Stolen Praises

Have you ever developed a taste for something that you never thought you would? My husband, Justin, shares a story that contributes nicely to today’s post:

African food“When I was in Ghana several years ago, I developed a taste for Shito sauce, a rather nasty smelling, very spicy sauce popular in the local cuisine. First time it was presented to me, it looked like black tar and I smelled it – a very pungent old fish smell (it’s usually made with fish oil and crushed fish meat). Disgusting! But I wanted to be polite and try it. It tasted a little better than it’s aroma. After many other times of politely eating it, I developed an appetite. In fact, I grew to love it; so much so that, when heading home most evenings, I would frequent a little beat up kiosk on the side of the road (I called it ‘my McDonald’s’ – there was no real McDonald’s in Ghana) that served rice, chicken boiled eggs all cooked in Shito sauce wrapped neatly in a banana leaf. I haven’t had it in years, but such was the appetite I developed that I am watering at the mouth – craving some now…”

in the congregationHis appetite changed from, “No way!” to “Yes, more!” Sometimes you develop a taste for something gradually. How much of an appetite do you have for God’s presence? The Bible says in many places to lift your voice in praise in the congregation. In between songs or right after the worship leader says, “sing a new song to the Lord,” it can sometimes get awkwardly quiet. The devil likes to steal praises from the corporate worship service.  Some of the tactics he uses to his advantage may be your own pride, lack of obedience, or indifferent appetite for God’s presence.

Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints. Psalm 149:1 NKJV

How do you make this come easily?

  1. Humble yourself. (see James 4:6)
  2. Develop an appetite for His presence. (see James 4:8a)
  3. “Practice” praising Him aloud regularly throughout the week at home. Sometimes you need to get used to the sound of hearing your own voice praising God so it will sound natural in front of others.
  4. Remember that …praise is beautiful (Psalm 147:1 NKJV).

Daily BreadApply the Word

This section is to help us respond to His promptings. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22

Write the list above in your journal and purpose to do it. Write some of the scriptures from this post and pray them over yourself.

Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. Psalm 111:1 NKJV

…“I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” Hebrews 2:12

Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard. Psalm 66:8 NKJV

How much of an appetite do you have for God’s presence? 

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Photo credit: Amber Karnes (Creative Commons)
Taken from the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.

13 thoughts on “Stolen Praises

  1. WooHoo Kelly!
    Great Perspective. Loved Justin’s story ~ very memorable… I’ll never think of McD’s the same again! 😀 I’m ready for A New Song . . .so I’m ready to write in my Journal & have some ‘Not so Quiet’ Quiet Time this Mornin’!! 😀
    Have a Worship-Full Day!
    Love Ya! Susie 🙂

  2. This is a great post, Kelly, and so full of truth. I love speaking my praise aloud when I’m washing dishes or doing laundry…or any of that other “icky” housework I don’t like. 😉 It takes my mind off the things I don’t like and glorifies God in the process. 😉

    • I hear ya. I usually put on a good CD with some upbeat praise songs while we are doing chores. (A good excuse to praise.) My kids have gotten to the point where they ask for it now, too. It’s also fun. I may or may not have been seen dancing in the kitchen with the dishes. For the kids, of course. 😉

  3. I love what you said about the specific lesson crafted for me personally depending on the season I’m in. It’s not about what he is teaching my friends or my husband but what he is teaching me. And it is continual. Growth doesn’t stop. Yes, good stuff! Thanks!

  4. Pingback: Worship: God Likes Noise and Demonstration | KellyRBaker

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