FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011
"As soon as they began singing." 2Ch 20:22 CEV
Here's a simple but effective formula for handling a spiritual slump. Praise your way out! David starts Psalm 22 by asking, "God, why have You forsaken me?" and ends it saying, "You...dwell"[where]...praises...[are offered]" (Ps 22:3 AMP). You won't always feel like praising God-that's why it's called "the sacrifice of praise" (Heb 13:15). But when you're in a slump you need the discipline of praise more than ever. It brings a sense of God's power and presence like nothing else does. That's why the Psalmist wrote: "I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth" (Ps 34:1). By praising God in advance for the victory, you open a channel for Him to intervene in your circumstances, hope rises in your soul, and it's impossible to stay down and defeated. And praise fits every personality, so you've no excuse! You can clap and shout (See Ps 47:1), use music and dance (See Ps 150:4), sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (See Eph 5:19-20), make a joyful noise (See Ps 98:4), lift your hands (See Ps 134:2), be still before God (See Ps 4:3-5), and you can even be loud! (See Ps 33:3, 95:1-6). Your praises thwart the enemy's best-laid plan! When the Israelites were outnumbered, they prayed and God told them the battle was His and that He would do the fighting. Judah (which means "praise") went out ahead of the army, and "As soon as they began singing, the Lord confused the enemy...and...they turned against each other." The minute you start praising God He releases His power to start working on your behalf.
Published on Friday, May 27, 2011 @ 6:57 AM CDT