Community Fast, Day 5: Praise

Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory. 

Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory. 

RISE and SHINE and GIVE GOD THE GLORY, GLORY, Children of the Lord. 

Remember that one??

I went to discipleship school in Seattle, Washington when I was 21. The night before I signed up for this one year bootcamp I had my last nasty cigarette with a cheap vodka cocktail, deep in the woods of Wyoming at an obscure bar and grill. There were moose grazing outside under the stars. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but I knew I was ready to leave my old decrepit life behind. Two weeks into the program I had an encounter with the Lord during our morning worship time. The Holy Spirit flooded the room, I wept in surrender, started praying in the spirit and singing at the top of my lungs. The Lord was engaging me on the deepest level, moving in, taking over the real estate of my heart. I have never been the same. That’s what I think about when I hear the word “Praise”. 

All that is within me... 

Praise took me off the throne of my heart as I surrendered to God. When I took the focus off myself, giving Him my full attention, my inward thoughts and fickle emotions, it was like prison doors wide open and emancipation. We know this in our heads but need to believe it more in our hearts - God is the reason for anything good in our lives. Praise is not for us, it’s for Him. It requires humility. It demands we give God the credit. 

Psalm 103:1-3 (Amplified)

“1 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!

2 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits—

3 Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,

4 Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;

5 Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!”

Praise is a highway to the throne of God...

When we choose to voice words communicating thankfulness, declaring our confidence and hope on Father God we are driving straight toward The Throne. When we read the bible and believe what it says, when we let His Word shape our identity as His children, we access those promised heavenly blessings given by Father God through Jesus. 

Ephesians 1:3-6 (Message)

3-6 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

Hebrews 4:16 (TPT)

16 So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned,[r] to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen[s] us in our time of weakness.[t]

Praise is our weapon.... 

He is the bondage breaker and the way maker. When we align ourselves with Him and come into agreement through praise no matter how upside down the moment feels it brings our world right side up. 

Two of my favorite Praise stories in the bible... 

Israel at Jericho is wild - Joshua 6. God had the people of Israel follow the priests and the presence of God (The Ark of the Covenant) one time around the city of Jericho everyday for six days in total silence except for the constant sound of ram’s horn blown by the priests. “Israel, you’re not to say a word. No space to voice doubt or fear”. Then on the seventh day he had them walk around seven times in silence minus the mighty rams horn. And in those final steps on the seventh time around on that seventh day they released a battle cry, a roar of faith in the God of Angel Armies and the WALLS OF JERICHO came tumbling down. INSANE. 

Paul and Silas praise in prison - Acts 16:16-40. Paul and Silas were followed around for days by a girl with a spirit of divination who kept mocking them and Paul got annoyed. He said, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.” She brought her owners much gain by fortune telling and when they saw their hope of gain was gone they dragged Paul and Silas into the market square and got them arrested. Around midnight they were praying and praising God in jail and an earthquake began to shake the ground, the prison doors blew open and everyones bonds were unfastened. There was a revival in the jail and the jailer and his family got saved.

Max Lucado in his book Glory Days (so good, you should read it) says...“Create a trophy room in your heart. Each time you experience a victory, place a memory on the shelf. Before you face a challenge, take a quick tour of God’s accomplishments. Look at all the paychecks he has provided, all the blessings he has given, all the prayers he has answered. Imitate the shepherd boy David. Before he fought Goliath, the giant, he remembered how God had helped him kill a lion and a bear (1 Samuel 17:34-36). He faced his future by revisiting the past.”

It’s day 5 of our corporate fast. Let’s give Him all we’ve got. Let’s leave nothing on the table. Shout to the Lord with a voice of triumph. Sing and make music to the Lord. Let it rumble in your soul and wake your Spirit man. Let heaven and hell hear it. It is a powerful thing to hear the sound of a people whose confidence is the Lord. 

We are gathering to let the Lord seal this thing up tonight. Come worship with us!

-Jenny Ayers


Jenny Ayers is the Worship Director for our church. She and her family became members in 2018. Since then, she has had to listen to Mark Heger audition for the worship team no less than 18 unsolicited times. We are thankful for Jenny's patience.