Pursuit of His Presence
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"Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name" (Heb. 13:15).

Oftentimes we think about praising God, but because we don't feel like it, we shrug off that prompting in our spirit, and don't do it. But God is worthy of our praise - whether we feel like praising Him or not.

We must realize that praise is not governed by our emotions. Hebrews 13:15 says we are to praise Him continually.

Under the Old Covenant, when the people had problems, they went to the priest and he would offer a sacrifice to God. That would bring God on the scene.

Today, under the New Covenant, we are to do the same. Only we are the priests under God (Rev. 5:10). As we offer up the sacrifices of praise before our Most High Priest, Jesus, our communication with God is great.

Psalm 22:3 says God inhabits the praises of His people. Our praise brings God personally on the scene. At times of high praise, the shekinah Glory of God will fill an entire place with His sweet presence.

When Solomon finished building the house of the Lord, the trumpeters and singers lifted their voices as one, and with trumpets, cymbals and instruments of music, they praised the Lord saying, "For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever."

The Glory of God filled the house so that the priests could not even minister because of the cloud (2 Chron. 5:13-14). God Himself inhabited the praises of His people.

So usher His presence into your situation. Praise Him in the midst of your needs. Praise Him, regardless of your feelings. Obey the Word and praise Him continually. He is worthy to be praised! To praise when you don't feel like it is an act of honor. God said, "He that honors Me, him will I honor."

Speak the Word: I offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually. The fruit of my lips gives thanks to His Name. (Hebrews 13:15)

For Further Study: Revelation 5:7-10

Daily Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 9-10; 2 Peter 3

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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