Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 36)
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
Psalm 30:11-12 (NKJV)
I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
Psalm 138:1 (NKJV)
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
Praise is a theme of the Bible and a focus of the Psalms. For Christians, praise is the public profession of worship, an adoring reverence of God. Praise moves us closer to God and Him closer to us: He is 'Enthroned in the praises' of His people (Psalm 22:3).

Praise carries power beyond man's ability to understand, and beyond the enemy's ability to fight. Because praise invites God's presence--and where God is, Satan is not.

When Joshua's men blew their horns and shouted before a great wall, the great wall fell from the praise. When young David played music before a mad king, the king's madness fled from the praise. When King Jehoshaphat's worship team sang before an unbeatable army, the army was beaten from the praise--and God's force that followed.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Praising God is your joy, your duty and your defense!

As your joy, praise is a calling card for God. When you show joy, especially in un-joyful situations, people will ask 'The Reason for the hope that you have' (1 Peter 3:15).

As your duty, praise is publicity for God. When God relieved David's suffering, David embraced his duty to share how God helped him: 'To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent' (Psalm 30:12).

As your protection, praise forces the enemy to flee. To him, your professions of God's greatness are more irritating than fingernails on a chalkboard, more frightening than a legion of lions, because God will come to you in praise. Imagine a bully facing the strongest Hero: 'It is a terrifying thing to fall into the Hand of the Living God' (Hebrews 10:31).

As King David praised God throughout his life, even in times of trouble, even in times of waiting--and certainly in times of victory, so must you.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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