DO THE RIGHT THING! (Boot Camp for Creators & Dreamers #11.2)

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Yesterday: Praising and worshipping God “clears the air” and creates an inviting spiritual atmosphere for the Creator, which brings several benefits including peace, joy and emotional comfort.  

Here are a few more reasons why praising God is the right thing to do.

  • Praise opens the door to blessings: “Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!” (Psalm 84:4 ESV)
  • Praise reinforces Hope: “I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.” (Psalm 71:14 ESV) Exactly what we need in order to stay the course!
  • It’s the right thing to do! “…Praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.” (Daniel 4:37 NIV)

For these reasons, and others, the Apostle Paul admonishes us, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15 NKJV) But sticking with this important spiritual practice isn’t always easy because, let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t feel like praising God! Actually, when things aren’t exactly going our way, it’s downright HARD! But read Paul’s verse again. Note that he likens the practice to offering a sacrifice.

The word sacrifice means “to surrender” something of value for the sake of “a higher or more pressing claim.” Making a personal sacrifice is never easy, but it IS a choice we must often make. Similarly, committing ourselves to continually praise God — despite our circumstances, and especially when facing problems — is something we must CHOOSE to do.

It’s a real test of our faith to give God our praises, even when we feel as though we’ve stalled in the pursuit of the vision; even when the fulfillment of our hopes and dreams seems light years away (and perhaps impossible to reach) — and even when we feel abandoned, forgotten, and alone.

Job felt this way. He suffered a tremendous loss — everything he loved in life — and yet, in the midst of his pain, grief, and despair, he cried out to his God: “Even if he slays me, I will hope in him.” (Job 13:15 NET Bible) This Biblical icon never stopped trusting and praising God.

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; …even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” (Habakkuk 3:17-18 NLT)

Modern application? Even when we just don’t get it, we still praise Him — every single day, rain or shine. “Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.” (Psalm 145:2 NIV) Even when things go wrong,
remember: “But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, ‘You are my God.’
My times are in Your hand”
(Psalm 31:14-15 NASB)

Start implementing the secret weapon of praise. Discipline yourself to worship God throughout the day — everyday! Our declarations of praise and worship are pleasing to God, like a sweet aroma (2 Corinthians 2:14); but we get all the spiritual benefits! To quote Houston pastor and author Joel Osteen, “You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.

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VERBAL AIR FRESHENER (Boot Camp for Creators & Dreamers #11)

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 Implement Praise

Now that we’ve discussed how NOT to use our words — by making false, negative, pessimistic, critical, and cruel comments — let’s cover the most positive, fruitful, and constructive use of human speech. It’s the secret weapon of all people of faith, but of dreamers and creators especially. It’s the supernatural practice of praising and worshipping God.

By “praising and worshipping” God we mean: glorifying or exalting Him in word or song; giving thanks; honoring and adoring; and reverencing God. We describe the practice as “super-natural” for several reasons. Here are a few of the BIG ones:

  • Praise “clears the air.” Previously we described “words of death” as
    Your NEGATIVITY is choking our CREATIVITY!

    spiritual air pollution. It’s toxic, and certainly not conducive to dreams and creativity. Praise puts our focus on the goodness of God — not on our problems. Hence, it has a refreshing, cleansing affect, for both the speaker and those who hear. “Because Your gracious love is better than life itself, my lips will praise You.” (Psalm 66:3 ISV)

When you find yourself whining about a missed opportunity or an unfair situation; complaining about a neighbor or a coworker; or griping about the traffic or long lines at the checkout, start praising God — instead of grumbling. As a result, you’ll begin to feel better almost immediately. Why? Because …

  • Praise creates an inviting spiritual environment that’s attracts and welcomes the Creator of the Universe. In fact, the Biblical King David wrote that God inhabits (or dwells in) the praises of His people. (Psalm 22:3) Having the “full-strength” presence of God that close has several benefits:

•  Joy:  “…In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11 ESV)

•  Comfort:  “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. …Let him sing praise.” (James 5:13 ESV)

•  Strength:  “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”

•  Encouragement (and relief from depression):  “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (Psalm 42:11 KJB)

•  Peace:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. …The Lord is at hand [present]; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7 ESV)

•  Perspective:  “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” (Psalm 63:3 ESV)

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR PART 2: DO THE RIGHT THING

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