It is time to increase our praise and take it to another level.
We do not praise to get something. We praise God because of who He is.
When a person or child receives genuine appreciation and praise for what they have done, it makes them want to do more. So, likewise, God wants true worship from us.
John 4:23 NIV says Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
We worship God in the Spirit, not just out of feeling and emotion. Sometimes it may be sacrificial. That is when you operate by faith, reminding God of who He is. It is okay to cry, shout, dance, and sing if it is from a genuine place.
Our praise and trust in God should speak louder than our situation. It shows great love, faith, and trust in God when we can praise/worship God during evil and the challenges life throws our way.
A fitting example of true worship and praise is Psalm 103.
Psalm 103:1-5 English Standard says Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3.who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4. who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
David praised God with all his heart and remembered all that God had done.
Sometimes it takes everything in you to praise God, especially when everything negative is going on around you.
Hebrews 13:15-16 says Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and share, for God is well pleased with such sacrifices.
Most of us as believers know about Paul and Silas (Acts 16:16-40) praising God in the midst of being in prison, chained. While praising God, the chains broke, and they were set free.
The actual test is thanking and praising God while waiting for your release and when things are challenging. We should give God praise every chance we get and thank Him for past victories and for what He has already done. Praise should be a lifestyle.
One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 New King James Version says: 6 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
You Receive Your Release When Your Praise Increase!
Prayer: I bless the Lord and everything that is within me. I worship you in Spirit and truth because of who you are. God, not maker of what state I am in, I offer the sacrifice of praise to you. My praise frees me from every chain and problem. In Jesus’ name! Amen.