Temporary Shouts of Praise

temporary praiseWhen Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey the people waved their palm branches in praise and worship for the miracles He had done, including the recent miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. Temporarily they believed in the power of God.

People shouted with praise, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:13)

People eagerly anticipated with shouts of joy what they expected God to do for them as He had promised hundreds of years before. The Messiah was to be a warrior riding on a white horse with glory and power to restore their kingdom. When Jesus failed to overtake the Roman empire in the way and time in which they thought, they turned against Him. Within days, these same people were shouting, “Crucify Him.”

What about you? Do you turn your back on God when He fails to do what you expect of Him in your time frame?

Although God doesn’t answer your prayers in the way you want, that doesn’t mean He is off His throne. He still reigns and rules in all authority and power. He is King of kings and Lord of lords forever and ever. Jesus will return one day on a white horse to restore His kingdom for the people who are faithful to follow Him (Rev. 19:11-16).

Promise from God

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Even when your expectations are not met as planned, God has a plan and a purpose through your pain. He promises to work all your suffering and my suffering together for our good and the good of others. The enemy of this world wants to deceive and destroy you. God is victorious when you continue to love Him whether things go according to your plans.

God loves you. He is for you, not against you. Will you trust Him with your situation? Will you still praise Him, no matter what happens?

Praise for God

Shout to the Lord in all circumstance. Praise God with this worship song by Hillsong United:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn5CMSSAx_c

Prayer to God

King of kings and Lord of lords, I worship and praise you in all circumstances. Whether in plenty or in need, in sickness or in health, you alone are worthy of all honor, glory and praise. You are my comfort, shelter, refuge, and strength. You God, will someday make all things right. I stand on your promises that bring me hope and comfort in my time of need. Let me continue to praise you and consider every trial joy that I may persevere to become more mature and complete in you and lacking nothing in my character (James 1:2-3). I rejoice with a thankful heart as I continue to call out to you in my struggle knowing that you will give me the peace that transcends all understanding in Christ Jesus. With patient endurance I shout for joy that I might glorify you to those who are watching me during this trial. You are my strength. I will trust you, in Jesus mighty and faithful name I pray. Amen.

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