Power of praise part 1
Our sole purpose on this earth is to worship our heavenly Father. Worship is pleasing to God and holiness glorifies our father in heaven, Heaven is a place of continual praise God inhabits our praise, there is power in our praise. God desires for us to be thankful in any given situation, through the good and the bad come rain or shine. In everything give thanks for this is the will for you in Christ Jesus 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Praising God through our circumstances turns your focus on to God and shifts them away from the actual problem.
The Hebrew word Towdah means to praise the Lord even when everything is upside down in your life. To praise The Lord even when we don’t feel like praising him. This can be extremely challenging especially when we going through a painful situation, but God is more powerful than any situation we encounter, he alone can turn any situation around with minimal effort. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light Matthew 11:30. The bible tells us to cast our cares and burdens on to the lord. If we focus on our problems we make them appear bigger than God.
The bible never promises a care free life free from tribulation but God reassures us he will never leave us nor sake us. He is right by our side, even when everyone around us forsakes us. The lord himself goes before you and will be with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8. The lord well stand by us throughout our most challenging trials. Look at the three Hebrew boys who were thrown into the fiery furnace for the refusal to bow down. The Lord allowed them to be thrown into the furnace , however they were not burned and there was a fourth person in the furnace alongside them. Daniel was thrown into the lions den but The Lord protected him by shutting the lions mouth.
In this world we will have tribulations and trials but we should be thankful, Christ suffered what makes you think that you will not experience pain on this earth. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations James 1:2-3. This is not our home or where we will spend our eternity, we are passing through and will be judged on how react during our time of tribulation. The bible says many afflictions come to Christians but The Lord will deliver you from all of them. If God said it people he will do it, all we have to do is trust in him. God is looking for people he can trust, can he depend on you to believe irrespective of what obstacles are coming your way. Not only is the lord our reason to hope, he is the solution for all of our problems. We cannot worry or be anxious as The Lord is a mighty refuge and will never give us more than we can handle. Even when it feels like we cannot handle these trials we need to realise who we are in Christ and God is our refuge and source of help. ‘ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Philippians 4:13. Place your confidence in Christ and not your flesh.
Acknowledge your problems, take them to your father who cares and loves you. Then don’t worry just praise him for what he is going to do. He is your deliverer and comforter he will never fail you. Worrying will not improve the situation, it just highlights And magnifies the situation. The minute we begin to take our eyes of Christ we lose our perspective. Reminisce on the situations were God brought you out of that situation you felt was unbearable and would never make it through. Ponder on the what the outcome would have been if he choose to leave you in that mess you were involved in. If it was not for his grace and mercy what would your life look like now? Has God not proved himself to be able, he has shown you so many times he can transform any situations. If God did it before believe he will do it again will. Our God is sovereign he rules the universe , nothing is impossible for him. When we get back to this mindset despite what is going on around us, our hope will not be shaken and our faith will be restored.
God has proved to us that he is worthy of all the praise. We need to abandon all our problems and come into his presence and magnify his name. He is excellent and we need to reflect this in our worship, his Holy Spirit will begin to flow thorough us and lift us out of that low place when we truly worship, our spirit will be revived . We serve a mighty God who is able and deserves all the glory. The devil cannot stand worship this is why he oppresses christians, so that we begin to focus on ourselves instead of God. He knows how powerful praise is he was kicked out of heaven and understands the change that comes from that intimate time of worshiping the creator. Our praise glorifies God, let us not be subject to devil’s schemes, praise God whatever the situation because he is worthy.