The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, trusting Him during the trial, surrendering while suffering.
Philip Yancey says, “Any relationship involves times of closeness and times of distance. In our relationship with God, no matter how intimate, the pendulum will swing from one side to the other.”
St. John of the Cross referred to these times as the ” dark night of the soul.” Henri Nouwen called these times of distance “the ministry of the absence.”
God is more concerned that we trust Him than if we feel Him. The most common mistake we make in worship is seeking an experience rather than seeking God. To bring us to maturity in our relationship with Him, God will test it with periods of seeming separation.
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. [Psalm 139:8-9]