Give Your Praise an Assignment
By Patricia Thomas
As individuals, including Christians, we go through many challenges. These challenges stem from many issues such as family, church, problems on the job, health, etc. Sometimes these very challenges inhibit our praises. The enemy loves when we do not praise the Lord. However, the word of God says “I will bless the Lord at ALL times, His PRAISE shall continually be in my mouth” Psalm 34:1. Meaning, our circumstances should not dictate our praise.
When we were in school, assignments were a necessary part of the learning process. Every assignment was designed to increase our knowledge on our journey to success. So, assignments are necessary to a student’s growth process. As Christians, praise assignments are necessary for our spiritual growth and development. Our ability to praise God in spite of trials is a testimony of our faith in God. We have all heard the saying, “when the praises go up, the blessings come down”. That means that there is power in our praises to impact the supernatural.
Today, I would like to challenge each person to give your praise an assignment. What assignment will you give your praise? Is the assignment for your family to be reunited? Is the assignment for a health challenges? In 2 Chronicles, Jehoshaphat knew that the enemies were upon him, and he called on the Lord for protection. He offered up praises to Almighty God in the midst of the warfare. Jehoshaphat gave praise the assignment, and His praise summoned heaven to answer his cry for help. Jehoshaphat ushered up praises and his enemy was defeated. His praise allowed him to see the power of God manifested in the natural.
When we praise we are giving adoration to the Lord, God Almighty! In honoring Him, power must be released from our praise. We may not feel like it, but there is power in our praise. A ‘wave praise’ can wipe away worries! Lifting your voices praise can cause chains to be broken! A ‘dance praise’ can cancel depression and suicide! Praise takes you from the world, and reroute our focus to the things of God.
The level of power in praise is enough to change the atmosphere. When we open our mouths and praise, it will do far more for us than worrying. Praise takes us from the natural into the realm of the spirit where there is no human limitation. In honoring God, power must be released in our praise. “And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long” (Psalm 35:28).
I challenge each person reading this to make your praise a priority. When praise is positioned at the front, the Lord will clear the way… send Judah first!