Thursday, February 2, 2012

"Just Praise Me"

So glad you came by....pull up a chair!  I have been sharing with you the many times God has been encouraging and guiding me to praise Him over the span of several months.  When I felt led to study the word obedience this year, praising God seemed to be filed under that catagory too.  Recently I began to study the places in the Bible that speaks of "the sacrifice of praise".  I am still pondering this and all that it means, but I have put it into practice this past week when I went through a needle breast biopsy.  As a cancer survivor, the words "rule out cancer" from the doctor brought more than a little anxiety into my life.  Truth be told I was left with a fearful heart as Isaiah speaks about in Chapter 35. 

When I told my friend what was going on, she spent time praying for me and felt led to tell me that she had received what she felt were a few "words from God".  One sentence that jumped out at me was....."Just praise Me."  She had no idea that I had felt God telling me to praise Him for the past few months.  She had no clue that I had been given written words from others that just "happened" to speak about praising Him and the sacrifice of praise.  Those words "just praise me" began to melt my fearful heart.

I really felt more like pleading with God instead of praising Him, but I began to praise Him every time I started to worry, or think about the "what ifs".  As the days went by until the biopsy, also during the procedure and in the day following as we waited for the results, which were benign, God kept reminding me of how much He loves me and that I am not alone.  Not ever.  As I praised Him, my focus changed.  It was a struggle, but I believe that each time I praise our loving Lord, I come closer in my relationship with Him and peace and joy wash over me. God is amazing!   I am a work in progress, but now I have taken what I have known in my head and applied it to my inner most being, and I have experienced in this area of my life, God releasing His power that resides inside of me, melting my fearful heart.  What a difference that made for me this past week!

Isn't it wonderful the way God has made us~ Isn't it wonderful how much He loves us ~ He even provides the tools we need on our journey through life.  His precious love and the love of others, the written Word, intercessory prayer, and the gift of praising Him. 


Just praise me.  These words are forever tucked away in my heart. My heart that today is listening to the words in Isaiah 35: 4
"Say to those with fearful hearts,
Be strong and do not fear
For your God is coming to destroy your enemies 
He is coming to save you."


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22 comments:

Joan said...

Renee - I have found that when we focus upon Jesus and not our situation, it makes everything so much easier to bear. I know how those "rule out cancer" words feel, but we just have to place our faith and trust in Jesus..and Just praise Him!

Blessings,
Joan

PS - I like the new blog look and thanks for linking up this week.

Dianne said...

Beautiful post, Renee--so glad you received a good report!

Audrey said...

Praise God for that 'benign' report! I have found that the signs, wonders and miracles that we seek come in an atmosphere of praise and worship. He is free to do what only He can do. Keep praising Him my sister!

Esther Joy said...

I praise God with you that it was benign! So often I have identified with what you said "I really felt more like pleading with God instead of praising Him," but praise is always the way to win, isn't it?!!

Renee said...

Hi Joan....Thanks for your insights....Glad you like the new blog look! I enjoy your Grace Cafe very much.

Renee said...

Thanks Dianne!

Renee said...

Hi Audrey....YES praising God does enable God to do what He desires in us...

Renee said...

Hi Esther Joy...Yes praising God is the response that empowers us and puts our focus in the right place...

Pamela said...

What a beautiful act of obedience. It reminds me of a song we sing, "I bring the sacrifice of praise unto the house of the Lord." I'm thankful we can praise anywhere -- church, home, during a biopsy...

Sarah (Nikki) said...

I understand that wanting to plead with God instead of praising Him...but I think praise is total trust and that's the best. and having friends pray and stand with us helps so much. Praying for you Renee to stand strong and keep praising.

Saleslady371 said...

This interested me because my 2012 word is Obedience! I want to be obedient so I will indeed praise Him!

Whidbey Woman said...

I agree with all of the above comments. Sometimes we don't know what to pray for or how to pray. It is amazing how much our hearts are lifted if we just start praising God, for being who He is.

LivingforGod said...

Thanks for sharing this encouraging post with us. It's such a great reminder for us to just praise God...not only for what He has done but also for Who He is. Glad to hear that the results were good. I had a similar experience that I shared on my blog at http://bornagainandblessed.blogspot.com/2012/01/christ-alone.html .

Thanks for visiting my blog, Renee.

Renee said...

I am so thankful we can praise God openly everywhere and anywhere too Pamela!

Renee said...

Hi Nikki...Thank you so much for your words of encouragement....standing and praying with me..AMEN! Praise is complete trust isn't it. Thanks for sharing that...nourishment for me.

Renee said...

Hi Saleslady...my word for this year is obedience too! God is teaching me plenty already!

Renee said...

Thanks LivingForGod, appreciate your insightful words and sharing your similiar experience too. God bless.

Renee said...

Oh, so very true, Whidbey Woman! Our hearts often do not know what to pray, and the HS enlightens us and gives us the gift of praising God!

Charlotte said...

Praising God. What a wonderful example you have been. I'm so happy for your good report. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Renee said...

Hi Charlotte, thanks for coming by. I don't think I am an example for anyone...just plodding along one moment at a time trying to follow God's lead.

Alisha said...

Amen. Praise is so powerful and wonderful!

Your stories and memorial box post encourage me Renee!!

Much love and prayers, Alisha

www.newmerciesdaily.blogspot.com

Rina Peru said...

Glad to hear that your test results came out negative. Dear Renee, I say this with all fervency - I live to praise the Lord and I live BY praising Him. I sing praises to Him upon waking up in the morning and before I close my eyes to sleep at night (even if I have to wait long before breathing becomes easy and even if that means I will be praising at midnight or past it).

I praise Him when I struggle through my illness; I praise Him when I'm afraid; I praise Him when I'm hurt and sorrowful. I praise Him through the battles and praise Him in victory. Yes, our family praises Him through everything.

"Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord!"
Rina