I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.
Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious Name.
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His Countenance.
In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Matthew McConaughey did it at the 2014 Academy Awards. After winning Best Actor, he thanked God and stunned a worldwide audience. 'First off I want to thank God, because that's Who I look up to. He's graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand.'
Is McConaughey a Christian? I don't know, but he got a lot of people talking about God--including closet Christians embedded in the alien land of entertainment. Is he a positive role model? That's debatable, but the pace of every faith walk is unique. What he did was exciting.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Expect increasing excitement as God increases the positions of His stars in media. Quiet Christians will speak. Complacent Christians will rise. Prodigal Christians will repent. Talented Christians will shine. Young Christians will lead, and millions who are lost will be found.
New Christians will blow their horns and shout their praise from every corner of the earth. Walls mightier than Jericho will fall. Because the power of praise is immeasurable. It denies depression, discredits disease, defies death and disavows demonic strongholds.
Because the sounds of worship are abominable to Satan. As godly light chases away the darkness, godly praise chases away the principalities and powers of evil.
Therefore, offer God the sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise when you seem to be winning--especially in public. Because your glory is His glory anyway. Offer Him this same sacrifice when you seem to be losing--even in public. Because then, the reverse happens:
His glory will become your glory. King David lived it: 'You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness' (Psalm 30:11). So did the Apostle Paul: 'And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: thanks and praise in all circumstances is not only your rightful duty, but also your success strategy.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Public Relations series.