What prevents praise?
Sin whatever the sin is: repent and confess and ask the Lord to cleanse you
Self Abasing pride prevents praise: renew your mind in the Word
Problems our focus on problems rather than Jesus prevents praise: renew your mind in the Word
Wrong Concept of God our wrong concept prevents praise: Jesus=God=Jesus: renew your mind in the Word
Fear opinion of others rather than what God thinks, rejection, ridicule prevents praise: renew your mind in the Word
Prayer is always appropriate. We are so blessed to have a Father that we can come to with ANYTHING. Try taking those things mentioned above; sin, self abasing, problems, wrong concepts of God and fear directly to Him who is able!
Praise puts God between you and your circumstances!! Praise involves a choice, an act of our will. Think of a cross. The vertical piece represents God's Word and His will. The horizontal piece represents our will. Our will appeals to our intellect, reasoning and our flesh. We need to surrender our will to Jesus. Surrender daily, probably or even more often that that!
Yielding our will becomes a sacrifice of worship and we are free to praise!
[ To the Chief Musician. To the tune of "Death of the Son." A Psalm of David. ] I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart;I will tell of all Your marvelous works. (NKJV)
I will be glad and rejoice in You;I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. (NKJV)
I will freely sacrifice to You;I will praise Your name, O LORD, for it is good. (NKLV)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me to get ME out of the way so I can freely and clearly praise and worship You. You alone are worthy and You alone are able to keep this captive captivated only by You! AMEN
This was written in January 2010 partially from notes taken by Marijo Phelps in May of 1980 Virginia Parks speaker Women's Aglow Fellowship in Modesto California.
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