It’s Time to Praise – Exuberantly!

 

Well…this year has already had it challenges, that is for sure.

From the first of January until now, I have received more prayer requests, phone calls and texts from people needing prayer and encouragement than I normally do.  Apart from that, looking around at the world can some days be discouraging.  I will be honest about that.  Even so, when I get alone with the Lord, I am at peace.  And I still believe He is telling us to rejoice and celebrate who He is and who we are in Him.  When we do that, stress will drift away, no matter what is going on around us.

So, this week, God reminded me to…rejoice!  Celebrate!

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 – honestly, it was the last place I wanted to be.  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 moment, as I praised, the grief over my dad left me.  It never came back.  Not one time.

I know today, God is telling me once again, praise is the answer.

Consequently, this week, a friend sent me a writing that I had written 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?

Praise is still the answer.

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, if we 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 during 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 remains 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.

 

 

Appoint My Days

My spirit is strong, my emotions are settled, my mind is sharp, and my body is healed.  I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  I am like a tree planted by the rivers of water which bears fruit in my season. My leaves do not wither and whatsoever I do prospers.  My steps are ordered by the Lord today and I declare the end from the beginning, in Jesus’ Name.

I Peter 5:10, John 14:27, Ephesians 6:10, Psalm 37:23, Psalm 1:3, Isaiah 46:10