The Domino Effect of Praise (1)
'...I will praise You more and more.' Psalm 71:14 NLT
Don't limit yourself to worshipping God in church. Be like the Psalmist: 'I will bless the Lord at all times...' (Psalm 34:1 NKJV) When you don't feel like praising God but you do it because you want to please Him, that's called '...the sacrifice of praise...' (Hebrews 13:15 NKJV) And when praise becomes a lifestyle it has a domino effect (that's where one change causes another, which in turn causes another). When you tell God how wonderful He is, how much you love Him and want to spend time with Him, you're more likely to find your mate telling you how wonderful you are, how much they love and enjoy being around you. Over time your family and friends start to feel the effect. On the other hand, when you withhold from God the praise He deserves, you deprive yourself of what you need in your own life. David said, '...magnify the Lord with me...let us exalt His name together.' (Psalm 34:3 NKJV) God inhabits [occupies, sets up house in] the praises of His people. (Psalm 22:3) When you tell Him, 'You're wonderful, there's no problem You can't solve and no need You can't meet. I'm casting all my care on You. I know You love me and I'm not going to give in to depression and defeat. I'm trusting You to conquer my enemies, break down the doors that are locked and give me victory,' God sends angels to fight and win the battle on your behalf. (Hebrews 1:14) No wonder David said, '...I will praise you more and more.'(Psalm 71:14 NLT) It works! Isn't it time you started thinking along the same lines?
The Domino Effect of Praise (2)
'My mouth is filled with Your praise...all day long.' Psalm 71:8 NAS
In 2007, after battling leukemia, pianist/song-writer Roger Bennett died. He thought he was in remission but the disease returned with a vengeance. He wrote on his website: 'Our enemy stalks us exactly the way the Bible describes, as a roaring lion. He hides in the bushes waiting for any sign of weakness. Then he strikes. He didn't strike me physically. He struck a more critical part - my joy...confidence...and hope. Every thought I turned towards Heaven bounced back like it was made of brass. Every time I tried to look on the bright side, I ended up imagining a dark future. Then he threw his most effective dart - doubt. "You call yourself a Christian. What a hypocrite! You're more afraid than ever...more filled with despair. So much for your faith, Mr. Gospel Singer!" I believed everything he said. I tried everything I knew to pull out of it...I thought if I dozed off it would pass...but the clock seemed to move in slow motion. Sleep was nowhere near. I tried to lose myself in the Bible, but the words blurred and I couldn't make sense of them.' Then Bennett had an epiphany, as he thought about Paul and Silas in prison. 'They didn't despair,' he wrote. 'They sang praises and that became their weapon. One after another...old songs came to me and I sang them to my empty room. It wasn't a great performance, but it may be the most powerful blessing I've received.' The Psalmist wrote, 'My mouth is filled with Your praise...all day long.'(Psalm 71:8 NAS) Try it. It's a strategy that works!
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