Praise and Worship

Last time we talked about how important it is to choose to thank God in all circumstances, not just when life is going great. Thanking Him when things seem hopeless is a way to show God we trust that He’s working all things out for good for us, His children.

Today, I want to talk about the next aspect of focusing on God’s promises instead of life’s problems: Praise and Worship.

This is another command from God. Do you remember the story about Paul and Silas in the jail cell, praising and worshipping God while chained up? If you don’t, but you want to read about it, you can find it in Acts 16:16-40.

Praise and Worship. Like Thanksgiving, this can be really hard to do when you look around and everything looks hopeless. However, that’s the best time to praise God because you’re letting Him know you trust Him to get you through the circumstances you see yourself in.

For me, the easiest way to praise and worship is to turn on the radio and let praise and worship songs fill my space. Soon I find myself singing along, sometimes raising my hands in worship to God. As the words seep into my soul, I believe His promises and know God’s got my situation under control. I remember times in the past when He’s answered seemingly hopeless prayers and know with certainty He will answer again, in His time, His way.

Sometimes, I like to fall asleep saying the different names of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit back to Him. For instance, God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, I AM, Heavenly Father. Jesus is Jehovah Rapha (the Great Healer), Jehovah Jireh (the Great Provider), the Good Shepherd. The Holy Spirit is our Guide, Comforter, Protector. Those are just a few names of each deity. There are so many more. The more I speak the names back to Him, the more I remember His Power and how He is the Miracle Worker.

What’s the best way you find to worship? It can be through singing, listening to music, reading the Bible – whatever way that brings you closer to remembering the Power of God and all that He can do is the right way.

© Cheri Swalwell 2021

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