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|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 26, 2018 at 3:10 PM|
Perhaps you are like me and the beauty of creation inspires you to praise the one true Creator. Or perhaps it is the lyrics of a song that says what was in your heart. Perhaps God’s love and grace shown in Scripture fills your heart with praise. Whatever the source of inspiration, there is certainly a place in the lives of all believers for the spiritual discipline of praising God. This is particularly true of the one who is breaking chains in their lives.
Praise helps us to stay focused on the One who is breaking the chains and His power and ability to do so. When we are going through things in life, it is easy to stay focused on the problems. Afterall, many problems in life are very time consuming. Problems sap our emotional energy and sometimes our physical energy and financial power too. I cannot blame anyone for falling into the natural tendency to focus in on what is wrong because what is wrong often demands so much of our attention. Praise helps us to stay balanced. It is a process that demands we consider the possibility of hope.
Praising God feels good. Much of chain breaking does not feel good. Chain breaking often means denying self, facing conflict, and making major changes. It is difficult work. That feeling of connection or satisfaction or just pure joy that accompanies praise can be an oasis in the desert providing the encouragement and nourishment necessary for the next leg of the journey.
Many times, a component of chain breaking is time management. Stick with me for a moment here. Let’s suppose someone is addicted to tobacco. They are chained to the nicotine. A great job comes along that does not allow for smoking breaks. Now their normal smoking break time is replaced, albeit by force, with productivity on their job. By managing the time, steps are being toward breaking the chain. So where does praise come in? If we spend our time, praising God it is time not spent stuck in unhealthy habits and thought patterns.
Another component of chain breaking is obedience. We don’t like that term too much anymore. We tend to think of ourselves as independent and free from rules and commands. Yet Scripture is clear that we need to praise God. Check out Psalm 150 for example:
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
It can’t get any more clear than that. If we want to be obedient, we need to praise God. This act of obedience can lead to others including those that will break chains.
Happy Chain Breaking.
Categories: Chain Breaking