My musings this morning are centering upon the provocative words of Henry Foster and what he has to say about the importance of continual praise in our hearts & lives. As I pondered this, I thought of Paul & Silas sitting in a Roman prison, having been severely beaten, and chained to the floor (cf. Acts 16:20-34). We are told that when midnight came, Paul and Silas were heard praying and singing praises to God! The result? A Philippian jailer and his entire family were converted to Christ! Indeed, the world is watching us… and they are listening to what we say… especially in times of trial or trouble or heartache or loss, etc.
Read on, and prayerfully & carefully consider the following: “Unless our hearts are stirred by divine grace to something more than a semblance of love and gratitude and praise, you and I cannot go into the walks and works of this trying life, and live safely, walk wisely, or work successfully for God. However, with that ‘power of praise’ in us, we may be the most practical of human beings, and the most useful in all our walks of life. The transforming ‘power of praise’ can make a man a better christian, a better husband, a better father; and a woman a better wife, and a better mother. (he continues) “A christian lives most vigorously when their soul is full of the Holy Spirit and their entire being is joyously consecrated to the living God. That individual has given to them the ‘wisdom to know’ and ‘the power to do’- in a divinely practical way – all of the duties of the life that a set before them.”
In conclusion (and by the Spirit’s leading), I was exhorted by the well-known and often quoted words of the Apostle Paul (written while imprisoned) recorded in Philippians Ch. 4:4-9 ~ “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice! Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; (therefore) do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication – with thanksgiving – let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise… focus your thinking upon these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me — practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”