THE POWER OF PRAISE

MAY 31|MONDAY
BIBLE READING|ACTS 16:22-30.

Praise is powerful! When Scottish Pastor Robert Murray McCheyne was troubled with a coldness of heart towards the things of the Lord, he would sing the praises of God until he felt revived in His spirit. Those in his household were often able to tell what hour he awoke because he began with a Psalm of praise.

One day, while he was trying to prepare his heart for preaching, he wrote in his journal: “is it the desire of my heart to be made altogether holy? …Lord, you know all things…I’ve felt so much deadness and grief that I cannot grieve for this deadness. Toward evening I was revived. Got a calm spirit through {singing Psalms} and prayers.” McCheyne had been uplifted by praising God.

Perhaps you feel as if you are mired in what John Bunyan called “slough of despond,” lift a song of praise to the Lord. The Psalmist said, ‘I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever” – Psalms 89:1. When we do that, praise will flow not only from our lips, but also from our heart. The Lord delights to give “the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” – Isaiah 61:3.

Paul and Silas in our bible reading of today turned to prayer and praises and the prison foundation was shaken and they were delivered! – vs. 25. You can do like Paul and Silas today – cast away your burden, forget your pain and sorrow, and see God shake the foundation of your circumstance.

PRAYER: Father let your praises ever flow from my heart and mouth daily and always.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR |2 CHRONICLES 13-14 & JOHN 12:1-26

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *