“I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise will continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1″
It’s easy to bless the Lord when things are good; when nothing is out of order. Isn’t it? You know, those seasons when the kids are good, family is great, job is good, you may have just received a promotion; maybe you’re having a baby or just got engaged. Maybe you have the most friends right now than you’ve ever had.
BUT then things change………
Life as you know it is flipped upside down and everything that felt safe is now shaky underneath you. Can you still praise Him? The doctor tells you they found abnormalities in your blood tests or in an ultrasound. Can you still praise Him? You’ve lost your only source of income and you’re running on FAITH. Can you still praise Him? You just found out your child might be sick. Can you still praise Him? Your spouse suddenly decides he/she wants “out” instead of staying and fighting for your marriage. Can you still praise Him? Someone you love dearly was taken away; maybe due to an illness, old age or maybe even suddenly. Can you still praise Him?
See, our circumstances shouldn’t determine our praise unto a holy God however it can and at times, it does. Why? Because of fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure, fear of dying, fear of hopelessness, fear of loss. Fear, is a demonic spirit and the Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and of a sound mind. If we are not careful, fear can paralyze us. We must exercise discernment, take authority over the spirit of fear, bind it, loose it from it’s assignment over our lives and those we love and cast it down in Jesus name.
David, before he became king of Israel, was constantly pursued by King Saul; Israel’s first king. Saul envied David and knew David would one day replace him as king of Israel so Saul wanted to kill David and sought after him for years to do so (This can be found in the book of 1 Samuel beginning with Chapter 18). David had every natural right to fear. Fear for his life and sure, there were many moments when he did. But even so, David blessed the Lord, reminded himself and his enemy who his God was. David blessed the Lord despite his circumstance.
It’s not as easy to lift hands in praise and bless the Lord when you’re hurting, worried or uncertain but that is exactly WHEN you have to praise Him all the more.
He alone can restore your marriage, heal your broken heart from the loss its suffered. He alone can open that door than no man can shut. He alone can heal your child(ren), heal YOU. He alone can take you out of that season of loneliness and fill you to overflow, where time alone with Him becomes better than the company of many. So I encourage you. PRAISE HIM even in your uncertainty; even in your pain. Praise Him when NO ONE is watching.
Praise Him because it’ll confuse the enemy (read 2 Chronicles 20 – specifically versus 22-23). Praise Him because it’ll change YOU in the midst of your circumstance and rest assured that in the spiritual realm, havoc is being made against the kingdom of darkness simply because of your praise. Your praise unlocks the blessings of God over your life and allows God to show up mighty on your behalf.
So remember; PRAISE HIM because He alone can give you beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3) HALLELUYAH!!