Tuesday, September 3rd
By: Elaine Porteous
Several years after I came to faith in Christ there were many books written about praising God in all circumstances. This was very confusing to me. My earlier years as a believer were difficult and I wanted to be honest before God. I felt I was being dishonest when I would try to praise Him for the struggles I was having. I was not going to pray for something I didn’t mean. There were many things I was enjoying and discovering about God during this journey, so I was focused on those things.
I was raised to believe who Christ was and there would be a time when I would come face to face with the decision to put my life in His hands. It is a very different thing when that time of decision comes. I was struggling. In God’s great faithfulness He would not let me go. It is a very different thing to know about Christ and then begin to walk with Him and come to know Him personally. How I wish I had done it sooner.
As I continued my walk I was still frustrated about the thought of praising Him in my difficult times. Then one day I read Hebrews 13:15-16 about offering a sacrifice of praise. I thought I could do that. Then several years later I read a book “ The Prayer that Changes Everything”. It talked about the hidden power of praising God. It was wonderful to finally understand and come before Him with my hurts, fears, and anything the enemy would use to take my eyes off my Heavenly Father. “When you praise God in the face of anxiety, fear, and discouragement, you opened up the channels which God’s peace, love and encouragement flow to.” That is the hidden power of praise.
As I write this devotional, I am reflecting back to God’s faithfulness to me. His patience over the years in order to bring me to this place. I ask myself the question: “What is different now?”
When I come to a difficult place and I realize that only God can handle this situation correctly, I am able to put my trust in Him and let Him walk me through to a place of peace.
Psalm 62 says: My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress. I will not be shaken.