Power in Praise

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by Linda Aalderink
 
Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).” Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:2-4
 
Have you ever felt like Jehoshaphat did? Have you ever felt like a great multitude has come against you? For Jehoshaphat, it was an enemy army. For me, as the parent of a special needs son, it’s more like a multitude of medical and educational issues … and that’s just a portion of the first 18 years! Beyond that it’s employment, housing, transportation and ongoing health issues. I’ve tried to run in my own strength, but I’ve found it doesn’t work well. I lose power quickly on my own and become discouraged. Now, older and wiser, I find my
 
Power in Praise
 
I look to the One who created my son. I look to the One who knows everything about him and me. God knows my fears, troubles and weariness. Stopping first to acknowledge and praise God completely changes my outlook. When I remember who God is, I can step out in faith and trust God even when I cannot clearly see the road ahead. Praising God reminds me – He is greater than me! God’s got this! He is powerful and trustworthy and (this is the best part) – He has unfailing, abounding love for me! Yes, me! 24/7.
 
At the end of the Jehoshaphat story, Jehoshaphat’s people praised God for his everlasting love and then do you know what happened? Their enemies destroyed each other and dropped dead! Jehoshaphat’s most powerful weapon for the fight wasn’t the latest sword or shield. He found his power in praise.
 
The next time you’re overwhelmed with uncertainty and fear (a somewhat regular occurrence for me), try praise! Start here -  rather than ending here when all else has failed. Once we fix our eyes on Jesus, our struggle seems manageable. The difficulties may not disappear, but we will be at peace knowing that our faithful God is ever-present, and His faithfulness continues through all generations.
 
Will you join me to take a moment now to be still?  Pray this verse with your name in the blank.
 
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, I ______ give you thanks,

    and praise your glorious name.

1 Chronicles 29:11-13
 
About the Author:
Linda Aalderink is the author of the book:
Immeasurably More:  More Hope, More Joy... Embracing Life With Down Syndrome

She currently serves on the Board of Friendship Ministries and is the Michigan State Coordinator for Moms in Prayer International. Linda has been married to Rick since 1982, and they are enjoying the empty nest season of life making frequent visits to their children & grandbabies - Zach, Ben & Caroline (Tuck & Enoch), and Kassi & Stephen.
 
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