Posted by: peebles | October 31, 2011

Psalm 84:6 (DARBY) Passing through the valley of Baca, they make it a well-spring; yea, the early rain covereth it with blessings.

The valley of Baca is a place of weeping, a place of pain, and a place of barrenness. Have you ever been there? Have you ever been in a place where you feel as if you are just going through the valley, and it’s hard? Every step you take, you feel as if it’s one step forward and two steps back. Some of the tears flow from suffering, some from loss, some from personal betrayal, some with heartache, and some with the pain of rejection and disappointment of having your hopes built up, only to see them dashed to pieces.

On these occasions, you just don’t feel like lifting your voice to heaven to praise God. But the Bible says in Hebrews 13:15 (KJV),By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” When you begin to pray and praise God, you will begin to see past the pain and suffering, and as lift your voice to the Lord in worship to Him, you will offer unto the Lord a sacrifice of praise. It is something that breaks the heaviness, and brings the blessing. It may cost you pain in the offering, but as you do so, God will lift up your head and your heart. And then the barrenness, the dry place of Baca will become a well-watered oasis, a well-watered spring of blessing that will wash over your life.

Listen to the words of this heart-felt worship song by Matt Redman:

Blessed be Your name, when I’m found in the desert place,
Though I walk through the wilderness, blessed be Your name,
Blessed be Your name, on the road marked with suffering,
Though there’s pain in the offering, blessed be Your name.

Every blessing You pour out, I’ll turn back to praise,
When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say,
Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your name.

It is always darkest before the dawn, and the Bible says, “As you pass through the valley of Baca ”, you will then enter into blessing. God did not intend for you to stay in the valley of Baca , but to move on, to move up and out from it into blessing. The Bible says in Hosea 2:15 (KJV) And I will give her, her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there. Let God open for you a door of hope in your valley of despair and as you walk through it you will find a place of peace, rest, security and blessings with great rejoicing in God.

My friend, Job went through more pain and suffering than many would ever experience, yet in the midst of it, right in the centre of his suffering, he gave a sacrifice of praise unto the Lord, he worshipped Him and said in Job 19:25 (NIV), “I know that my Redeemer lives.” Blessed be His name. Let the Lord open a door of hope for you and bring you out of the valley of Baca, and into the valley of Beracah, 2 Chronicles 20:26 (NIV), The Hebrew word for ‘Baraka’ means ‘blessing and praise.’ May this day the Lord bring you into a place of blessing, let Him cause those dry barren areas to burst forth into an abundant oasis of blessing, a well-watered land of fruitfulness and joy in the Holy Spirit.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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