Friday, November 16, 2018

21 Day Devotional: Day 12: Praise.

“I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless Your name forever and ever.  Every day will I bless You; and I will praise Your name forever and ever.  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalm 145:1-3)

When we think of the word praise, we typically think of being in a church with hands lifted or eyes closed singing a worship song.  But, the word praise means “to express approval or admiration of someone, to applaud, to honor, to glorify, to exalt”.  And, praise is something that we should continually be doing.  It is expressing our admiration and offering our applause and honor to God.  Not only our thanks, but our honor and admiration.  As the scripture says, we should do this every day for He is great and greatly to be praised.

How do we do this every day? 

When we speak of Him, we speak about His goodness.  We speak about His love.  We speak about His salvation and the grace that He has freely given us.  We speak about the wonder of His creation and how He protects us and provides for us.  We speak highly and favorably of Him. 

Yes, speak about the things He has done for you.  But be sure that your admiration for Him goes beyond just thankfulness for blessings or miracles in your life.  There will be times, as we have said, that you don’t feel anything.  There will be days when you don’t see His hand working, or you pray and are not sure your prayers are being answered, or even heard.  Even in those times, you must still have an admiration and love and praise for God.

Praise is also a weapon of spiritual warfare.  At some point in your Christian walk, you will face opposition.  Whether it be from old friends, family, people who want to talk about you, or something you used to like being involved in, there will be “warfare” or a battle in your mind, perhaps in your conversation, or even in your lifestyle between the old and new person of you.  Praise is one of the best ways to defeat all the enemies in your life.  Regardless of whether you have had every prayer answered or not, you should be able to stand up and talk about how good God is!  In the Old Testament, when the children of Israel went to battle, they would put their singers and dancers first.  In front of all the fighters and weapons, when they marched to battle, they marched singing and praising God… and they hadn’t even started fighting yet!  Because, praising God regardless of whether you have an answer to your prayers or not means you are really praising.  It means your love for Him is not based on what He does or does not do… it is based on your admiration, respect, and honor of Him.  And, that is real, true praise!

Make every day a day you sing songs of rejoicing and speak highly of your God! 

Read John Chapter 12.

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