daily devotional

Psalm 22:3 “You are holy, enthroned on praises.”

Enthroned on also means “dwelling in.” God is dwelling in our praises.
Our praise of God causes him to come down in our midst and inhabit our praises. Your praise is like a magnet to God. He can’t resist your praise and worship of him. If you are seeking guidance, if you’re seeking answers, if you’re seeking healing, if you’re seeking a breakthrough, your answer is to praise him.

You praise God with your offering of gratitude through word or song. What do you have to be grateful for today? Tell God about it! This is praise. And when you praise him, he comes down and dwells in your praise. And I know this for sure, when God is invited to front and center of your life like this, he starts making things happen. He just can’t help but move on your behalf. Your praise moves him to action.

Yes, this is your answer today. Praise him. Offer your gratitude through word and song.

Have you gotten into the habit of only talking to God when you need something? Do you only bow your head or hit your knees when there’s nothing else you can do? Hey, this isn’t a guilt trip. God will take your prayers any way he can get them, but what if the very reason you’re going through a crisis is because you wouldn’t come to him without it? Hey, I’ve been there. I’ve been brought to my knees because for one reason or another I was just too busy and distracted to do it without the crisis.

Today, whether you feel you’re in desperate need of God’s guidance or not, won’t you praise him? Won’t you offer him your gratitude through word or song? He can’t resist your praise.

Understand this, when you intentionally choose to praise God, you are breaking strongholds. The enemy works in your mind. He plays with your thoughts. The very things you are thinking come out of your mouth. When you fill your thoughts with gratitude for all God has done, is doing, and will do in your life, the enemy is pushed right out. When praise flows from your lips, the very things which have been holding you back are diminished. The work the enemy has been doing in your mind comes to a screeching halt and God’s power is unleashed. How? All through praise.

Could it really be that simple? Why wouldn’t it be? Why wouldn’t God’s power be drawn to the one who is praising him? Why wouldn’t he want to come sit a while in your presence while you talk to him and sing to him? Why wouldn’t he draw close to his girl who is focusing on him instead of the storm?
And I’ll tell you this, the bigger your storm, the more valuable your praise. Call God’s presence down into your storm today with your words and song of gratitude to him. If you don’t know any specific songs, I encourage you to go to “Today’s Christian Hits” on Pandora. Start there.

Every bit of beauty your eyes fall upon, whisper a “thank you” to the one who created it and blessed you with it.

Each time you do, you’re calling the Almighty’s presence down into this ordinary Tuesday. You don’t have to wait until Sunday to praise him. You don’t have to be in a church building, don’t you know God has just been waiting for an invitation to dwell in your house. Your praise is his invitation.

The most powerful prayer you can pray in the middle of a crisis is a prayer of praise. Why? Because this shows your ultimate surrender and faith in your God. Your praise says “God, you already know all about this and I’m thanking you in advance for how you’re working all this together for my good.” Your praise says “God, I don’t have to understand it all. I don’t have to get in the middle of it all. I may not see the way now, but I know you are making one.”

God inhabits your praise. He comes down and dwells in your praise. He can’t resist your praise. Within your praise he is moving and he is working. He is healing and he is restoring. He is breaking the strongholds of the enemy.
This is what your praise does. Today, just praise him.
Psalm 118: 28-29 – “You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”