Praise is a weapon, and it’s so important that we learn to use it appropriately. We all have challenging days, and it’s those very times that we need to cling to Jesus. The Bible tells us that God inhabits our praise; Inhabit is defined as: ‘to exist or be situated within; dwell in’
I don’t know about you, but when I encounter difficulties or trials, there is nothing better than knowing that God is in the midst of it with me; moving and working on my behalf. I’m not going to say that my flesh doesn’t fight against this, and that there aren’t times when I want to ‘clap back’ as they say...after all they deserve it right? You hurt me, so I hurt you? It’s the way of the world after all, and we have so many sayings that attest to this...that speak of revenge, and payback...but God doesn’t agree with the things of this world.
Psalm 22:3 KJV 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Something starts to happen when I begin to praise God for who He is, and not just what He does, or can do for me. It helps me to remember the attributes of God. His goodness, His mercy, His presence, His sacrifice...it puts my world in proper perspective. There is nothing more important in this world, than the fact that I have received forgiveness, salvation, a new life, and the assurance that the best is yet to come.
Let’s lift up our praise o ye saints, because He is oh so deserving of it. Before you know it, as you begin to magnify the Lord, the darkness will fade, the heaviness will lift, and the joy of the Lord will strengthen you.
Isaiah 61:3 AMP ‘To grant to those who mourn in Zion the following: To give them a turban instead of dust [on their heads, a sign of mourning], The oil of joy instead of mourning, The garment [expressive] of praise instead of a disheartened spirit. So they will be called the trees of righteousness [strong and magnificent, distinguished for integrity, justice, and right standing with God], The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified’