I didn’t have the chance to make a post yesterday, as I spent over 3 hours and 6300 steps frantically looking for my keys. As I thought on it this morning, a word from Adrian Rogers jumped off the page: “When the Israelites were going into the promised land, they asked God which tribe should go first. Judah was chosen because the name Judah means “praise”. Praise precedes every victory; praise follows every victory.”
Yesterday I called over a friend to pray over my lost key situation, and we gave thanks to the Lord for what He would do. When I finally found them and was on my way to work, I called her back and we praised God for what He did.
We must always keep praise on our lips! “They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: ‘Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.” (Rev 15:3-4)
There’s coming a day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil 2:10). Not all that confess it on that day will spend eternity with our Lord in heaven. If we know that we will, we need to praise Him even in our struggles and then again when He is with us after the struggle.
Father, thank You for the reminder that no matter what is going on in our lives, You deserve all praise for what You have done, are doing, and will do. You are faithful, and You have revealed Your truth to us. Lord, thank You for the gentle reminders that I must always keep praise for You on my lips. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.