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.