confident, God-centered praise is like alchemy
for your soul.
Your soul will actually
experience a magical transformation through
focusing on praise of your Creator and Maker.
You were created to praise Him. Isaiah 43:21
says, “The people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise”. You
were formed for praise.
Praise will strengthen
your soul. When you feel weary, depleted, hopeless
and worn out, it is the perfect time to praise
God. You can’t genuinely praise God without
taking the focus off yourself. This in itself
will change you. You stop looking at your many
failures or the many ways others have failed
to come through for you. Rather, you focus
on the only One who has truly been there and
the only One who has the power to make a change
in your situation. Your shortcomings are suddenly
out of the picture, and you are now opening
your heart, mind and spirit to the reality
of God’s mercy, power, and the truth
that He is greater than all of your failures.
Praise transforms you from unbelief to total
confidence in God.
Psalm 22:3 tells us
that God inhabits our praise. This is another
reason for the transformation that takes place
in your soul. You feel the presence of God
when you praise Him. The nearness of God Himself
lifts your soul out of the well of despair.
Psalm 50:23 explains
how praise brings deliverance from our enemies.
The most harmful enemies of our souls are spiritual
enemies that we cannot see—the evil forces
working behind the people who are making your
life miserable. These same people who are wreaking
havoc in your life are deeply loved by God.
We get so distracted by their negative impact
on us that we forget the hidden evil forces
and think the flesh-and-blood people are the
only enemies we face. Praise helps us get our
enemies in perspective and gives us confidence
that only God can handle these true enemies.
When we focus on praise and leave the work
of our salvation from our enemies to God, we
are set free from our prison of bitterness
149:6 describes our weapon of praise; “May
the praise of God be in their mouths and a
double-edged sword in their hands.”
As you lift up your
soul to praise God for all His goodness, mercy,
love, comfort, joy etc., imagine the God you
praise as having a great big smile beaming
across His face. He is simply delighted by
our praise. Don’t you want to bring joy
to God? Praise Him and you will.
Make this a week of
praise and see how it transforms your soul.
Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Jesus, therefore,
let us continually offer to God a sacrifice
of praise—the fruit of lips that confess
his name.” Make this verse be the focus
of your week.