I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; The humble and downtrodden will hear it and rejoice. Psalm 34:1-2
The hardhearted king Pharaoh had God’s people in bondage in Egypt. Despite their circumstances, however, the people never lost sight of their God. They cried out to Him, and He heard them and sent a deliverer named Moses to negotiate with Pharaoh for their release, and to reassure them that their God heard their cry.
When they understood this, the people bowed their faces to the ground and worshipped God.
Things, however, did not happen the way they expected. Pharaoh refused to let God’s people go. In fact, he made life harder for them. In their disappointment, the people turned against Moses.
What is your attitude when you expect God to come through, but instead things get harder? What do you do when your circumstances become unbearable, and all hope is gone?
May I recommend that you learn how to lift your hands and praise God right through your circumstances.
Paul and Silas did that in Acts 16:25-34.
At about midnight, they began to pray and sing “hymns of praise to God”. Do you know where they were? They were shackled in a cold dark dungeon, bruised and battered from an earlier beating.
Despite their pain and bondage, they praised their God. They pushed pass their circumstances.….. and God moved. The foundation of the prison shook, the doors flew open and everyone’s shackles came loose!! Their praises caused all of that to happen. Your praise can cause other people’s shackles to fall off, especially when you choose to praise God through your own pain.
Praise God in every situation. Do it with confidence. Listen, when God says it is time to come out of Egypt, Pharaoh cannot keep you there. God will shake the very ground to move you. So, do not let the shackles stop you from dancing and praising your God. They are about to fall off. Push!!
May the humble prayer of Habakkuk 3:17-18 AMP be our prayer today:
Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines. Though the yield of the olive fails and the fields produce no food, Though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, 18 Yet I will [choose to] rejoice in the LORD; I will [choose to] shout in exultation in the [victorious] God of my salvation!