What’s on your mind today? As you carry out whatever obligations or responsibilities you’re committed to, what are you thinking about? Because the truth is, whatever you’re thinking about the most is what’s dominating your life right now. If you’re entirely focused on your problems, you’re probably in a state of anxiety, stress, worry, fear, or even panic. You have to begin to think about what you’re thinking about! The devil is constantly trying to attack your mind with negative thoughts. He wants your focus to be on your problems. But the way to combat the enemy’s tactics, and win the spiritual battle in your mind, is through praise. Praise strengthens you and paralyzes the enemy; it stops him dead in his tracks (2 Samuel 22:4).
A lot of times we take praise for granted. We let it slip because we view praise and thanksgiving as a religious “thing” we do at church. But praise is not a church thing, it’s a Bible thing!
Praise is a powerful part of your faith walk. In fact, your faith will never be complete without praise (Matthew 21:16, AMP). Praise completes your faith, and things begin to happen the way they need to happen. Praise causes your faith to thrive! In fact, if things are not working in your life, praise might be the thing that’s missing. When you release praise to God, it unlocks doors that have been locked in your life.
Psalm 8:2 (NIV) declares, “Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”
You may be thinking, “Well, that’s all fine and good, praise the Lord. But practically speaking, how is praise going to deliver me from this hurtful, painful, impossible situation I’m in right now?” I’ll tell you how.
Let’s say, for instance, you have a need in your life right now; you might need a job. Instead of murmuring and complaining about the fact that you don’t have a job, begin to meditate on what the Word says.“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, NIV).Now, begin to praise and thank God for the physical manifestation of that job. Occupy the time between obeying God’s Word and receiving the manifestation of what you’re believing Him for with praise and thanksgiving. Take time every day to say, “Lord, I thank and praise you for the manifestation of what I’ve prayed for.” When there’s an attitude and atmosphere of praise, things that seem impossible will begin to happen.
When you praise God, you’re acknowledging all of His goodness. Begin to establish a lifestyle of praise. Praise shifts your thinking to God’s promises and away from your problems. Praise God for what He’s already done! Praise Him for what His Word has promised us He will do, even when you don’t see any evidence of it yet. There’s always going to be something we can find to worry about. But rather than worry, find something to praise and thank God for in the midst of a negative situation. Open your mouth and shout, “Hallelujah, anyhow!” Hallelujah is the highest form of praise! And when you genuinely begin to give God praise, you’ll experience true joy, strength, peace, and complete deliverance. “Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)” (Psalm 150:6, AMP).