"Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord." Psalm 89:15
Start the day with praise! If you use a smart phone as your alarm in the morning, set an upbeat worship song as your alarm. We like My Lighthouse by Rend Collective or Today is the Day by Paul Baloche.
When the clouds of disappointment, heartache, and circumstances roll in to darken our day, what do we do?
Whine and complain? Doubt and worry? Question God?
This verse from the psalmist assures us: praise keeps us in the Light!
Therefore, would the opposite be true? Does our lack of praise cause darkness to linger? Or do we still raise our hands in praise and worship when in painful despair? Do we still fall on our knees in the presence of the Lord when in a heart-wrenching trial?
When the stream of joy dries up and disappears, we ought to follow Paul’s command to the Philippian church to rejoice. Rejoicing unlocks the dam built by negative thoughts, words, and circumstances, and rivers of living water will flow.
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." Philippians 4:4
Sing any tune, make up any words, but praise your Beloved. Praise the One Who is the Light of the world. The Light of your world.
In your darkness, He is your light! Raise your hands in praise and keep the Light on!
Lord, I desire to see more of Your Light and to be that Light to those around me. May I always have my hands raised in praise. Amen.