Monday, February 20, 2017

Time for a Praise Break

By Andrea Merrell


To all who mourn in Israel,
    he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
    that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

Isaiah 61:3 NLT

Everyone needs a break from time to time. Whether it’s a coffee break, a brisk walk, or a few minutes for a power nap, taking time to rest, regroup, and refocus is vital to our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

But what about our spiritual needs?

God promises to replace our heavy hearts with a garment of praise. I’ve found that when darkness seems to surround me, invading my soul and pulling me into a pit of despair, it’s time to offer up a sacrifice of praise. When I do, God always comes on the scene and drives away the clouds of doom and gloom.

The Bible is filled with admonitions to praise the Lord—no matter how bleak out circumstances may appear. Giving thanks to our Creator and worshiping His holy name will restore our peace, our joy, and our purpose. Praise takes the focus off our problems and places it on the One who can turn every situation around, solve every problem, and restore us to our rightful place in His kingdom. He is ready, willing, and more than able to come to our rescue.

If you’re struggling today and your life is out of kilter, maybe it’s time for a praise break.

(Photos courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net/Stuart Miles/tiverylucky.)




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