Bible Study & Devotional Day 57
Contributing Writer: Stephanie Bright
🔴 Praise Again
Praise is an expression of approval or admiration. We give God praises to show our admiration or respect for Him, who He is, and all that He has done. God is worthy and deserves our best praise. The issue is this: At times, it is hard to praise when our circumstances are not excellent, in our eyes at least.
What we must remember is that God is worthy of our praise despite our circumstances. He is always worthy of our praise, no matter what situations we face.
We must also remember that when we praise, we take our focus off the situation and place it on the God who has the power to change it. We automatically begin to feel better after praising because we satisfy an innate need to commune with our Creator.
Praising God does not mean that everything is automatically transformed in the ideal utopia, but it shows that we STILL give Him the honor, praise, and glorify His name, regardless of what’s ahead.
In the Bible, the book of Psalms speaks heavily of giving praise to the Father. In Psalm 42:5, the psalmist commands us to do two things: hope and praise.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
PSALM 42:5 (ESV)
In the flesh, it was easy for the psalmist to be cast down. The same can be said of us. When we endure hard times, it’s easy for us to approach them with negative thoughts. It’s easy to complain. It’s easy to moan and groan.
Despite what is natural for the flesh, I encourage you to approach all your situations in the Spirit. Accept the challenge from the Psalmist: Hope in God, and praise Him again. When you put your hope in God, it will be easier to praise Him. When you glorify Him, your hope is strengthened. Let the words from your mouth be a revolving, never-ending circle of hope and praise.
Change is coming.
Healing is coming.
Breakthrough is coming.
Deliverance is coming.
A miracle is coming.
In the meantime, praise God and praise Him again. Praise Him from the rising of the sun to the setting of the same. Let His praise ever be on your lips. Praise Again!
This devotional was written by Stephanie Bright a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Leviticus 19:1-20:21, Mark 8:11-38, Psalm 42:1-11, Proverbs 10:17
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