"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed." Acts 16:25,26
Never underestimate the power of praise! What is one of the first things we do, or rather withhold, when we are going through a trial or difficulty? We begin to murmur, complain, speak negatively, get fearful, anxious and withhold our praise. Praise is the last thing we think about doing. It is the last thing we want to do. When we are going through a problem, we want to feel sorry for ourselves. We want to talk about the situation.
Who can praise at a time like this? Who can praise God when they are in trouble? It makes no sense. To the natural man it doesn't-- it is foolishness. We are not talking about praising God for the problem, we are talking about praising God in spite of it. When we praise God in the midst of the trial, that situation will "stand at attention" and have to give way to victory because praise brings the power of God into the situation. (Psalm 22:3)
Never underestimate the power of praise! At midnight, while in prison bound by chains, with bleeding backs from the beaten they had suffered, Paul and Silas praised God and the earth shook and the prison doors flew open. Discouragement gave way to praise.
Never underestimate the power of praise! In the days of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, the Ammonites and other nations rose up against Judah to destroy them. Jehoshaphat "appointed singers unto the Lord, that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten." (2 Chronicles 20:21,22) Praise brought victory.
It may be foolish to you to offer up praise to the Lord when you are going through trials and difficulties. That is why it is called a "sacrifice of praise". But that is exactly what you need to do. You have tried everything else. You have tried to manipulate your way past it. You have tried to bully your way through it. You have tried to believe hard enough to see it change. You have quoted every scripture you know over it. You have exhausted all your resources. Well, why don't you try praising your way through it. Praise is powerful. It may not always change your situation, and then again it might, but it will definitely make a change in you and you will be victorious even going through the trial.
Have a great day. Never underestimate the power of praise!
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