Rejoice and Again I say Rejoice!

And, Again I Say Rejoice!

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God loves to dwell in the praises of His people. And, I know it’s easy to praise The Lord when all is right in our world, but in light of problems or even a bad day, it’s even more important to remain in a praiseworthy mood.

First off, it keeps us hopeful and it makes the day go by better. Our praises also increases our faith in God. He loves to hear us remain thankful especially in the midst of chaos. And, looking around our world can challenge our ability to be happy.

I’ve had my struggles to praise God when things weren’t going good. I know what the Bible says, I do pray and I know in my own head how I should feel and yet I’ve caught myself on the one hand thankful and on the other complaining.

It hurts God when I’m this way, because if I say I believe in God and I’ve decided to rely on Him, then I should not be constantly carrying weights! Most of the time I can’t control the situation and that’s why I prayed in the first place, right?!

I’ve heard the saying, “you can praise your way out of trouble” many times. Whatever is going on in you and around you may not change right away…it may not change for a long time, but your attitude can play a huge part in how you are as you’re going through it. And, if you let go and lift your hands towards Heaven and worship The Lord, it helps to let go of the burden because Jesus knows how to better carry our worries.

When we stand our ground and firmly hold God’s hand, we change. The problems that circles us won’t control us. They won’t have the bearing on our life that it once did simply because we choose to praise God and thank Him for who He is rather than complain, murmur, or have a pity party.

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I know it’s not easy to do, but you gotta start somewhere. What works for me is saying an encouraging verse out loud and maybe several times or I will sing a worship song which always lifts my spirits. Once I begin to worship The Lord, I forget about what I’m dealing with. It’s like being in a safe place where no one can come in and hurt me.

Praise and Worship together takes us to a place where God resides and it’s like a covering which protects us from any outside influences that would hurt us.

Think about how we handle leftover food. We don’t put it in the refrigerator any old way…we take it out of the dish it was cooked in and place in a container or cover it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Why? Because, we want to protect the food from going bad so that it can be enjoyed later.

When we choose to worship The Lord no matter what, He is able to protect our mind and heart from any pessimism that would try to enter in our thoughts. I saw this quote on Facebook and I think it’s perfect to wrap up this post!

“Don’t overlook the power of praise! “When you pray, you come into God’s presence. When you praise, He comes into your presence.” – Kenneth Copeland

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Beautiful Food Photography" and sells her handmade greeting cards and vintage art printables on Etsy.