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Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Cast up a highway for Him who rides through the deserts; whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him.

Psalm 68:4

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I love the story of the woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today. She did, and she had a wonderful day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror, and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. “Hmm,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.” She did, and she had a great day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror, and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. “Well,” she said, “today I’m going to wear my hair in a ponytail.” So, she did, and she had a fun day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror, and noticed that there wasn’t a single hair on her head. “Yes!” she exclaimed, “I don’t have to fix my hair today!” Now that’s what I call having a good attitude.

Attitude can transform anything and everything – thoughts, habits, and perspectives. We can literally change our lives by changing the way we think. In Isaiah 26:3 (NLT), we find the promise, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you.”

A mind filled with thoughts fixed on God will produce a heart filled with praise – and girlfriend, praise is a powerful tool in our spiritual arsenal. Praise brings healing to our spirit. When we honestly express our trust in God, then choose to give Him thanks, healing begins. Praise provides a highway upon which the Father conveys deliverance and blessing. Praise invites God to take up residence in the midst of our messy lives and becomes a free-flowing conduit of God’s very presence and power at work in us. God funnels infinite blessings into a life that praises Him. Stress and anxiety fade as peace floods the heart that is filled with praise.

Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Cast up a highway for Him who rides through the deserts. (Psalm 68:4, ICB)

But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3, NKJV)

Don’t miss the life changing truth that we can enthrone God in every situation of our lives by praising Him. Praise converts our everyday surroundings into His dwelling place. It is from that throne of praise that God dispenses victory. Praise tunes us into His sovereignty and allows us to experience the reality and power of His presence.

Praise strengthens our prayer life. Prayer is not only a remarkable privilege that we often fail to recognize or understand, but it is also part of our worship to God. There is the asking side of prayer when we seek forgiveness, lay needs before God, and intercede on behalf of others. Then there is the appreciating side of prayer when we offer praise and thanksgiving to God for who He is and what He has done. Our relationship with God is strengthened through prayer and praise.

Now here is my favorite truth about praise. Are you ready? Praise devastates Satan and his forces. Yes! I love it! In fact, Psalm 20:5 (NIV) promises, “We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.” Satan is well aware of just how powerful praise is and I suspect he absolutely hates it … which absolutely delights me! I can almost sense his fury when I choose to praise God instead of questioning Him. The enemy hates it when I walk by faith, setting aside feelings and emotions while focusing on God’s Word and His faithfulness in my life.

Through continual prayer, through the power of God’s Word, and through faithful praise, we declare our trust in God to deliver us. Praise lifts up the shield of faith in spiritual warfare. Praise makes a frontal attack on doubt and fear. Even in the midst of Satan’s best efforts, we can find victory when we praise Him.

Let’s Pray

Father, I praise You today for what You have done in my life. I choose to thank You for the storms that have made me stronger. I celebrate Your mercy and grace at work in my life, a life that is so unworthy of Your love.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen. 

Now It’s Your Turn

Begin keeping a joy journal. Make a list of the blessings God pours into your life. Those blessings may be small or large … it doesn’t matter. They are all His hand prints.

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13 Responses to “The Handprints of God”

  1. Diane Rumley says:

    Wonderful words,of wisdom. Love it.

  2. Thank you, friend! God’s words are beautiful, aren’t they?

  3. Linda says:

    Thank you for your encouraging words, I have been enjoying your devotions for years. In today’s devotion you quote Psalm 648:4 – Can you tell me what translation you used? My pastor has challenged us to study the Word carefully and I am trying to understand where you get the word “highway”? Thank you.

  4. chris says:

    Words to live by daily – thank you!!

  5. Shelly-Ann says:

    Thank you! What a blessing – A renewed attitude and praise to our God and Father.

  6. Becky says:

    My heart is overflowing with Joy as I went onto the app and read today’s devotion which was titled You are contagious and it is an older one I read a few years back. See I asked God in prayer this morning to help me have a joyful attitude specially at work today and that one on the app was saying how a joyful attitude is just as contagious as a complaining one. So I wanted to share with my friends and came to the website as I thought it would be easier even though I have shared from the app in the past…and well It was this devotion. Which further tells of singing praises to God to confuse the enemy. God is AWESOME!!! I pray all who read this are blessed with overflowing joy that is so contagious the plans of the enemy are confused and stopped. Choose Joy!!

  7. Kathy M says:

    Thank you for the reminder! I have been focusing on what I don’t have and getting angry with God for not answering my prayers the way I want them answered. I have asked the Lord to forgive me and I love your suggestion of creating a joy journal. Thank you so much for sharing your heart.

  8. Rebecca Jones says:

    Never heard that story before, it does make a difference how we look at it.Perception or deception.

  9. TamraG says:

    Thanks for the timely word today Mary! This morning as I was driving in to work a hurt that I thought I had dealt with lifted its ugly head and a feeling of anger raise up inside of me. Almost instantly I asked God for his forgiveness and help to put this feeling where it belonged ‘GONE’. I began to thank Him for his forgiveness and started praising. I am now at lunch and read my word for the day from you Mary…Thanks for the confirmation that PRAISE is POWERFUL. Not sure how many know or remember this song ‘PRAISE THE LORD’ by the Imperials, but the words are appropriate for today’s reading…here goes:

    When you’re up against a struggle that shatters all your dreams
    And your hopes have been cruelly crushed by Satan’s manifested schemes
    And you feel the urge within you to submit to earthly fears
    Don’t let the faith you’re standing in seem to disappear

    Praise the Lord, He can work through those who praise Him
    Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise
    Praise the Lord, for the chains that seems to bind you
    Serve only to remind you that they drop powerless behind you
    When you praise Him

    Now Satan is a liar and he wants to make us think
    That we are paupers when he knows himself we’re children of the King
    So lift up the mighty shield of faith for the battle must be won
    We know that Jesus Christ has risen so the work’s already done

  10. Becky, thank you so much for your encouraging words. God’s timing is perfect!

  11. Tamra, I love this song by the Imperials. And the words are so true. Keep praising Him!

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