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Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Power of Praise Before the Cross

The Easter season is a time calling for praise and rejoicing.

On Palm Sunday, excited followers shouted hosannas and cut down branches and flung them to make a royal path for the king. Consider this outpouring of PRAISE!

Many times, we do not praise God as we should, either within or outside the walls of the church; and surely His blessings extend beyond the walls.

Can there be much witness from a heart that feels no need to join with others in praise and song to God?

Imagine a funeral home tape of Amazing Grace played at half speed! Well, sometimes the people seem to be in a funeral mood and sing in the same way! Praise should be JOYFUL.

Let our praise have a foundation deeper than the fortunes of the moment.  Let us say, "Though the foundations of my life be shaken, though ten thousand devils encircle me, though I come to the Lord's house exhausted from temptation and sin, my heart is still lifted up; and my voice should be lifted up, by the thought of God's eternal love for us in Christ."  So we shall still be praising God, not for, but in the midst of, our troubles.

Join us in an expression of praise through prayer on Monday at 7am (EST) for the 15-Minute Prayer Blast!

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