Suddenly, our lives can be shaken by various trials: a loved one is battling sickness; another went to be with the Lord; a job has been lost; or, our closest relationship is in turmoil. A sense of despair, sorrow, grief and pain overcomes our being.
Amidst tribulation, the Spirit of God stirs us up to be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world. Only by His grace can we put that into action. We press through to praise the Lord. We might read Psalms 23, Psalms 91 or other scriptures in the Bible with tears running down our cheeks. Our hearts are heavy in the midst of hardship, but we are propelled to reach for the garment of praise. It supernaturally removes the spirit of heaviness. As we proceed, comfort and hope arise in our souls. We are filled with a joy and peace that passes all understanding. Tears and fears truly disappear in the presence of the Lord.
When we praise the Lord, sorrow and fear are dispelled. It comforts and encourages those in our surroundings. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. When we express joy, by God’s grace, we bring the breaking of dawn to our night season. It’s not the joy known in the natural. It’s the fruit of the Holy Spirit, our comforter. In the midst of tears, we keep our cheers, from glory to glory!
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Things of this world, the flesh and the devil come to hinder our walk with Christ; we must press through to reside in our place of victory. The most effective way to press through is by praising the Lord.
Truly, the best time to praise the Lord is when we don’t feel like it. There is a strong anointing on the sacrifice of praise we offer to God. It requires pushing our flesh out of the way, taking every thought captive and obeying, whatever the cost. As we give thanks to His name, darkness flees and all obstacles are removed. The garment of heaviness is lifted as God is lifted up. Our weapons of warfare are sharpened as we magnify His holy name. We are encouraged and edified because the more we extol Him, the more we trust His miraculous ways.
Praising the Lord brings His presence into whatever scene we are facing. Heaviness might be surrounding us from various sources; or, some things might be affecting us more than we realize. As we praise the Lord, we shake the dust off our feet. We proclaim that He is worthy, holy, able, mighty, awesome and moving in our lives! We press through the stress and through the mess, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 13:15 “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.”
Does something we’ve been working on look small? Does it appear as if little is happening? Are we expecting more than what can be seen? He gives us great faith in Him and changes what we see accordingly. What seems small is big when seen through the eyes of faith in a mighty God. We must walk by faith and not by sight.
We see fruitfulness the moment the seed is planted. There is nothing little in God and all that comes from Him is great: a word; a touch; a partial victory in an area. Small manifestations are never to be taken for granted. We praise God from whom all blessings flow. When we do not have enough money for our rent, but we have part of it, we might question how we are going to get the rest until one day… instead of questioning what isn’t… our praise comes forth for what is! A great praise for what He has done comes forth; trusting if He did this much, surely He will take care of us all the way! Think back on all the times He provided for us and made “a way” out of “no way.” The answer to our needs is usually already on the way.
God is faithful. He is awesome, worthy to be praised. It’s not how small something is, but how big He is that we learn to focus on, from glory to glory!
Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
The way we act at times may not be understood by others, but our Lord gets it! He knows why we reacted the way we did; why we were hurt by what was said; why we laughed so hard at that one happening; why we wept for joy in His presence; He gets it!
God Almighty loves us so much that our past, present and future ways are always understood; whatever it was in our yesterday that caused our behavior of today, is clear to Him. As He transforms us, He heals the areas that bring wrong behaviors, and He protects our traits that make us so unique. With full knowledge of who we are, the Lord rejoices over us. He comprehends the who, the why, the when and the how of all we are.
Many times when we are misunderstood by others, we feel rejected, but the moment we rest assured that God gets it, we feel accepted and loved. As we delight ourselves in the Lord, He gives us new desires and increases the ones He had already placed in our hearts. These desires also cause us not to behave like everyone else, because these desires are not satisfied with where we are. As we grow spiritually and the natural realm is no longer our focus, people around us don’t understand; they don’t get it. What happened? The Lord got us. He gets it because He got us. Everything that pertains to us… He got it! Hallelujah! Now we get it, from glory to glory!
Psalms 139:14 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
In the Psalms, David compares his thirst for God to a deer panting for the waters. This metaphor is meaningful to us, because it helps us understand our moving in the Spirit in times of spiritual warfare.
When the deer is hunted, he goes into the river and stays submerged as long as he can; and he swims in the middle so the hounds cannot catch his scent. When the deer is being chased, he becomes faint and longs to drink the water. In spiritual warfare, we seek the living waters of God with an intense desire. The more we stay in the stream of the river of God, the more the living waters keep us safe. This desire will meet opposition, but increase as we are filled with the Spirit of God.
We find ourselves panting for the outpouring of God’s spirit in all situations. We keep praising the Lord, believing He quenches our thirst, and He keeps us deep in the river of His glory. He protects us from our enemies. Deep calls unto deep! In the presence of God, there is fullness of joy. God’s presence eliminates the presence of evil. God increases our thirst for Him so we become more and more submerged, and remain in that healing place. The fragrance of Christ increases upon us and the enemy must flee. More of Christ is our aim, from glory to glory!
Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.”