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April 13 Devotion: Praise Him!


Psalm 113:1-3 Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord .

[2] Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.

[3] From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.

Definition: Praise = 1. To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of personal worth or actions. 2. To extol in words or song; to magnify; to glorify on account of perfections or excellent works.

The word for (Praise), as used in (Psalm 113:3) means: to boast in, to applaud, to magnify, and glorify! King David once danced down the streets of Jerusalem in praise to what the LORD had done and his wife was totally embarrassed by it. David praised the Lord without restraint, with no worries of what anyone thought. He lifted up our Lord and let loose in the city streets and he had no regrets when he was finished. Praise is liberating when we allow it to jump up within us and release into outward expression in praise to our God! My friend, the greatest joys of my life have been when the Holy Spirit begins to stir down on the inside and I am really not sure what to do. Do I run? Do I shout or jump? I am so full of joy and gladness that I’m in HIS presence and feel HIM so near that praise for God just has to come out! Hallelujah! From the time the sun begins to rise from its slumbering state until it begins its journey back down, we are to praise the name of the LORD. Praise to our Lord is to be part of our entire day, from beginning to end. In fact, we are to start our day with praise for the Lord and we are to end it in praise for the Lord. Whatever happens within our day, praise can and should always follow.

Have you ever been in a crowd when something wonderful happened like a touchdown, a basket is made, there is a homerun with bases loaded, or it’s the end of a great show or play and you hear the crowd erupt with the loudest praise? It’s uplifting and encouraging to say the least and more than that, it’s contagious! When praise erupts, no complaints are heard, no plans are made, no phone calls are taken, no worries well up, anger subsides, dismal situations fade into the noise, and all is right with the world for that brief moment of celebration. Praise led the way going into many battles for the army of Israel! Praise is God’s timeless gift to HIS children whereby we can minister to HIM every day. Praise ministers to the heart of God because it recognizes who HE is! When is the last time you spilled over and your cup just overflowed with praise for God, uninhibited? Christian friend, praise releases us from our surroundings, because it silences the world.

Praise for God will remove obstacles, defeat the enemy, rebuke fear, silence unbelief, and send demons trembling! Start your day with praise for the Lord because HE’s worthy and as the sun is setting on your day, praise HIM just the same! When you don’t know what to do, praise HIM! When you don’t know what to say, praise HIM! When you don’t know how, when or why, praise HIM! Today, with all that is within you…PRAISE HIM!

Bro. Lawrence Longworth Isaiah 61:1 “the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”


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