Though the cherry trees don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, Though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted, Though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to God. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. (Habakkuk 3:17-18 MSG)
Are you going through hardships? Give Praise to God! Are you feeling like you have reached the end of the line and one more thing will cause the fall? Give Praise to God! There is power in praising God and throughout scripture we see the mystery and power of praise unveiled!
When the children of God praise Him, He immediately acts on their behalf. Praise provokes God into action. In scripture we see armies falling when God’s children praise! We see prison doors shaken and broken when God’s children ignore the pain and open their mouths and praise the God of the Angel Armies!
Have you planted and worms attacked your harvest leaving you in debt? Did you work and your remuneration never came? Have you built something expecting it to bring about a profit and it stands there like an empty monument with no production at all? The prophet Habakkuk was in that place before: the cherry trees didn’t blossom and the strawberries didn’t ripen. His harvest was stunted and everything was failing. Yet in all this, he sang joyful praises to God! It wasn’t easy, but in the difficulty he praised!
Even though there is every reason to complain and murmur all around you today: Give Him praise! Praise Him in the morning when you wake up, praise Him at noonday and praise Him in the evening! When there seem to be no reason to praise, there are many things you can praise Him for. Praise Him for the eyes that see that things are wrong! Praise Him for the mind that can still think. Praise Him for the nose that can still draw air into your lungs! There is just so much to praise Him for. When you praise, He will get into action on your behalf!
Are you sick today? Praise Him! Are you broke with no idea where the next meal is going to come from? Praise Him! God will respond to your praise, He is ready to do more for you.
I pray for you that as you go through that difficult situation that you start seeing a change of story coming into your life. I pray that your weeping ends and that joy comes soon in your life.
In my pain, loss, hardship and grief I choose to praise Him. I am turning in cartwheels of joyful praise to my Savior God. My breakthrough is imminent in Jesus’ name!
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