Today, I woke up in prayer thanking GOD for His loving kindness and His faithfulness. My truth today, I could not do life apart from GOD. GOD is my hope in the midst of hard days. Knowing that He is with me enables me to continue to walk in joy. Sometimes discouragement try to enter in when I am most vulnerable, but GOD’s word remind me daily that I walk in victory. Our family is going through some dark days but we know that GOD is in control. No matter how dark it appears to be, He is still the “Light in our World”.
When dark days come, it is easy to become discouraged and feel like you are all alone, but it is so far from the truth of the matter. The accuser of the brethren, satan, would like us to hold on to this falsehood. The truth is, God promised that He would never leave us or forsake us. God has given us the answer to whatever the circumstance or trouble. He has told us in His word that He is the way, the truth, and the light. I could hear God say to me to stop giving your circumstance power. The power lies within you. Your faith in me will ignite the power in you. Your body is a temple. The temple of God. Keep the fire of praise burning in your heart and usher the power of praise right into the middle of your circumstance and stand back and see me release my power into your life. Miracles are still happening and God is still moving. He is waiting for us to set aside our troubles and worries and focus on HIM. I heard God say so clearly, the power of your praise is the tool that will take you right into my presence where there is fullness of joy. I kept hearing the scripture in my head that God inhabits the praises of His people. When you are hurting, praise seems like the last thing you are able to do. How can I praise God when I’m hurting? It is so hard, but I am praising God with tears rolling down my face, believing that God will help my family get through these uncertain times and praise is the key to our break-through. So when God reminded me of Psalm 22:3, I wanted to understand what happens when God inhabits our praise.
Psalm 22:3 says that God inhabits the praises of His people.
The Hebrew definition of the word “inhabit” is yasab meaning to sit down. God sits in the midst of our praise. He takes a seat and dwell there. The Creator of the universe enjoys my praise. My praise don’t need a perfect tune or a certain sound. God is able to decipher my moan. All my praise need is for me to surrender myself to GOD, acknowledging who He is and what He alone is able to do in our life. Trusting Him with everything I am even when my eyes see it differently. I enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; giving thanks to Him and praising His name.
You might be asking, what is praise? Well, my definition of praise comes from Psalm 150:1-6.
Praise the Lord, Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
In Acts chapter 16, I read the story about Paul and Silas after being beaten and thrown into prison. Like Paul and Silas, we too will experience hardships and troubles that will rock our world. Be reminded that trouble and distress never stop God from being GOD. There Paul and Silas find themselves in prison and their feet fast in the stocks. I can only imagine how they felt. The scripture tell us they were rented of their clothes and beaten. I know that after such a beating, they were in pain and bleeding from the wounds inflicted upon their bodies. No one cared after their wounds or offered them a cup of water. Their pain did not stop them from praying to GOD. At midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God. Paul and Silas knew it wasn’t about them. It was always about God’s purpose and His will. God never promised us that we would not suffer through dark days, but again, He promise that He would never leave or forsake us.
Paul and Silas never stopped to ask God why or to have pity on themselves. How they reacted to their dilemma show us just how much they trusted in God. So here they are after being beaten and thrown into prison, they are praying and singing praises to GOD. Wow! Could I be honest and tell you that I would still be crying. I cannot pray because I need someone to help me. I need to get out of this jail would be my heart cry. When the prison doors opened I would have been the first to flee. Paul and Silas did it differently. Take a look at Acts 16:27-28.
27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
Paul and Silas knew that wherever God took them He would indeed equip them to get through. Paul and Silas knew something about praise. Praise would give them the power they needed to endure their cross. Their praise told the devil he did not win. They still chose to serve God by giving Him thanks and rejoicing in the fact that God is able. Paul and Silas praise had reached the throne room of God. When God heard their praise, He inhabit their praise and right in the middle of their pain God ushered in His power. GOD MOVED! Yes He did! Their was great power in their prayer. Such power that it shook the foundation of the prison.
Acts 16:26 says, “And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that he foundations of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone bands were loosed. Their praise not only loosed their bands, but everyone inside the prison. Talk about Wonder Working POWER!
Problems that seem to have no solutions were solved in a blink of an eye. Their bands were loosed. No more shackles! Strength to endure. Hope to endure hardship as a good soldier. To know and understand the power of GOD to be victorious in whatever circumstance we may find ourselves in.
Adrian Rogers with Love Worth Finding said this, “You can turn a problem into an opportunity to praise God”.
Whatever your problem, use it to praise God and watch God move in your life just like He did with Paul and Silas. There is POWER in Your PRAISE!