Updated: Nov 5, 2020
Do you feel discouraged? Have you been feeling beaten down? Do you sense you've strayed from the path of righteousness? Perhaps the evil one has formed a weapon against you?
Do you need the Lord?
We say, "Yes, Lord! How we need You! There is no salvation in man. There is no hope in our own endeavors. But we do know there is everything we need in Jesus Christ! For that we praise You!" Psalm 89
We call out to Jesus for salvation and hear this from Psalm 22:3: "The Lord inhabits the praises of His people." Hallelujah!
As we shout out the goodness, the mercies, the faithfulness of our Lord, that He's got His eyes on us, He looks down and descends to us to dwell! In our desperation, as we raise our hallelujah to Him, He so graciously tabernacles with us.
When the Lord dwells with us - we who are more precious to Him than the sparrow, the miraculous happens. His Spirit begins to heal us and our singing hearts break forth!
The Lord brings salvation. He forgives our sins and heals our diseases (Psalm 103). He restores our soul. He guides us in paths of righteousness for His name's sake (Psalm 23).
When the attacks of discouragement try to corner us, we raise a hallelujah. When our enemies pursue us, we raise a hallelujah! When the Lord brings salvation to the broken-hearted, we raise a hallelujah! That is what we must do in victory!
Praising the Lord is our weapon!
In Psalm 81 Asaph is bold from the start. He tells Israel to "Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre. This is a decree for Israel, and ordinance of the God of Jacob. When God went out against Egypt, he established it as a statute for Joseph."
What a command that was specifically given by the Lord through Psalm 81 one Thanksgiving rehearsal and then again one Easter rehearsal. The Lord chose those exact days to say to his people, "Begin the music! Sing for joy unto me, your God!"
We did just that and what blessings were poured out that Thanksgiving and Easter Sunday. On another Sunday, all the kids led God's people in raising a hallelujah to the Lord. That day, they established a stronghold against the enemy just as Psalm 8 decrees. Our Lord is good and at work! We Raise Our Hallelujahs! Yes, Lord, no matter what comes! We sit not in discouragement but in thankfulness and praise!
Lord Jesus, you have been so, so good to us! We deserve your condemnation, but you instead have dressed us in garments of praise! You have given us clean garments, washed in your blood. We thank you for lifting us out of our miry pits and for putting songs of praise in our mouths. We bless You and adore You.
When the new day dawns, we will raise a hallelujah to You, Lord.
When the evening fades, we raise a hallelujah to You, O Lord.
Thank you for bringing us to the majestic Threshold of Glory where You dwell and the River of Life flows to heal and restore us. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen & Hallelujah!
If you desire to know more about trusting Jesus with your life, there are further testimonies and resources at www.TrustInJesusMinistries.com.
In John 14 Jesus says, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. I am the way, the truth and the life!"