Entering God’s Presence Through Praise
What is praise? It is adoration, thanksgiving, appreciation, and worship of our Lord and Savior. Praise flows from a relationship of love and devotion from us to the Lord. Praise brings us closer to Him.
It changes us and helps us grow in our faith. Praise reminds us of who God is. A life filled with praise places us in a position to receive God’s blessings.
C.S. Lewis said, “Only in acts of worship and praise can a person learn to believe in the goodness and the greatness of God. God wants us to praise Him not because He needs or craves in any sense our flattery, but because He knows that praise creates joy and thankfulness.”
Praise is not something that we do for God. Nor is it something that we do in order to get God’s approval so that He will grant our desires. When we praise God, we are changed — even if our circumstances are not. While God is present everywhere, all the time, He is present in a special way when His people praise Him.
Words are the expressions of our hearts. The Bible says, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).
What happens to the person who continually complains about the problems and challenges of life? If he only focuses on those things, he will lose sight of his eternal destiny. He may become pessimistic, even depressed.
We all have tiring days, minor setbacks, and unexpected expenses. As believers, we can choose to find strength by praising God rather than sinking into despair.
Regardless of our problems or difficulties, when we praise God, our focus shifts. We become aware, once again, of who He is and His love for us. Why wait? Praise God now and experience His power, which is capable of handling anything you might face.
Prayer: You are so good, God. Your hope never disappoints (Romans 5:5). Thank you that, as I set my attention on who You are, You renew my mind and transform my heart. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“You are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel” (Psalm 22:3).
Learn to Live a Life of True Worship
DR. MICHAEL YOUSSEF
Dr. Michael Youssef was born in Egypt and lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States and fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and Fuller Theological Seminary in California, with a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission to “Equip the Saints and Seek the Lost.” The church has since grown to a congregation of over 3000. This church on a hill was the launching pad for Leading The Way’s international ministry.
Leading The Way claims Dr. Youssef as the ministry’s number one volunteer. He receives no compensation for his time, nor does he receive royalties from the sale of any of the resource materials he produces. Dr. Youssef has authored more than 30 books, including popular titles like Jesus, Jihad and Peace and When The Crosses Are Gone. He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and eight grandchildren.