Scripture: Acts 16:25-26, Habakkuk 3:17-18

“Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name.” Psalm 100:4 (AMP)

Praise is the expression of admiration, approval, appreciation and love for someone. Praising God is not an option for us. It is a command that we must obey (Ps. 100:4). God requires praise from us not just for his own glory and enjoyment, but for our own good. Praising God in and out of season is the key to getting God to listen to our heart’s cry (Jer. 29:12-13).

Paul and Silas were imprisoned in the course of their ministry (Acts 16:16-24). Despite the humiliation and injuries they sustained during this time, they still had the courage to praise God (Acts 16:25). They praised because they knew the power available in praise. The bible tells us that God abides in the praise of his people (Ps. 22:3). Paul and Silas brought the presence of God into the jail with their praise. God can never be imprisoned, so all the shackles, handcuffs and barriers in the jail were broken because of his mighty presence (Acts 16:26). That is the power of praise.

Your situation should never define how you praise God (Hab. 3:17-18). Rather let your praise redefine your situation. Live a life of praise so that you can have a rich experience of God’s love and power every day. God has already blessed you, but your praise will ensure the manifestations of those blessings (Is. 25:1).

Lord, fill me with your praise everyday in Jesus name.

I live a life full of praise and joy every day.

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