The best way to bring God down into our situation is to begin to praise Him, in the midst of our situation…
“God Inhabits the Praises of His People” (Psalm 22:3).
As happened with Paul and Silas, even in the deepest darkest rat infested dungeon, they made the decision to praise God, in the midst of their circumstances, and their praise became the means of their Deliverance.
Since the first sacrifice of Abel, our Lord has always looked with favor on those whose hearts were dedicated to Him.
When Cain and Abel offered their sacrifices, Abel offered the very best from His flocks, whereas Cain only offered a small portion of his crops.
God looked with favor on Abel’s sacrifice; in a sense, He inhabited the condition of Abel’s heart as a blessing and sign of His favor.
Later in Israel’s history, God instructed Moses to build a tabernacle, a traveling worship site that would carry the Ark of the Covenant and the altar upon which the priests would make their sacrifices for the people.
When the tabernacle was completed, a fiery cloud descended on the tent and rested over the Ark.
God inhabited that place of worship among His people.
When the Temple was built in Jerusalem by King Solomon, God spoke to him and said that the Temple was where He would choose to dwell.
His presence would again descend on the temple in the form of a cloud, which was another sign of the favor of God resting on His chosen city and kingdom.
Jesus Abides with us as We Abide in Him
The coming of Jesus Christ to earth as a human being ushered in a new era of God dwelling with man. God literally made His dwelling among human beings, sharing in our nature and our struggles. Jesus was the mouthpiece for the will of the Father, and it was Jesus that told His disciples that abiding with Him meant abiding with the Father.
He also teaches us that if we abide with the Father, the Father will also abide with us.
Today, we call this “asking God into our hearts.”
This draws a clear line to Jesus’ statement in the book of Revelation when He says that He stands at the door and knocks and that we should listen to His voice and let Him in.
The door He mentions should be metaphorically understood as the door to our hearts; if we allow God to enter in, He will inhabit our hearts and imbue us with the Holy Spirit.
What Does This Have to Do with Our Worship?
God seeks to have His way in every area of our lives. He does not do this to directly control our actions as if we have no free will; but when we yield our will to His, He has the freedom to work in us in ways we could never imagine.
Our praise is a primary way that God works His way into our hearts and minds.
When we worship, we are meant to turn all of our attention to God.
In simple terms, worship is ascribing worth to God in some way.
Today, most of us think of worship as music, and that is certainly one aspect of worship. However, it is much more than that.
True worship is lived out every minute of every day.
Paul tells us in Romans that we should give up our bodies in a sacrificial way, and let our minds be constantly renewed by the Holy Spirit.
He says that this is an acceptable act of worship.
Far greater than any song we could sing, wholehearted worship is a life that praises God for His mercy and grace, and that seeks to show others what that grace and mercy has done in our lives.
When we fully give ourselves to God’s purpose in our lives and give all the honor and praise to Him in our words and our actions, God’s might and power indwells itself in us and shines through to the rest of the world.
The Holy Spirit lives in our hearts when we become believers, and His power is shown in our thoughts, actions, and interactions.
Praise is the most effective spiritual weapon that will secure God’s Presence and bring God on the scene to clear out any barriers that would stop us from taking delivery of what belongs to us.
In other words, praise brings down the Presence of God from His Exalted Throne because He inhabits the praises of His people.
Whenever we come together to offer praises to the Almighty God, His Throne is set wherever His people are praising Him to give them the supernatural manifestation of His presence.
Isaiah 43:21 says “The people whom I formed for Myself will make known My praise.”
We are created to give the only thing God cannot give to Himself.
That is why God is always around those who praise and give HIM thanks all the time.
As believers, becoming addicted to praise, it opens up our destiny on its own accord and attracts God’s Presence.
When we are full of praise, the fullness of God emerges and when His fullness emerges, He causes us to become full of signs and wonders.
In the habitation of the Almighty, wonder-working power is present and breakthrough is commonplace.
Praise is one of the easiest ways to access the blessings of God.
It is the platform through which God intervenes in the affairs of our lives.
Praise to God is an indication of our absolute trust in Him. And as we praise Him, we show the extent of our faithfulness and trust in Him even in the midst of going through a challenge.
The power of our praise will determine the magnitude of our breakthrough.
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Saturday, May 20
God At Eventide
by Two Listeners
You have been told to end all prayer upon a note of praise.
That note of praise is not only faith rising up through difficulties to greet Me. It is even more.
It is the Soul’s recognition that My Help is already on the way.
It is the echo in your heart of the sound borne on Spirit Waves.
It is given to those who love and trust Me to sense this approach.
So rejoice and be glad, for truly your redemption draweth nigh.
Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25
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