Grow Yourself Up
Scripture Reading: Psalm 47:1-9
Key Verse: Psalm 47:6
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
Another slice of learning to grow ourselves up in the Lord is learning the art of praise. Psalm 47 is all about singing praise, clapping hands, and cries of joy! David found strength and encouragement in his own words of praise to his God!
I think this secret of praise can be explained better in the negative. In other words, we all realize that if we are constantly telling family and friends about a hurtful circumstance in our lives, these conversations serve to continually remind and reignite the emotions felt in that hurt. As we tell the story over and over it probably gets more intense and graphic. Possibly, on the sixth or seventh version of the story, we may unintentionally add more details of that hurt than really happened. The truth is: people can relive a hurtful experience for years. They keep it alive by continually telling it over and over!
If that above paragraph is true, isn’t it also true that our hearts could be made more joy-filled by praising God repeatedly? Even when I really don’t emotionally feel great joy, isn’t it possible that the praise of my lips will change the mood of my mind? I believe that is exactly what happens to those who develop the practice of praise. This practice of praise will be a key ingredient in your ability to grow yourself up in the Lord. Those who allow their moods to rule their day will remain stuck in immaturity.
Father, how awesome you are! You are the King of all the earth, and thus of my world! You reign over all the nations. I invite you to reign over me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.