Tuesday, December 9, 2014

"Praise When While You Live"

"I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord."  Psalm 118:17

We will all die one day, but until that time comes, while we are still alive, we should be declaring the works and wonder of the Lord.  This includes during the good times of life and the bad times.  It includes through times of difficulty, times of lack, times of peace, times of grief and confusion.  It also includes the times of sickness as well as in health. 

There are times that are so pressing that we feel like we are going to die.  We just don't think we are going to make it through this difficulty.  That is the time to all the more praise and declare the works and goodness of the Lord.  That is not the time to withhold your praise or draw back from giving it.  There is power in praise.  It is praise that draws the presence of the Lord close.  It is through praise that our heads are lifted and we are strengthened. 

When calamity hit Job's life, the first thing he did was worship the Lord.  When Paul and Silas were in chains in prison at midnight, they sang songs of praise to the Lord.  Sometimes the only way through it is to praise your way through it.  The Bible says to give God thanks (praise) in everything... not for everything.  Therefore, when you are "in" it, praise your way "through" it. Don't listen to the lies of the enemy as he taunts you, condemns you, intimidates you and tries to make you fearful.  Instead, praise the Lord, declare His goodness, speak about His wonderful works, remind yourself of how He has brought you through in the past and remember His is still the same and faithful God today.  This may not come easy to do, but the just live by faith and sometimes even our praise has to start out as a step of faith.

Have a great day.  Even when you feel like you are going to die because of the trial you are facing, this is when you need to declare through your praise the awesome goodness of God.

For further reading:
Psalm 22:3
Acts 16:25
Job 1:20,21
1 Thessalonians 5:18

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