Have you ever found yourself heading straight for disaster? Do you know how real anxiety feels? Can you describe what happens to the heart when it’s gripped by fear? It’s amazing how crippling fear can be but we have access to a weapon that disarms fear and replaces it with faith. That weapon is PRAISE.
Faith is the opposite of fear. Faith will draw into your life all of God’s goodness and blessings, everything that pertains to life and godliness; everything you need to flourish. On the contrary, fear will keep you from receiving God’s promises.
David was a professional at using this weapon of praise. He knew how to engage God in praise conversations. For instance, when he heard his enemies were plotting to kill him in his old age, he ran to God in his desperation and made it very clear that his hope was in no one else but God. David called God ‘my strong refuge, my rock, my fortress, my hope, my trust, LORD, the Holy One of Israel’. All these have to do with protection, preservation and defence. He used these titles because they were relevant to his predicament. (Psalm 71)
He reminded God of His faithfulness to him from birth and of all the things God had done for him. These were the reasons he kept on praising God. It seems David saw praise as a currency. When God saved or helped him, he offered praises to God, and when he asked God for help, he promised to praise God while waiting for God’s help and after receiving it. He wasn’t going to give room to any form of doubt while waiting on God nor was he going to allow himself forget afterwards the One who delivered him from his troubles.
David used praise to walk himself from the place of fear and desperation to a place of faith and confident assurance that God would deliver him and that his enemies were already defeated and disgraced. Like David, we too can master the art of fighting off every doubt and every fear with our praise.
- Take time out to recount the wonderful things God has done in your life and praise Him for them
- Think of the names of God that apply to your current circumstances and praise Him in advance for your deliverance using those names