Continual Praise

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“I’ll praise before my breakthrough, ‘till my song becomes my triumph. I will sing because I trust You, I will bring my heart, I will lift my song.” This is the chorus for “Praise Before My Breakthrough” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt. Many of us feel as though we need a breakthrough, a shift. It may seem counterproductive to worship, praise God when your life seems upside down, but that is actually one of the most important times to do it. God hears our songs of worship and praise. He is near to us even during these times.

The bridge to their song goes on to say, “He who came in power, He will come again. He who heals the sick, won’t He move again? He who raised the dead, won’t He raise again? I will sing, I will sing.” There is a closeness to God that comes when we lift our hands of praise in holy surrender to Him.

“Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise HIm with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:3-6. This is worship music, this is us praising God.

Worship music comes in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter what you like. If you like rap, there’s Lecrae or Andy Mineo. If you like rock, there’s Jeremy Camp or Skillet. If you like gospel, there’s Kirk Franklin, Tamela Mann or Tasha Cobbs Leonard. If you like pop, there’s Unspoken or Love & The Outcome. Of course, there are the Mega Church heavy hitters like Elevation Worship, Hillsong, Bethel Music, Vertical Worship and Jesus Culture.

In 2 Samuel 6, when King David was bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, he praised God with dance. In verse 14, “ David, wearing a linen ephod (an undergarment of sorts), danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.” It is good and right to praise God…at all times.

During Passion Church’s 2020 conference in Atlanta, GA where 60,000 plus Christian’s gathered on New Year’s Eve, they sang a new song called “I’m Leaning on You.” I only imagine how strong the presence of Jesus Christ must have been during that conference. Part of the song says “When no one else can help me, Jesus can. Every other name is sinking sand. And even when my heart don’t understand. Jesus, I will trust you even then. I’m leaning on You. I’m leaning on You. I’m leaning on You.”

God takes our praise in all forms…happy, sad, dancing, on our knees in despair…He already knows how we feel anyways. He is simply waiting for us to reach out to Him. Search these songs I’ve listed. When you search Him with your whole heart, He won’t disappoint you. He will be there waiting…for you. So, in this season, will you praise Him when your life seems upside down? When you don’t understand? Will you praise Him until you see a breakthrough? Will you trust Him even now?