“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the trimbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!”
What does it mean to live your life focused on Truth…based on what you know is true about God? It is so easy to lose sight of who God really is when life is full of challenges and trials. I love reading the Psalms because David did such an incredible job of praising through his pain. It paints a picture of how we should live. Even when his enemies were closing in on every side and things looked hopeless, he cried out to God and thanked Him for being Almighty, Awesome God. (See Psalm 71)
When you find yourself in that place of brokenness, sorrow or questioning God’s plan, try listing all of the things that you know are true about God. Because proclaiming His truth dispels the lies of the enemy…the lies that God has forgotten His promises.
My list looks something like this:
God, I know that You are faithful. You are true. You created me. You give life. You are healer. You are my constant companion. You are Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the End. You are my peace. I know I can trust You. You love me. And You have a plan. You will never forget Your promises to me.
This exercise is important because in the midst of difficulties, its easy to forget who God is. But, remember this important truth: Our circumstances change. God does not. Even when life is spinning out of control, God is still God. He is still good. And He is still worthy to be praised.
I want to encourage you today, that even when everything around you changes, or maybe completely falls apart, God is still the same. He hasn’t left you. If you feel like life has left you with nothing to be grateful for, praise God for who He is in your life. Because that won’t change.
I know that being in the ministry, whether a worship leader, pastor or mentor…it is hard. Very hard. But, keep your focus on the Truth. Take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5), and focus on what you know is true about the Lord. That will help you, when you walk through trials and difficulties, to see more clearly, and keep your eyes focused on Him.
If you are struggling to hold onto God’s promises today, or if you feel like He is silent…write your list. What do you KNOW to be true about God? Who is He? Praise Him for that.
Last year, I co-wrote and recorded a song called “Speak Your Name” that talks about the power that comes when we speak His Name and proclaim His Truth. You can take a listen right here. I pray it blesses you.
The last verse of Psalm 150 says “Let everything that has breath sing praises to the Lord!”
Even when it’s hard. Even when you feel like He is silent.
Praying for you…
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