There is Power in Praising God
Praising God Through the Fires and the Storms
by Joanne Troppello
Let us ever remember that God recognizes every expression of praise and of His people's love. He knows so well what His love and grace are to us that He must expect us to praise Him. – G.V. Wigram
One of my favorite nonfiction books is The Prayer That Changes Everything: The Hidden Power of Praising God by Stormie Omartian. I’ve read this book several times and have highlighted sections of text and written notes in the margins. It’s an excellent book and I highly recommend that you read it; especially if you have been struggling with praising God through the fires and storms in this life.
I’ve been a Christian for a long time and have struggled with praising God through it all and fully understanding the power in praising God. However, as I’ve grown in the Lord—and have studied the scriptures mentioned in Ms. Omartian’s book, I have grown as a “praiser”. Ok, so maybe praiser isn’t an actual word, but you get the idea—that I’ve grown in my walk in the Lord because of actively praising and worshiping Him.
Reasons to Praise God
In Ms. Omartian’s book, she includes a comprehensive listing of reasons why we should praise God. Some of those include:
He is good (I Chronicles 16:34)
He is powerful (I Corinthians 1:24)
He is excellent (Psalm 8:1)
He is love (I John 4:16)
He is my fortress (Psalm 18:2)
He is my healer (Malachi 4:2)
He is my shield (Psalm 33:20)
He is my sovereign Lord (II Samuel 7:28)
Those are excellent reasons to praise God because He is omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerful), and omnipresent (present everywhere). Praising God opens our hearts to focus on God—who He is and what He represents in our lives—and not on our problems which can overwhelm us.
Praising Through the Storms
Many times, I have been reminded of the story of Job where Satan asked God for permission to test Job and God allowed the testing. Job lost everything he had, including his family, yet he continued to praise God.
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation,for a hypocrite could not come before Him. Listen carefully to my speech, and to my declaration with your ears. See now, I have prepared my case, I know that I shall be vindicated. – Job 13:15-18 (NKJV)
In this passage from Job chapter 13, the first part of verse 15 stands out to me and has always resonated with my heart—especially as someone who has endured long treks through the desert times in life. Not because of spiritual droughts but trying circumstances in life. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”
A few weeks ago, my husband and I were having a conversation about some difficulties we were experiencing, and I said that even if God never answered another prayer in my life, I would still serve Him and continue to praise Him. I meant every word of that statement.
Now, years ago when I first got saved, I doubt I’d have been able to make such a statement. However, after being saved for so long and growing in my spiritual walk, I was able to say those words.
I’ve learned the lesson that we can either allow circumstances in life to make us bitter or we can allow God to mold us into better versions of ourselves through it all.
I don’t want to become bitter. I want to become better. What about you?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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