Sunday, November 8, 2009

Power of Praise

The Lord has been speaking to me even more lately about the power of praising and thanksgiving. I say 'even more' because it seems like this message is a constant for me.

What I am wondering is, 'Might there just be a powerful spiritual principle to this praising the Lord?'

One of my favorite Old Testament stories on the power of praise is in 2 Chronicles 20. Please read it if you have a chance to get the full effect of the story.

The verses that speak to me today are:

2 Chronicles 20:21,22

When he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to sing to the Lord and praise Him in their holy [priestly] garments as they went out before the army, saying, Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!

And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come against Judah, and they were [self-] slaughtered;

When they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushments against their enemies!

For me, when by His grace, I am able to praise and thank Him for all He is in my life, all the blessings, all the mercy, the darkness flees! It is so easy to forget this when I feel so swallowed up by the concerns of life . . . the overwhelming task of discipling these children. . . health issues . . . loving the unlovable . . .hurts and heartaches . . . disappointments . . .

The last thing I feel like doing is praising God, and He gently reminds me of the power of praise. I choose praise, and even when I can't seem to, I pray for grace to praise. The darkness lifts, my heart feels lighter, and hope and joy return.

I think all we truly need can be summed up with one word. JESUS.

Psalm 100:4

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

It is by praise that we enter His courts.

Somehow, praise brings Him to the forefront. We know He never leaves us nor forsakes us, but somehow praise seems to instantly bring an awareness of Him. Most likely because my eyes are now on Him instead of all my troubles.

Below are a few quotes I have read in the last week alone. They are from a devotional called Daily Moments In His Presence.

"Praise Me out of a heart full of love. Praise Me for every blessing and every victory. Yes, praise Me when the most difficult thing to do is praise. This is the victory that overcomes the world, even your faith, and praise is the voice of faith."

"So praise, My children, and never cease in your praising, for in the midst of it I will manifest Myself, and you will understand that when I demand of you your praises, it is for your highest good. Praise will transform the humblest dwelling to a hallowed haven."

"Praise Me, and rejoice while I work it all out for My glory."

Lift up your eyes and begin praising Him right now!


Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

Thank you for sharing this! I, too, have felt the Lord reminding me of the importance of praise. It is definitely powerful!

Camille said...

I really have been enjoying your encouraging posts Michelle! The Lord is teaching you some deep truths. Often it is through the trials that we are taken deeper...isn't God wonderful?

In His Love,

Nonsensicalgirl said...

This is something that the Lord has been dealing with me more lately as well. I don't always do a great job of applying like I should but when I do it makes all the difference in the world! Thanks for the encouragement.


Fine Linen said...

Praise the Lord! I've been reminded of this lately as well. To rejoice and not forget to just worship. To be thankful, grateful, and humble and giving thanks in all things.

Thanks for sharing this with us.
Peace and Grace to you, Fine Linen

Best Life said...

Oh I love it! It is always good to be reminded to stop and give Him praise. Thanks. Lisa~

The Girl in the Pink Dress said...

This is so true! Thanksgiving produces joy... and when we stop to look at the good in our lives instead of the bad, we realize how much we truly are blessed. Jesus is such a wonderful Savior! Thank you for your encouraging post!
God Bless You and keep you.

The Girl in the Pink Dress

Anonymous said...

Michelle, everytime I visit your blog I am encouraged and it feels as though God is speaking to me through you...keep up the listening ears that we may hear the voice of the Father

busymomof10 said...

Great insights! That was just what I needed to read today, as I trudge through some trials over here.

BTW, you won a CD of my Mom's testimony, which I hope to mail out to you tomorrow! :) congratulations!


Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I've been very frustrated lately with some issues that I'm dealing with. The post reminds me of who I need to keep going to. Praise, praise, praise, the Lord!