Throughout the Bible, the Lord shows His power as being high above that of anything in the natural realm- because He created it all! The Lord works on earth through His people for their good and His glory, but if you don’t know how to enter the presence of God, you won’t experience the full measure of that power in your life.
Remember, your Adversary will put your faith to the test and he will press and he will push and he will poke until you break or God until breaks through. You’re not strong enough to withstand those assaults, but God is!
Your enemy knows the true power of praise and worship and he will do anything he can to prevent you from entering the presence of God.
That’s because even your enemy, the devil, knows the secret power of praise and worship is God’s presence!
He’ll try to get you to make choices from a place of fear or pain or by how you feel or to believe what you see in the natural – don’t fall for it!
The Power of the Presence of God
Praise and worship are how you enter the presence of God (Psalm 100:4), that “secret place” written of in Psalm 91. True worship is God-centered and is a private, personal experience between you and the Lord. As you set aside time to privately praise and worship the Lord, the power of God begins to grow from within you, growing your faith first, and then outward, through you, into your situation.
The more time you spend in the presence of God in praise and worship, the more you remove your mind from yourself and your situations and you remind yourself of who God is. As you fix your eyes on Jesus, fix your thoughts and fix your heart on Him in praise, your spirit becomes stronger. How?
- “…the Lord dwells within the praises of His people…” (Psalm 22:3)
- “…in the presence of God is fullness of joy…” (Psalm 16:11)
- “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
Remember: Your victory will always start inside of you before you see it outside of you.
There is a unique anointing upon praise and worship that are distinct from reading the Word of God and from prayer (which are each uniquely powerful as well). However, you won’t always want to enter into the presence of God through praise and worship, because you will have to sacrifice yourself to do it.
How to Enter the Secret Place of God’s Presence
One of the most important ways you can enter into the secret place of God is through remembering His mighty acts in your life. (Psalm 105:5) The names of God reveal His character and help you recall what He has done for you.
Asaph wrote, “…We give thanks to You, O God; we give thanks, for Your name is near. We recount Your wondrous deeds…” (Psalm 75:1 ESV)
You hold within yourself testimonies of His faithfulness to you from your own life. Even if things are hard right now, do what David did when things were hard for him – get into the presence of God through praise:
“…so I will bless You as long as I live; in Your name I will lift up my hands… I remember You upon my bed, and meditate on You in the watches of the night; for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy….” (Psalm 63:5-7 ESV)
Remembering what God has done for you and thanking Him for those things – even if they’re small – are how you enter into His presence. (Psalm 100:4) Gratitude is the point of origin for praise and your faith cannot exist without the vital connection to the Lord that comes from ministry to Him.
Thought for Today: Praise Invites the Presence of God
One of the most powerful ways you can enter into the secret place of God is to worship Him when you don’t want to – when you are afraid, when you are exhausted, when you are overwhelmed, when you are angry. Worship and praise are a willing sacrifice and the “living sacrifice” God desires is you.
As you minister to the Lord in your praise and worship, you will find that you have the supernatural joy that gives you strength to survive and not be moved because God cannot be moved! Remember, “…in His presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11) and the joy of the Lord will make you strong. (Nehemiah 8:10)
The presence of God protects, provides, empowers, proves His Word and as you close in alone with Him daily in your personal praise you’ll see more and more that His promises are true.
- Praise and worship should remove your mind and heart from yourself
- Praise and worship should direct your mind and heart onto the Lord
“For the mountains may be removed, and the hills may shake, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord who has mercy on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)
Whatever life throws at you WORSHIP THE LORD because, “…The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the earth.” (Psalm 97:5)
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