Praying From the Pits
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
Does that work nowadays? The Psalms are 3,000 years old—do they still work?
In Psalm 113 I want to show you how to praise the Lord even through the pain. Now I don't know what pain you are going through. You might be going through family pain, or social pain, or physical pain, emotional pain. You might be going through financial pain. You can sing through the pain if you get these words.
Psalm 113:1-2 "Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, Praise the name of the LORD! Blessed be the name of the LORD From this time forth and forevermore!"
1. Pray and Praise Consistently
Do you know how to praise the Lord through pain? Praise Him when you are not in pain. Praise Him when things are going well. Praise Him right now before the pain starts and you will be able to praise Him always.
2. Pray and Praise Systematically
Again in this Psalm note another truth.
Psalm 113:3a "From the rising of the sun to its going down "
Don't just praise Him sporadically, praise Him not only right now and all the time but praise Him through out the day. Don't compartmentalize your life. Don't say my life belongs to the company I work for and God gets Sunday. Praise Him from the rising of the sun to it's going down. So not only now and always, but all day long.
3. Pray and Praise Reverently
Psalm 113:3b "The LORD's name is to be praised."
Focus on God's immutable character. God does not change. My circumstances do. My conditions do. My life changes. My health changes. My "ups and downs" come and go. But God is always the same.
4. Pray and Praise Confidently
Psalm 113:4-5 "The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, Who dwells on high."
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