Daily Devotional – 4/12/16 “Praise nevertheless!”

Waiting until Sunday to praise the Lord is like waiting for someone to tell you to breathe; you won’t survive. Baby, we’ve got to praise the Lord at all times. Why, because praise is what God is due. Let’s be transparent for a moment … We owe the Lord and we owe Him too much and because we owe Him and know that we can’t pay Him, the least we should do is offer Him His due praise. We can’t repay the Lord but we can serve Him with our entire heart. We can’t repay the Lord but we can show Him our thanks through our service. We can’t repay you Lord but can I work off my debt? See, we’ve got to start saying like Psalm 119:108, “LORD, accept my offering of praise, and teach me your regulations.” Beloved, don’t you know that when we praise the Lord, thangs start happening? When we praise the Lord, it makes the enemy tremble and withdraws from your presence because praise confuses Him. When we call on the name of the Lord debts will be demolished, sickness will be healed, finances will be fruitful and our spirit will be sanctified. When we praise the Lord while in the wilderness, He’ll allow us to come out whole. When we praise the Lord while in the pit, He’ll allow us to come out prospering. When we praise the Lord when we have nothing, He’ll restore to us everything we lost. Chile, when we make praise our testimony, the Lord will prepare a bridge over our troubled water.

This is why praise shall continually be in our mouth, spilling over on our lips. This is why it’s crucial that praise is always in our hands and feet. This is why it’s important to have a heart full of praise and worship. We don’t have to wait until Sunday morning, we can praise wherever we are. We don’t have to wait until the choir sings our song, we can praise right now in the midst of the hell staring us in the face. You don’t have to wait; praise the Lord while the chemo or dialysis is running through your body. You don’t have to wait; praise the Lord in the midst of the circumstances that don’t make any sense. Why, because I’ve found that when you praise, God will show up. When Solomon finished his prayer and worship in the temple’s dedication, the bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:1, “When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the LORD filled the Temple.” What do you think will happen when you’re done? I’m just faith crazy enough to believe that God will send down the fire of the Holy Spirit to fill our temple! What do you believe when you praise?

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