23 October, 2019

Open Heaven for Today 23 October 2019 Wednesday – Praise Him

Open Heaven for Today 23 October 2019: [Wednesday] – Praise Him

PRAISE HIM – Wednesday October 23rd 2019

Memorise: Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. Psalm 106:1
Read: 2nd Chronicles 20:19-22 (KJV)
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth forever.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
Open Heaven for Today 23 October 2019 Wednesday – Praise Him
Open Heaven for Today 23 October 2019 Wednesday – Praise Him
Bible in one year: 2nd Chronicles 26-28, Revelation 17:15-18:13, Hymn: Sing hymn 14
Message:-
God’s children have so much to praise Him for. That you are alive today and able to read this devotional is a good enough reason to praise Him. 

Open Heaven for Today 23 October 2019 Wednesday – Praise Him

I believe most Christians know that there is power in praising God. Some have even experienced great miracles as a result. I am therefore surprised that some of us still find it hard to praise God as often as we should. One reason for this may be our preoccupation with meeting life’s daily demands. Sometimes, these demands occupy our time so much that we forget to praise God. We must be like David who made a firm commitment to never forget God’s benefits in his life. In Psalm 103:1-2, he said:

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:”

Endeavour to emulate this good attribute that David had, even if it means setting reminders on your phone or putting up reminder notes on your walls at home. Make up your mind to offer praises to God on a daily basis, irrespective of the situation you are passing through or how you feel. In all you do, never forget to praise God.

When we praise God, it shifts the focus of our mind away from ourselves and our reality to God and His infinite possibilities, and when our focus is on God rather than our situation, we will begin to see how great God is compared to the size of our problems. Also, when we praise God in spite of how we feel or what we are going through, we declare our dependency on Him and acknowledge that we are not in control of our lives. As a result, we receive peace and straight in place of worries and burdens.

Open Heaven for Today 23 October 2019 Wednesday: Key Point

One great benefit of praising God is that it causes our enemies to scatter. 2nd Chronicles 20:22 says:

“And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”

The verse describes what happened when three big nations connived to battle against Judah, knowing that they had just a small army. Considering their numerical disadvantage, Judah would have lost the battle woefully. However, God turned the situation around in their favour when they praised Him. Do you have enemies bigger than you? Activate the power of praise today and see them destroyed for your sake. The fact is, when we refuse to praise God, we short-change ourselves and prolong our problems. Therefore, let praising God become your lifestyle from today.  
Key Point
Praising God helps us to focus on His ability and opens the door of possibilities to us.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.

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