Archive for April 2011

Praise Your Heavenly King

How do you bring God’s glory into your life? Through praise and adoration. Sing His praises daily. Wake up seeking and praising Him. Play praise music in your house. Sing praises as you are working or doing your daily chores. Sing that hymn of praise on your pillow as you fall asleep.

Why is praise so powerful? It keeps you focused on God instead of circumstances. It protects your mind from attacks of satan. It keeps you from judging, grudging and sludging!

David the psalmist created some amazing praise verses when he was in the midst of trouble. Here’s Psalm 96:1-6.

“Sing to the Lord a new song;

Sing to the Lord all the earth.

Sing to the Lord bless His name;

Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

Tell of His glory among the nations,

His wonderful deeds among the peoples.

For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;

He is to be feared above all gods.

For the gods of the peoples are idols,

But the Lord made the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before Him,

Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.”

Hang out with joyful people who are full of praise. By doing that you and your joyful friends can pull up others to a place of praise. Remember what David says: “Splendor and majesty are before Him, strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.” If you are thinking of splendor and majesty, it’s pretty hard to be down in the dumps!

Jesus Heals the Broken-Hearted

Has someone broken your heart? Maybe you have gone through the emotions and gyrations of grief, anger and sorrow. You might feel lost because someone you trusted betrayed you. Perhaps you are hanging on to the loss, finding it impossible to let go and move on.

While I don’t intend to minimize your pain, Jesus can heal it. He can heal it in a way that reaches deep in your soul. He has already paid the price for your pain. So, how do you activate this healing? First you must forgive the person who broke your heart, then proclaim the promise in God’s Word.

Forgiveness can be so difficult. You may feel you are not ready yet. The sooner you are ready, the sooner you can be set free. Personally, when I need to forgive someone, God will often ask me to pray for the person. In some cases I have made myself pray for the person, because I wasn’t ready to forgive them. Ask God to give you the strength to forgive and believe that He can do it supernaturally.

God promises He will heal your wounds in Psalms.

“He heals the broken-hearted

And binds up their wounds.”

—Psalms 147:3, New American Standard Version

You can put this promise into action by reading it aloud repeatedly. This will grow your faith in the promise. The more you recite the promise, the more it becomes a part of you.

Ask your God to heal your heart. He is longing, waiting for you to let go of the pain.

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