Praise positions you to March out of the wilderness experiences of your life. There were two main positions taken by the Israelite’s in the wilderness that sojourned to the promise land, and which position you aligned yourself with determined weather or not you made it out of that wilderness. The first was the position of complaining. Those that looked inwardly on their own plans, desires, and understanding constantly found themselves complaining about where they were, which positioned them against Moses and against God. Their faith was in man, in their own understanding, and in the works of their own hands. Therefore, the more they trusted in themselves, the more God withdrew Himself and the harder things got. Yet the harder things got, the more their own strengths and abilities failed them and the more those abilities failed them the more they complained and blamed the failures on others. On their enemies, on their friends, on Moses, even on God.
At this point they were always given a choice. Humble yourself, repent, put your trust in God, and praise in faith as He leads you out of the wilderness. Or keep trying to force your will, with your strength, in your intellect, through your plans, with your abilities, to no avail until you grow bitter and begin blaming others for your prolonged wilderness experience. This is how most of the Israelite’s died in the wilderness. Full of bitterness toward Moses and angry at God for them not having received the promise He was trying so hard to get them too. All the while it was their own lack of trust in God’s words, will, and instructions, that kept them wondering in circles in that wilderness for so long. They just couldn’t seem to come to the revelation that a life of true faith is a life without manipulation. The desire to manipulate or instigate, is simply symptomatic of a lack of faith.
Yet those that took a position of praise in the wilderness, always found themselves positioned to come out of it and receive the promise. You see, the complaining Israelite’s focus was inward, on themselves, on their emotions, on their desires. But Praise will take your focus off of you and put it on God. In other words, it will takes your focus off of the problem and puts it on the solution.
Praise is a powerful refocuser! It is a liberator, an activator, and a chain breaker! It stirs and releases faith, courage, strength, power, favor, and clarity. It breaks through the atmosphere of darkness with the light of God’s countenance! It sets the enemy fleeing and brings confusion to his camp of lies with the truth of God’s glory and majesty over men and all the powers of hell. Praise is powerful! The devil attacks you in the wildernesses of your live to steal your heart of praise and rob you of the true power that you carry by way of it. Remember that Satan wants to be praised and is at the same time, viciously jealous of God being praised. He will attack, lie, deceive, and manipulate you and those around you if you allow it in order to bitter you into laying down your praise for God, your love for others, and thusly your very salvation. Because if you lay down the first two, the third is lost by default. (Matthew 22:37-40) You can then blame it on everyone else but the truth is that no man can take that from you, only you can choose to lay it down. Don’t choose to lay down your cross so you can carry a grudge, choose to put down your grudges so you can pick up your cross and press on to the mark of the high calling praising God and loving like Christ.
Those that grow bitter in the wilderness, die in the wilderness, but those who praise through their wilderness not only come out of it, but they come out with a higher praise! They come out refined, refocused, wiser, stronger, purer, better, more courageous! They come out marching to the beat of a different drum. A war drum! Praising God in total faith as they claim the land and receive their promise. Nearly all the promises in the bible come with a condition and those conditions can largely be summarized as this, “stay faithful to God in the wilderness that precedes it, always positioning yourself to come out of it praising”.
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” – Matthew 4:1-11
Song Of Praise In The Wilderness: “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.” – Psalms 63:1-8