I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. Psalm 34:1, 4-5
1. DELIVERANCE FROM FEAR. Both fear and faith are planted as seeds of thought. The Hebrew word for fear is also translated as a “storehouse,” which gives a good visual of how you can fill a whole barn with all your fears. Praise breaks that cycle. When you constantly speak out praises reminding yourself of Who God is and what His Word promises, God will deliver you from a whole silo full of freak-out!
2. DELIVERANCE FROM SHAME. When you look to God you become radiant. Let God’s praise continually be in your mouth – not just when you feel happy or when you are singing at church. This is counter-intuitive to our emotions, but praise and thanksgiving are the way to breakthrough. The apostle Paul wrote from prison: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).
3. DELIVERANCE FROM APATHY. Connecting with God through praise and worship activates us. We are called to believe for people’s hearts to turn to Jesus, for evil in the world to be stopped, and for tough situations to turn around. When Paul and Silas praised God from jail, it set the atmosphere that caused the jailer and his family to get saved (Acts 16:25-34). Take time to magnify the Lord and tell of all His works. In doing so, you will prepare the way for lives to be changed, including your own.
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
I will rejoice in the Lord always; again I will rejoice! I will be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I will let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute; if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, I will dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:4; 6-8)
Sending out rays of light; bright; shining. Characterized by health, intense joy, happiness, etc.
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