13 Feb The Power of Praise
“But You are holy, O You inhabit the praises of your people…” Psalm 22:3.
If I could recommend a cure for sadness or depression or how to get over those down days that we all experience every now and then, it would be to put on some gospel music and dance to it until you reach the point where you almost forgot that you were ever sad in the first place.
As I continue to walk with The Lord I realize, everything He’s ever asked us to do, whether it’s praying, fasting, giving, praising and worshiping Him, anything The Bible says we ought to do as christians, is ultimately for our own good.
Before I continue, I just want to say that I am absolutely no expert when it comes to these topics, I am still learning (and there is a lot to learn) but I am sharing my thoughts based on my personal experience, to hopefully uplift someone who may need it.
The power of praise should not be underestimated. Look at the outcome when Paul and Silas decided to praise God in spite of the fact that they were in prison. Acts 16:25-26 “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.”
I remember on New Year’s Eve, I left church after the service, I went back home by myself, nobody was at home, I felt lonely and sad that I am not able to celebrate the New Year with family and friends. At that moment I had a choice, to either feel sorry for myself and throw a pity party or take time to acknowledge the goodness and faithfulness of God and praise Him. The Bible says that we are to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us. Thankfully, I chose the latter which turned my sad night into a celebratory and happy time. I sang, danced and praised The Lord all night. In fact I didn’t want the night to end. In His presence, there really is the fullness of joy.
“For those with a healthy spiritual life, praise is natural. It easily flows from the heart of one who has a relationship with God.” C.S Lewis.
For christians, praise should be the natural way of life but this is not to condemn those who aren’t there yet. Just like anything in life, this is a muscle that needs to be developed. We have heard it said, “fake it until you make it.” Start where you are at. I challenge you to set some time aside to sing praises to The Lord, I promise you, you will experience true joy. The kind of joy that does not depend on outside circumstances. The kind of joy that is pure and everlasting.
Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.