Call To Worship Devotional For Sunday, May 17, 2015


Praise: The Secret to Living Above Circumstances

by Sarah Young, from Jesus Today

Praise will get you victoriously through this day. When you worship Me, you connect with Me in a powerful way that transcends time and circumstances. I live in your praises, and you live and move and have your being in Me. Praising Me draws you into the depths of My Presence, where you can glimpse My Power and Glory.

Depression, fear, and self-pity vanish when you engage in heartfelt worship. The evil one and his demonic followers flee from these glorious strains. So it is wise to praise Me. However, the most important reason for worship is that I am worthy to receive honor and glory and praise!

The Bible is full of commands to give Me praise. No matter how dark and difficult your day may seem, the Light of My Presence will shine through the darkness as you worship Me. This glorifies Me and enables you to live above your circumstances — victoriously!

Thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. — Psalm 22:3 KJV

In Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, “For we are also His offspring.” — Acts 17:28 NKJV

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” — Revelation 5:11-12

Excerpted from Jesus Today by Sarah Young, copyright Thomas Nelson.

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Your Turn

None of us naturally burst out in worship during the most challenging times in life, when we feel lost, afraid, pressed down, bereaved, lonely, or angry. Yet scripture tells us over and over again to enter into His presence with praise. All of heaven is rapt in worship — Shouldn’t we trust Him with our circumstances and join the praise, too?


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