Giving praise to God is being thankful for all that God has done in our lives. The definition of the word praise is an expression of credit or honour. To speak well of something or praise God in the form of worship and songs. There is something therapeutic about getting lost in pure worship, magnifying The Lord, exalting and glorifying God. Music has the ability to transform an atmosphere, if you played a jazz song you will create a different setting to that of a rock song. Worship music draws the presence of the Holy Spirit and creates a climate to worship God. It is in God’s presence where you will experience peace and encouragement. David was called to play the harp to King Saul whenever he was tormented by an evil spirit, once the harp would play the evil spirit would depart from Saul.
Giving thanks is a form of praise we have so much in life to be thankful especially when we compare our lives to those living in third world countries, we have been blessed. We must take time to demonstrate to God our appreciation. We should worship God and be consistent praising even when we do not feel like it, for our obedience pleases God. It is imperative that we submit to God daily, dying to our flesh will and emotions. We should learn to trust God and realise that he will take care of every situation. Once we believe this we will not be moved by every attack of the enemy.
The enemy will manipulate people to create havoc in the lives of God’s people, but the Lord takes care of those that love him. If God is for you then nobody can be against you. When the philistines captured the ark of the tabernacle. God destroyed their God Dagon ” And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of The Lord; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him 1 Sam 5 :4. When the Israelites were being persecuted by Pharaoh, God afflicted the egyptian people with boils and ailments. God is always dealing with the situation even when we cannot see it. He fights all of our battles we just need to be still and let him be God. Being still in God’s presence is the only way to remain calm in a stressful situation, it will bring you peace in the midst of your storm. People get weary but God does not he is immortal with an unlimited supply of strength. As christians we get persecuted for following christ, however when people attack Christians who are truly serving God, God takes this personal. Attacking those who follow christ is looked upon by God as if he is experiencing the situation first hand, God loves us dearly and feels our pain. When Saul was persecuting the early christians the lord approached him on the road to Damascus , he explained that when Saul was hurting the christians he was persecuting God. And he journeyed , he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul , why persecutest thou me ?Acts 9:3-4.
Do not be weary in doing good just continue to show love in every situation, even when you do not feel like doing this. Our reward comes from God and not man, if people are still oppressing you or returning evil for good then rest assured that vengeance belongs to the Lord. There is no need to take matters into your own hands, just be happy that you have done what is required of you in the eyes of the lord. Proverbs 17:13 if anyone returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. So do not worry if you are facing persecution God has your back. Rest assured God is willing to rescue you from any desperate situation.
Naomi found herself in an awful predicament she was destitute, not only had her husband died but her sons died also. In this time period if a widows husband died there was no insurance cover or pension fund available. Naomi was in a very vulnerable position her future would have looked bleak and uncertain for Naomi, however Naomi and Ruth trusted God. Ruth married Boaz who continued Naomi lineage and Jesus was a descendant from that family lineage. God specialises in making a way where there seems like no way. The Israelites were fleeing from the Egyptians when they arrived at the Red Sea. They could either proceed in to the water or turn back and continue to be enslaved by the Egyptians. The Lord opened up the Red Sea, parting the waves so they could travel across safely, as soon as the Egyptians attempted to cross the Red Sea God closed the waters. All the Egyptians who were pursuing the Israelites drowned. God is always in control he never looses a battle, sometimes he doesn’t rescue us immediately. There are some lessons we need to learn in order to grow in our faith, God may be trying to teach us patience so we have to endure certain things, however not every struggles is presented to teach us something, sometimes our struggles are simply to glorify God. As Christians are lives are a witness to people of God’s unfailing love, our lives become our testimonies.
Regardless of what the situation appears to look like God remains in control. Make a joyful sound on to The Lord and keep praising his name. Praise God through your circumstances. In the midst of your storm keep moving, just when you can’t see no way out. When the situation is at its most intense is when your miracle is often coming. The lord will step in and transform the situation, he will demonstrate who is boss. Never underestimate the power of God. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that we ask anything according to his will, he hears us 1 john 5:14-15.
The praise the devil didn’t want you to give will lift you out of that place of depression. It will bring you into the presence of The Lord where there is joy and peace. Praise is essential to worship declaring God’s glory with our mouth into the atmosphere. The spoken word is so powerful and will penetrate into the atmosphere, it will begin to change your surroundings as well as your situation. After intense praise and worship your mood will begin to change. Troubles only last for a season so endure and praise God for joy comes in the morning. Your test will soon turn into your testimony. The cares of this life may knock you down, get on your knees pray and rise up and praise God do not accept defeat.
There is purpose in your pain, your testimony will be a blessing to others. It will strengthen others experiencing similar trials. It is encouraging to know that no matter how bad things get, God can and will turn it around for his glory. If he did it for you he will do it for someone else. God is not a respecter of persons he hears those who call out to him. He is near to the broken hearted. He will call on me and I will answer him, I will be with him in trouble , I will deliver him and honour him psalms 91:15. God is the same today and yesterday, he loves those that love him. Praise him constantly that is what will keep you going through your trials.