From the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.
I asked my husband, Justin, to contribute a story to today’s post:
“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…”
His 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 pride, lack of obedience, or an indifferent appetite for God’s presence.
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise in the assembly of the godly. Psalm 149:1 ESV
How do you make praising aloud come easily?
- Humble yourself. (see James 4:6)
- Develop an appetite for His presence. (see James 4:8a)
- “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.
- Praise the LORD! …a song of praise is fitting. (Psalm 147:1 ESV).
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 give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Psalm 111:1 ESV
…“I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” Hebrews 2:12 ESV
Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, Psalm 66:8 ESV
How much of an appetite do you have for God’s presence? Do you ever practice praising God at home?