Psalm 8:2 Praise: The Greatest Stronghold

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Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:2 

All over the world people and nations are constantly seeking ways to defeat their enemies. They want to know what it will take to stop the enemy from being able to attack and win a battle.

Walls, gates, and security systems are put in place everywhere one looks. Security guards are set up to watch out for the enemy. Billions of dollars are spent to ‘protect’ themselves from the enemy. Spies are enlisted to find out information about the enemy and how to defeat them.

Yet, the enemy still is able to get in and destroy. Sometimes just a little, while other times a lot.

David points out that a great stronghold against the enemy is found in the simplest of ways. It is found in praise of the children and infants. Praise is what silences the enemy.

One may wonder how praise can be a stronghold against the enemy and how it can silence the enemy. Praise takes the focus off of self and off of the enemy. It points one towards God.

Praise gives God all of the credit and the power to do what needs to be done. It builds the faith of the believer as he focuses his mind and heart on praising God. In this way it focuses on what God can do, not what the enemy is trying to do.

With God all things are possible, so as one is praising God, God is able to defeat the enemy. The enemy may be physical, but more often it is a spiritual enemy. these are the enemy of the thoughts, words and actions of self. One cannot praise God and live in sin at the same time, it is one or the other. When praising God one is living for God.

As you face enemies in your life, both physical and mental, turn your focus away from the enemy and towards God. Notice how big God is and how small the enemy really is. Begin to give God praise and worship and see what He can do.

Praising God builds a fortress of God around your life. It puts up a barrier around your thought life to block out unwanted thoughts to enter. As these thoughts are blocked, you can live for God.

Give God praise today!

I pray today that your heart will be overwhelmed with praise to God; that you will see reasons to praise God through all circumstances; that your heart will be filled with joy at praising God; and that you will see God block the enemies of your soul through your praise.

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Job 2:10 Accept Everything From God

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He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. Job 2:10 

When things are going good, people are happy. They are satisfied and ready to keep on going. However, when trouble comes, many people crash into depression and anger. Often they question why something bad is happening. They want to know why things are no longer going well.

At this point judgement starts to occur. They blame themselves, others or God for what is going wrong. Bitterness sets in and their life takes a downward spiral.

Shortly after loosing all of his livestock, servants and children–his material wealth–Job came down with sores covering his entire body. He would sit in ashes, scraping his skin, trying to find relief. His wife told him to give up on God, to curse God and die. She thought suicide would be the way out of all the suffering Job was going through.

Immediately Job told her that she was being foolish. He said that just as they accept good from God, they should also accept trouble from Him.

Accepting trouble in one’s life is very difficult, because it is painful and difficult. Often it does not make any sense. A person can be doing everything right, yet everything is going wrong.

However, God works all things out for the good of those who love Him and trust Him. God allows bad things in the lives of His people for a reason. It can be to build the person up, encourage others and build others up, or for them to be a witness to others.

Jesus did everything perfectly, never sinning, yet He had the greatest trouble put on any man of all time–the sins of every person, but it was for a purpose. It benefited Him and all mankind.

As you are going through a struggle, and you will, if you are not going through one right now, trust God in it. Give Him all the praise for who He is. Praise Him for knowing what is best for you. Praise Him for how He is going to bring you through that trouble. Praise Him for how He is going to use that trouble for your benefit.

Don’t fight against trouble and fall into depression or bitterness. Allow God to use it and change you. In the end you will have eternal life with no more troubles.

I pray today that you will know God’s faithfulness to you; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will trust God’s choices for you; and that you will praise God in every circumstance.

Nehemiah 12:31 Sing Praise

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I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate. Nehemiah 12:31 

When something great happens, there is usually some type of celebration. People are excited when a great thing is accomplished or finished. At the point of finishing building a large building, there is usually a grand ceremony celebrating its completion.

People are always excited to see something finished. One of the ways that people celebrate things is with music. If something is large enough, bands or singers may be brought in for the celebration. Music is one thing that will bring a lot of people together. Very few people do not like to listen to music, though the types of music listened to may vary a lot.

As the people had finished re-building the walls around Jerusalem, they were excited. Nehemiah had two choirs put together for the celebration. They were to sings songs of thanks and praise to God. They were grateful for God’s great mercy, protection and provision in re-building the wall. It had taken a lot of work with a lot of pressure to stop and give up building the wall.

In the life of every believer there will be times when something has to be done that will take a lot of work and time. There will be a lot of pressure to give up. People may not want it to happen.

But if it is what God wants done, one should not give up. One should do what God wants done and not quit until it is done. However, once it is done, one must give God thanks. This can be done with words or with music and words. It is the first thing to be done in celebrating the completion of some great project or any project. Giving God thanks for what He allowed to be done.

You may be in some great project for God or it may be a small one. Either way it takes God’s favor and provision to accomplish it. Trust in Him as you do the work. And when you are finished, give Him thanks and praise in song for using you and giving you provision and strength to complete the task. Sing a new song of praise and thanks to God.

I pray today that you will give thanks to God for all things; that you will give God credit for work He allowed you to do; that you will know God’s power and provision in your life; and that God will do great things through you.

2 Chronicles 6:15 God Keeps His Promise

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You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it–as it is today. 2 Chronicles 6:15 

Promises are made every day by people all over the world. At the same time, promises are also broken every day by people all over the world. Broken promises occur so much that most people do not like to trust anyone’s word. Contracts have to be written up and signed for people to somewhat trust others, and even then, many still don’t trust their word.

The more complex a promise is, the greater it means when it is fulfilled. It can be refreshing when a promise if fulfilled. And it is crushing and depressing when a promise is broken.

Solomon had finished having the temple built for God. As he was in the process of dedicating it, he pointed out to God that He had been faithful and fulfilled His promise to David in him. God had promised the temple would be built by Solomon and it was. God had fulfilled His promise to David and Solomon.

Several thousand years later, God is still in the business of fulfilling His promises. He has never broken His word of promise to anyone to this day.

The challenge comes for many believers in recognizing God’s promises and realizing that it was God’s promise being fulfilled when something occurs. God has promised to meet every need of a believer. Many do not think God is meeting the needs, even though He has. It is some of the wants that God has not met, because it is not the best for the believer.

Believers need to stop and realize God’s hand of fulfillment in their lives each day. When good things are happening, it is often a fulfillment of a promise of God in one’s life.

Think of all the good things that has occurred in your life. How many of those things, if your really think about it, are a part of God’s promises to you? God’s provision of healing, food, joy, peace, forgiveness, clothing, housing and more.

God has been faithful to you each day and will not stop being faithful. No matter what God has promised you, in visions or from His word, He will make it happen.

Be willing to give God praise for His faithfulness to you. Let the world know of His faithfulness.

I pray today that you will see what God has given you; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will see when God is fulfilling a promise to you; and that you will give God praise for His faithfulness to you.

Numbers 10:10 Make Your Rejoicing Heard

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Also at your times of rejoicing–your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts–you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the LORD your God. Numbers 10:10

The world knows how to make their rejoicing about something good known to the rest of the world. Watch when their favorite football team wins the winning goal at a major game. The fans go crazy with shouting and jumping around. Social media is blown up with the news of what happened. It is no secret what happened or what is going on.

This not only happens with sports fans, but with many other major events in life. Great news is passed on very quickly with a loud noise.

God had told the Israelites that when they were rejoicing at one of the various set festivals, they were to blow the trumpets. The trumpet is a very loud sounding instrument that can be heard from a long ways off. This was done with not just one trumpet, but many trumpets, increasing the noise level.

The noise of the trumpets would be heard far from the campsite. The enemy would be able to hear it. The world would know that something is happening.

In the church, there are some people who are very quiet about the good things God is doing in their life. They do celebrate what God is doing, but under hushed tones, not broadcasting the good news.

This is often done out of fear of offending someone or disturbing someone else. They do not want to rock the boat at all.

Yet, the joy of what God is doing or has done should overwhelm a person to the point of wanting to tell the world about it. This news can be just a simple healing, to major touch or move from God.

When you are rejoicing over what God has done in your life, make some noise. Let others know what God has done and is doing. This can be an encouragement to other believers and it can be a witness to the world of who God is.

Do not let your rejoicing be done in secret only, under your breath. Blow the trumpet and let everyone know. God is lifted up by your praise. Do not be ashamed to rejoice out loud as you remember God’s work in your life.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will rejoice in the Lord for His mighty works; that you will let the world know what God is doing; and that you will encourage others with what God has done. 

Leviticus 23:34-35 Celebrate What God Has Done

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The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work.” Leviticus 23:34-35

Celebrations is something that people do all over the world. There are hundreds, even thousands of different reasons to celebrate. These can be from someone’s birthday all the way up to world events being celebrated.

As a celebration is going on, people are excited and happy. They rejoice over something that had happened in the past as they remember what occurred, the reason for the celebration. Their focus is on the previous event. For many different types of celebrations there is a day of no work, it gives rest from the work day and allows a person to focus on the celebration.

While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God set up a regular, annual celebration to be done. It was called the Festival of Tabernacles. This celebration was to remember that they had traveled around the wilderness for forty years in tents. At the end of that time, God brought them out of the tents and gave them their own towns and homes. During this celebration, no work was to be done, the entire focus was upon celebrating what God has done.

Today Israelites still celebrate that festival, only it is now called Sukkot.

Although Christian believers do not celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles, they can celebrate where God has taken them from. Every believer lived in captivity of Egypt at some point in their life. As they were removed from Egypt, they may have gone through a wilderness for a time. Today they can celebrate what God has brought them through.

Every believer needs to stop working and remember what God has done in his life. They are to give God praise and celebrate God’s great work in their lives.

Take a moment to remember where God has brought you from. Think about what God has brought you through. Think about how God has provided for you.

Now take time to celebrate these things. If you can remember the day or even the month these things occurred, set those days aside to celebrate and remember as you give God thanks.

Do not let these events just become some event that happened in the past with no purpose. Celebrate God’s work!

I pray today that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will give God praise for what He has done for you; that you will praise God for His provision over the years of your life; and that you will regularly celebrate God’s work in your life.

Exodus 15:2 Strength And Defense

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“The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2

Finding strength is something that a lot of people are searching for. They want the strength to make it through a difficult time. Many will look to things or methods to build up their physical strength. Energy drinks are commonly drank to help keep a person running for extreme amounts of time. Others will find strength in the encouragement given by friends and family, or in the hope of some promotion or recognition. While these may boost the strength for a moment, they are temporary and often will fail in the end.

Along with searching for strength, people will look for a defense. They want to be defended for their actions. The want to be protected because of their actions. People want to feel as though all of their actions were correct and be protected from the enemy by their own power.

As the Israelites were traveling out of Egypt, they were trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the Red Sea. God in His power and strength parted the waters of the sea and allowed them to cross on dry ground. After the crossing, He put the waters back and destroyed the armies of Pharaoh.

Once they crossed the people started praising God and recognizing that He was their strength and defense. God was the one who had saved them. It was not by their own powers or abilities.

There are many in the church who are looking for strength and a defense. Often they are like the world and seeking people or things to help them. They choose not to look to God who is the only one who can truly be their strength and defense.

You may be stuck between the enemy and a sea. It looks like an impossible situation. Look to God for the strength to keep moving forward. God brought you to that spot and He will bring you out of or through that situation. He has the strength that you need to overcome the enemy and situation.

Jesus is there to defend you against the lies and attacks of the enemy. He stands before God interceding for  you daily.

Give God praise for being you strength and defense. He will provide the salvation you need. You or no one or anything else can do it for you.

I pray today that you will know the strength of God; that you will see God’s defense for you; that you will trust in God’s abilities to save you; and that you will give God all the praise for what He does for you.