in their storm, so the devil will not steal their praise. Thank you for reading and leaving a nice comment.


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Thanks, Frank- Through my storms I would wonder where was my God. Even people of strong faith feel that loving their Creator would keep them from the storm. Sadly, that is not true. I believe one of the reasons why God chooses to keep me standing during my storm instead of pulling me out is because of the praise that is born from it. My ministry is simple, not to force religion on people but to encourage them to draw closer to the one who created them. If they can manage to do that they will become so enlightened to who they truly are and how valuable they are. With that understanding, they will be able to endure anything this life throws at them. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago

How beautifully you praise our Lord and Savior.

Your poem is just so beautiful and thank you for your message to Frank.

I got your message Dana.

Blessings and Hugs my friend


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Thank you Shyron E. Shenko, If you got the message loud and clear then so will others, and that is the reason for my praise.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 9 months ago

Just Beautiful Dana~

I shared on Face book..and via HP. I agree so fully that we all need to Praise through as well as Pray through. Thank you for the encouragement and wonderfully written testimony! :-)

Blessings always...hugs too..(((((((((((((((( Dana )))))))))))))))))


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Jo- It's been a long time! How have you been? Thank you for sharing my praise and testimony on Facebook and HP. Hopefully, others can see themselves in my struggle and become encouraged. Stay blessed my friend.


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Missy Smith 9 months ago from Florida

Wonderful testimony, Dana. It is unbelievable sometimes how we can be so distraught, but hold on to hope so tight. He made us fighters, or I like to say warriors. He sees us through. Even if you just have a little ounce of faith and belief in him, if you only pray just a minute, before giving up and feeling silly for it. He listens. He knows you are trying, and I believe that's how we get strength from him. He eventually restores or in some cases puts faith and hopes back into a tattered soul.

Thanks for writing such lovely and inspirational words of encouragement. Great poem!


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

And, thank you, Missy, for leaving such a beautiful comment. You know it's comments like yours and the others that I have received that allow me to be honest about my struggles in order to show why I praise the way I do. I believe if we are honest and allow others to see that faith is something even the strongest struggle with from time to time, we can all see that we are not alone.


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Missy Smith 9 months ago from Florida

You are right, Dana. I think it's about being open and letting others really see the person we are, and how we choose to live our lives. I think when we hide, it brings negative feedback. However, even if we receive negative feedback, we are being true to ourselves and what we believe, so it still brings a positive feeling and perspective to our own lives. Courage! That's what it takes to be open and honest, and you've got that! :)


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Thank you, Missy I really appreciate you saying that.


chocalate 9 months ago

keep praising for your labor will not be in vai


Chocolate 9 months ago

keep praising for your labor will not be in vain


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Dr Pran Rangan 9 months ago from Kanpur (UP), India

Great hub, Dana. I admire you for writing it. It appears that you have totally surrendered yourself to Him.

Thanks for sharing.


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Chocolate, thank you for your continued support. And, as for praising, I will because I know without a doubt, that when praises go up, the blessings fall down.


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Yes, Dr. Pran Rangan I have. It has been a process but I have learned to rest in Him and allow Him to fight my battles. Thank you for your unwavering support.


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Eric Flynn 9 months ago from Providence, Rhode Island

There is conviction in your words Dana. I too have felt the same way as you have described. The devil tried to take me out. He failed and God prevailed. Best to you and God bless.

EWF


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Dana Tate 9 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Thank you Eric, for your kind words.


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Mel Carriere 8 months ago from San Diego California

Touching verses. Our earthly troubles are fleeting and transitory in the overall scheme. May you be showered with blessings this Easter season!


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Dana Tate 8 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Thank you Mel Carriere. Thank God, trouble don't last always. It is true that weeping may endure for a night but joy truly comes in the morning. Happy Easter!


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icv 8 months ago from India, Kerala

Great poem Dana Tate. You done a great work. I appreciate you for sharing this lengthy poem....


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Dana Tate 8 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Thank u icv. I had a strong praise in my heart when I wrote this. I'm glad u enjoyed it.


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Gina Welds-Hulse 3 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

Psalm 46 has been my favorite psalm ever since I was a little girl. Little did I know that it would get me through some very tough situations in my young adult and adult years.

Thank you, Dana, for sharing this. It truly is enriching and encouraging.

I will certainly be reading more of your work. I am intrigued by your hub on NDEs, having had one myself.


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Dana Tate 3 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Gina, thank you so much for appreciating my poem. Yes this poem is a true testimony for me because I was truly tested during my storm and the only thing that kept me from departing from God was a relationship that had been solidified. When my burdens became heavy and I wondered how I could still praise during the darkest hours of my life what I learned was there is a big difference between an impersonal God and a God so close and personal that He truly touches your heart. I would be interested in hearing your story about NDE.

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