Matthew 21:16, “…Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have perfected praise”
I have come to believe that to know someone really well, see how they deal with pressure. I try to void being stressed out for it is not healthy. I refuse cuss or swear when things come my way because cussing and swearing don’t help anyway, it’s not a mark of a Christian and out of cussing mouth can no sweet praises come.
We need to understand that we are responsible for our actions and therefore we need to be very careful how we deal with overwhelming situations and circumstances. One of the greatest tools to help overcome tough times is praise. Praise is not a matter of how we feel but a choice we make. The bible tells us from the verse above that “out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have perfected praise”. This is not for some people of a certain class but for everyone. The moment you make this choice, the Lord will perfect it for Himself.Psalms 150:6, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord”.
Isaiah 61:3, “…To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for the mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they maybe called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified”. There is a time to mourn, be down, even get discouraged, but you can never be in the same place forever, you have to rise up, the Lord is changing you to fit in the atmosphere and giving you what you do not have to so as to praise Him. Number one, He is giving us beauty for ashes. Other translations says a crown of beauty instead of ashes. Number two, He gives us oil of joy for the mourning. No joy, no praise, and there is a difference between being happy and being joyful. Being happy goes with the mood, being joyful goes with what is given and choosing to make it work regardless of what you have to face. The bible says that the joy of the Lord is my strength, His joy gives you strength to endure. Number three, He gives us the garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness. In my judgement this is the main thing, though it is made, you and I have to pick it up and put it on after taking off garments of heaviness. Garments of heaviness in this case could be stress, frustrations, pressure, overwhelmed by what you have to deal with. You have a choice to remove the garments of heaviness and put on the garments of praise. “Thank You for grace to endure, I praise You for the best You have deposited in me can now come out under all these pressure. This enables me to be calm in the midst of my storm. Many see me deal with things differently and it’s not because I have everything together but because You have given me a new garment” This ought to be our attitude, for the same God who has allowed a lot to come our way is the same God who will give us enough grace and strength to make it. The only way we will make it is by adjusting our attitudes and taking what He has set aside to help us make it through the day, the garments of praise.
In 2chronicles 20 King Jehoshaphat was faced by a great army, he proclaimed a fast throughout the land and all people cried to God. In vs. 15, a word comes to them saying they didn’t need to fight in this battle for the battle was the Lord’s. Therefore they thought to themselves, if the Lord is going to fight for us, we can do something else, we can praise Him. The moment they began to praise the Lord, The Lord was moved by their praises that He set an ambush on the enemy. The king and his people did not see God fight but they saw the results. You praise Him and you will not see Him fight, you will only see results. Walls of Jericho came down under the power of praises and shouts. Put on the garments of praise today and let the praise go before you as you start the day. Blessings Ev