Praise

How often does our concern for the big things take us away from the little ones?

God is interested in hearing us give him thanks. Opening up our mouths and telling of his beauty. Speaking highly of him, his character, what he’s done and what he’ll do. We don’t do it enough. I don’t. There is a powerful thing happening in the ‘air’ when we praise God with our voices.

12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

I wonder if there’s a reason why we’re more comfortable with being quiet in this regard. I’m increasingly convinced of the reality that there is something going on beyond the physical realm, of which the eye cannot see. Paul says that we fight “against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). These forces are working hard to keep us quiet.

More on this to come.