Well…this year has already had it challenges, that is for sure.
On the sixth of January, people began texting me and calling me with the latest news. For a moment, my heart dropped. I will be honest about that. However, within moments I felt the Lord speak to my heart and encourage me.
He told me to rejoice and celebrate. In those moments, the stress and chaos I was hearing about, drifted off my shoulders.
He then took me back to the day after we buried my Dad, who died of cancer several years ago.
The funeral was on Saturday, therefore the next day was church day – I did not want to go. But God compelled me to go, which I did. That day, after a brief conversation with God, He commanded me to go up to the front of the church and dance before Him in praise. Honestly, I didn’t think I could do it – I certainly didn’t feel like praising – but I did.
That day the grief over my Dad left me. It never came back. Not one time.
I knew God was telling me once again, praise is the answer.
The next day a friend sent me a writing that I had sent out quite a while back. I had forgotten about this word from the Lord, but it went right along with what God was presently showing me.
Praise is still the answer.
This is the word the Lord spoke to me. I believe it is quite relevant today.
“Exuberant praise will rattle the enemy. It will send confusion into the enemy’s camp and cause them to be destroyed from within. Exuberant praise will open prison doors and let the oppressed and the captives go free. It will break the shackles of sickness and disease and bring forth wholeness. There is an anointing right now on exuberant praise to stop the enemy in his tracks, to bring a halt to all he is attempting to do in your life…enter into exuberant praise.”
Psalms 8:2 tells us that praise still or stops the enemy. One translation says it will shut his mouth.
If praise stops the enemy – why are we not praising more?
I believe it is because we allow other things to get in our mind and our heart. The enemy is doing everything in his power to infiltrate our world with fear and hopelessness. However, if we belong to God, there is always hope.
God’s word is truth. It is the ONLY truth. If we are founded in His word, we will not be shaken by what is going on around us. His word will stabilize us and exuberant praise will lift us up above all the chaos.
It stabilized me on a day I felt anything but steady. Praise will do it again, we if allow it to.
Living a lifestyle of praise is the best possible antidote to fear and hopelessness. It is one of the most powerful things we can do to create change in our lives.
Praise is powerful! It affects you, physically, emotionally and especially, spiritually. It affects God and it affects the devil.
When we praise God in the midst of a challenging time or situation, things change. They change because God inhabits the praise of His people. (Psalm 22:3)
Where praise is – God is. Where God is – things change for the good.
In this time, God is again saying, exuberant praise will bring change.
What then is exuberant praise? It is joyously, unrestrained and enthusiastic praise!
Praise without restraint. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
If regular praise stops the enemy and shuts his mouth, imagine what exuberant praise will do!?
The day God gave me this word, He said it would:
Rattle & bring confusion to the enemy.
Open prison doors and release the oppressed, letting them go free.
Destroy & remove sickness and disease.
There remain today an anointing on exuberant praise. A yoke destroying, burden removing anointing.
I don’t know what you are facing today, but I do know this. Exuberant praise will change things. How do I know? Because it did for me.
Meditate on this:
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! …(Psalm 150)