Praise Foundations

The Importance of Worshipping God When Life is Hard

“…Job stood up, tore his robe, and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshipped.” ~ Job 1:20

On your worst day, when nothing in you feels like worshipping God- that is when worship is the single, most important and spiritually powerful thing you must do. That is when worship becomes truly life-changing, but the changes you’ll see will be within you, first, before you see them around you. Developing a lifestyle of praise will create a natural response in your spirit to worship the Lord when life is hard, or good or bad or confusing- in all circumstances.

The supernatural power of praise is, first, it keeps you connected to the vital, living Spirit of God. But also, praise and worship are God-centered. So, as you remove your mind off of the trials and tribulations you’re walking through, your spirit and mind become more aligned with the Lord’s.

Just because life has become unbearable doesn’t mean that God isn’t good. God is always good, no matter how bad life has become. When life gets hard, shocking, traumatic, painful, confusing and bad, worship a good God! The transformative power of God is invited into your situation as you enter into His gates with thanksgiving in your heart. Does that mean you have to “give thanks” to God for all the ugliness? Of course not! It’s important to worship the Lord to thank Him as an act of faith– before the breakthrough because your praise proves that the promise is true!

is always faithful to His Word, no matter what. When the worst has happened, worship. Fall down, scream and cry out to God, pour out your heart, tear your robes. Job, who experienced the worst pain imaginable any heart can endure, did the same thing. And then- worship. There is blessing in that obedience, that slaying of your flesh. “In blessing, I will bless you,” the Lord says, in Genesis 22:17. It’s a promise. That word “blessing” is the Hebrew worship word, barak, which means to knee before the king in submission and reverence. As you submit yourself in worship, with the sole purpose to bless God, He will pour out His bless upon you in return. But you need to go first. That is the essence of faith.

Worshipping God Wins the War of Worry

The aftermath of what you’re walking through will unfold over time, so you must continue to minister to the Lord in worship. Don’t stop.

Jesus and His disciples worshipped together before He departed from the Last Supper. (Matthew 26:30) And then He left to face the most unimaginable abuse, pain and suffering and then death. The aftermath of what you’re walking through will unfold over time, so you must continue to minister to the Lord in worship. Don’t stop. Prioritize it. Move your life around in order to worship in your darkest moments. You will need the Lord’s hand on you more than ever in the darkness and worship is what will keep you connected to His Spirit. Fix your eyes on Jesus, He will get you through, but how can His presence change things for you if you’re not in His presence?

Thought for today: Praise Shows Your Faith in God’s Power

The Word of God is full of His promises and He honors His Word even above His own name. (Psalm 138:2) “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” (Psalm 18:28) When you worship in spirit and truth, using the truth of the Word to inspire and empower your worship, the Lord honors His promises. In His presence is everything you need. Does it hurt? Ache? Are you in a confusing season, or are you crying out for relief from the pain? This is when worship has the most profound power in the life of a believer. Whatever you’re holding onto, let go and open your hands in praise. Grab on to His presence in your worship and don’t let go!

Build Up Your Faith as You Worship God Through the Storm

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