All through the Bible we are told to praise the Lord, to rejoice and be glad. It is easy to be happy and rejoice when all is well and the sun is shining, but quite another to rejoice in the midst of the the storm and yet that is the key to our victory.

Psalm 47:1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with a voice of triumph. KJV

Psalm 48:1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. KJV

Psalm 22:3 But thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the praises of His people. KJV

These scriptures are saying that we are to be excited about the the Lord and to show it outwardly in our praise. Psalm 149 and 150 say to praise Him with instruments, even the tambourine and the dance. We are to clap and shout for joy for He is greatly to be praised!

We are to focus on what He has already done for us. He has delivered us from death opening the way for eternal life with Him. He is worthy of all our praise. When we give it up to Him, He comes down and inhabits our praises which means to dwell and to marry. What greater blessing is there?

In Revelation 7:14, it speaks of God’s people who have come out of the tribulation period and have made their garments white by the blood of the lamb. These same people are in Rev.14:3 and they sing a new song because they have learned to sing in the hard times.

We have to learn to sing in the hard times because it is not in our nature to sing when we are sad or feel like crying. We would rather sit down and cry and complain “why me?” But James 1:2 says to consider it wholly joyful when the trial comes. The Lord wants us to learn to be in high spirits and not let the things of this life unnerve us. That is what a sacrifice of praise is all about and it is a very special sound to His ears.

We have a sin nature in need of a change and the lord is showing us to sing and be thankful before the answer to our prayer comes when all is dark. We then can trust Him to bring about the good ending He has promised when we do not see the good. We can look upon Jesus and all He went through for us which will lead us to peace and joy. He will supply us with the songs of deliverance with that special word that we know is just for us.

The word praise is in the book of Psalms 160 times. The definition of praise in the Hebrew is to make a show, shine, to be clamorously foolish, to celebrate. God inhabits the praises of His people, so the devil will do everything to stop you from being the worshipper God created you to be. If we do not spend time in Praise and Worship everyday, the oil in our lamps will be too low to survive.

God’s presence strengthens us in everyway. Satan flees God’s presence. He will do whatever he can to discourage you from singing and rejoicing. But as we make this a part of our life we become stronger spiritually and physically and are not defeated by the enemy.

The word sing is in the book of Psalms 68 times. The Lord is repeating to us over and over that praise and singing are vital to a healthy soul. It will always lead us to happiness therefore praise is a weapon against the enemy.

The Father is seeking those who will worship in Spirit and in Truth. We want to be filled with the Holy Spirit and not believe any of the devil’s lies. The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and that will help us to become the worshippers He is seeking.

In Psalm 52:9 the psalmist says, “I will thank You and confide in You forever, because You have done it (delivered me and kept me safe).” Amp. Who do you go to and confide in when you are hurting? Jesus is is the only true comfort that heals. All other help is temporary and incomplete.

His love is everlasting, steadfast and a sure thing. There are no arms like His that can hold us and protect us from all harm. Let us give Him the love and the praise that only He deserves!

How Good It Is from Shouts of Joy — Hosanna Integrity Music

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