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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Praising God”
The Psalmist tells us that we are to enter into the Lord’s presence with songs of praise (Psalm 100).
We often hear about the need to pray through the problem. We like to quote the acronym P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens). But let me recommend another “P” for P.U.S.H., and that is “Praise Until Something Happens.”
This was how David handled the difficulties and problems he faced. Now I’m not talking about average run-of-the-mill problems. I’m talking about outright hostility by those who wanted to kill him and where he literally soaked his pillow with tears over what he was going through.
Through it all David not only prayed, but also praised God. He sang about his problems along with his faith and trust in God to see him through these stressful times.
The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). This means that praise is a vehicle that brings us into the presence and power of God. It is an effective way we can take to find guidance for our lives.
Praise is therefore more than songs we sing at a worship service; it’s a way of life for every believer in Jesus Christ. But it is more …
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
When we begin to praise God in everything and give Him thanks, not only for the good, but also for the bad as well, then we’ll see God change us in becoming more like Him.
God calls believers into a holy and royal priesthood for the express purpose of offering Him praise (1 Peter 2:9).
God actually tells us that it is through our sacrifices of praise that we can overcome depression and despair.
Therefore, let’s offer up to God a sacrifice of praise to replace the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3).
Praise is therefore an effective way to ascertain God’s calling.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study