A while ago I discovered that Christian music was my favorite kind of music. To me there was nothing more beautiful than songs praising the Lord. It is the music I listen to the most and I am not saying that everyone should ditch all the other genres of music but Christian music is what I enjoy the most. I had a pretty amazing experience with it over 15 years ago and it has been a joy ever since. I did have a long season in the wilderness after that but I left that desert 6 years ago. Now I spend time in a lavish place where the joy of the Lord abounds and His peace resides. I reach that place through praise and worship. The Bible tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people and I can testify to that. He is in the praises and His presence is intensified when I praise. I have been doing it for a while now so every time I get into praise mode it takes no time for me to be transported into that place where the Lord is so present. It is like Heaven collides with earth and I am in the “God zone.” Do you ever visit the God zone? Do you spend time there? Do you carry it with you? Soaking in the Lord’s presence has the beautiful benefit of staying with us for some time. Soaking leads to wrapping. We get wrapped in the presence. You can tell when someone has spent time with the Lord. You see it in what they say, how they behave, how they act, how they smile and how they face life. It’s that powerful presence that affects our lives positively. We can’t spend time with God and not be transformed. Today I am inviting to spend time in praise. If you are facing some hardships or even if you are having the time of your life, make it a habit to praise the Lord every day. Praising is like helping yourself to a slice of Heaven. Do it today. Help yourself to a slice of Heaven and let Heaven impact your day.
I found out that praising God before entering prayer was allowing me to feel the heartbeat of the Lord and to enter His gates in a big day. Praise gets you inside the Lord’s presence through the big door. It gets you in with joy. It gets you in and keeps you there if you hold on to it. The first time I praised in the privacy of my bedroom, nothing spectacular happened but I knew I was doing the right thing. I wasn’t looking for some thrilling times but just some adoration time. I believe that is what set things in motion. My heart’s desire was to praise the Lord. I didn’t have much at the time and I wasn’t sure what the future was going to bring but I had Jesus. I thought to myself that I’d better praise Him because He had gotten me this far and I might never get far in life but at least I had made it to this point and I was satisfied. I was content but spending time in praise opened my mind. It opened my mind to possibilities. It seemed that the Lord always descended and met me when I praised. It was my secret place. It was overwhelmingly wonderful and I couldn’t understand how I had lived my life without it daily. You see, I had always pictured praise as being part of church on Sunday and not as an everyday habit. However, the Bible tells us to praise the Lord all the time. When we do, Heaven becomes more real and our hearts are changed.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a slice of Heaven every day? To have the reassurance that God is in control and that He will never leave us nor forsake us? Praise and worship do that for us. They get us closer to the heart of God. They reveal Him to us in ways that nothing else can. When Paul was persecuted and he was in jail, he sang praises to the Lord and the jail doors flung wide open. Praise and worship create miracles because the Lord is in them. They also give us hope and peace. They are a powerful way for us to find balance in our hearts and to tap into the joy of the Lord. Start praising at your house. It might feel uncomfortable at first but keep at it. Don’t give up. It makes the Lord happy and it will fill you with His joy and His love. If we praised more, we would complain less. If we praised more, we would worry less. If we praised more, we would understand the Lord better. If we praised more, we would collide with Heaven more often. Help yourself to a slice of Heaven every single day!
Suggested reading: Isaiah 25:1; Luke 2:20; Acts 16:25