I went back and read what I have written the past several weeks and I felt like it was a bit heavy. It led me to want to lighten things up a bit.
This led me to the word, “praise.” There are many verses in the Bible about giving praise. I’m not going to expound on them much because they should simply uplift us and encourage us. They will help us WIN the battles we face everyday.
I Chronicles 16:8-9 Give thanks to Adonai! Call on his name! Make his deeds known among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him! Talk about all his wonders. (CJB)
Deuteronomy 10:21 He is your praise, and he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things, which you have seen with your own eyes. (CJB)
Jeremiah 20:13 Sing to Adonai! Praise Adonai! For he rescues those in need from the clutches of evildoers. (CJB)
Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise Adonai!Halleluyah! (CJB)
Acts 2:46-47 Continuing faithfully and with singleness of purpose to meet in the Temple courts daily, and breaking bread in their several homes, they shared their food in joy and simplicity of heart, praising God and having the respect of all the people. And day after day the Lord kept adding to them those who were being saved. (CJB)
I discovered something interesting about the word praise… It is not mentioned much in the New Testament. There are many verses in the Old Testament about giving praise and giving thanks. The one in Chronicles is long (I encourage you to read the whole chapter). There are verses scattered throughout the prophets.
However, the New Testament, although it does encourage giving thanks and praise (see the verses from Acts and we know that Paul sang often in prison), there is not a focus on praise as much as we see in the Old Testament.
I think what we need to realize is, based on the verses from Acts, when the community of faith gathered together and PRAISED God, here is what happened,
“Day after day the LORD kept adding to them those who were being saved.”
PRAISE is where WORSHIP happens and when they went into battle they ALWAYS had the PRAISE first. The battle of Jericho was won by TRUMPETS blowing. I believe that even today, if we CHOOSE to PRAISE, we are better able to do battle against the spiritual forces that try to come against us.
We know today that we face more spiritual battles than physical ones. We need to “Put our praise on” (a song that my kids used to sing). When we make that CHOICE we can WIN the battles, even in our mind. Many of the Psalms are SONGS. I wish we could get back to them. They are TRUE WORSHIP. I wish we could find more songs that are SCRIPTURE and the WORD.
Take time today to SING or WORSHIP. Take time today to PRAISE your Creator. I believe it will lighten your load and help you win the battle.
When we come to the realization that PRAISING HIM is part of winning the battle, than we can find REST in Him. We will RESTORE ourselves to Him. We are then REFRESHED to walk forward day to day.
Love and blessings,
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