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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Have you noticed how muscles that don’t get exercised get very weak and affect the strength of the entire body? All muscles need exercise including our 'praise muscle.' If we find ourselves forgetting to praise and be thankful for all that the Lord does for us every day, it really does affect us. Praising the Lord actually lifts us up!

One of the best things about praise is that the more you do it the more you find to be thankful for. It is like an Aliyah. Praise keeps you going up. It is like the air under the eagle’s wings. When you feel negativity or unpleasant thoughts creeping in, begin to praise the Lord for His goodness, for His faithfulness, for His provision, for His presence with you. Praising G-d erases negativity, and unpleasant thoughts because your focus is on what is good, what is pure, noble, just and what is eternal. 

Hebrews 13:15-16. Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Praise takes us right to G-d. 

Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! An atmosphere of praise invites His presence in a special way:

Psalm 22:3 G-d is enthroned upon the praises of Israel. You can actually wear praise like a garment!

Isaiah 61:3b ….the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Do we want our spirits lifted? He has given us the way to do this. Change clothes! Put on that garment of praise. When we do, the spirit of heaviness has to leave.

Praise G-d because He is Worthy! 

Psalm 145:3 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. Jack Taylor commented that, 'When we praise, productivity is maximized fulfillment is realized and frustration is neutralized.'

Imagine what would happen if praise was a way of life! 

Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

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