“And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid” [Ezra 3:10b]
Don’t miss it this morning, don’t whisper or even simply muse in your heart, give a great shout of Praise because Christ is the foundation we are standing on and He said “It is finished”.
If your life is shining the light of His love then you are a workman in the House of God. Worship and praise is the key to a good day, a fruitful day, the power to constantly move forward and sense the overwhelming wholeness of mind, body and spirit, you are living in Christ.
BUT… over and over again we read in the Word of God whenever God’s people began to build and break forth with praise the enemy hates it. Not only is the enemy roaming around using whomever he will, all those on the peripheral of your life, [those that take no thought for their words], but some people actually will intentionally set out to discourage you. It is a very subtle tool of the enemy, “Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building” [Ezra 4:4]
The goal of the enemy is to stop you from building a productive life for God and His Kingdom. He does it through fear and frustration – “They hired counselors to work against them and frustrate their plans…” [Ezra 4:5] Two fruits of the very nature of Satan – frustration and fear. Frustration comes out of fear; name your fear then cover it with God’s great Love, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts our fear…” [1 John 4:18] Praise will always dissolve the enemy’s deceit and set you free to keep on building with shouts of praise to the Lord!
Further Reading: Isaiah 42:5-9; Ezra 4:1-5; 1 John 3