"A Praise In The Midst Of Confusion"
Sermon shared by Kevin Smith
Summary: We as believers need to learn how to give God TRUE praise, even amidst chaos & confusion.
Audience: Believer adults
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Habbakkuk says in verse 18, "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, in the God of mine salvation." He was basically saying that even amidst all the confusion, strife, stress, mess, and destruction and chaos, he was STILL going to praise God, no matter what... And for a few minutes I want to talk about the subject of, "Praise In The Midst Of Chaos." I am convinced today that far too many of us in the church donít understand what true praise really is... We think itís all about when God blesses us with a new house or a car, a honey or some money, we come into church & just start jumping & shouting & dancing & hollering, but as soon as something goes wrong we eithier want to sit on the back pew with our arms folded & our lower lip puffed out, or worse yet stop coming to church at all... And weíre convinced that because of that we have TRUE praise..
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news & to crash your party, but thatís not true praise! True praise means just a few things, and I need to lay them on you before I get to the text... True praise is not affected by your exterior circumstances. Mmm, hmm... Meaning you donít just praise when things are going well & stop when things arenít going well. You praise him continiously in the Good & the bad. And so not only is it not affected by your exterior circumstances, but it is continious... Not only that the last thing true praise is is heartfelt... The word says "They that worship him must worship him in spirit & in truth.." Ahh, itís not for form or fashion, huh, itís not to put on a show & see who has the best two step, but it is to give glory to God, no matter what! Ahh, I wish I had about 2 people, who really knew what true praise was! True praise says "It might not all be right, I might not understand it, things might not be good right now, but iím goní bless God, anyway!
Can I go ahead & keep it real for a minute? Look at the text, habbakkuk, is about to close out his book, ha, and heís been troubled ha, all 3 chapters up to now, ha, because God, let a heathen nation, triumph over his, can I get a witness? He didnít understand it, it confused him, it baffled him, but after he wrestled ha, with his thoughts uh huh, for 3 chapters, ha, he comes to the conclusion, ha, in verse 17, and prays to god, and he says basically, even though Iíve lost everything, I might not understand what in the worldís going on, and I might be confused, about ready to lose my mind, Iíll still praise him! I wonder, if I got some true praisers, up in this house, that even though, the money may not be right, the hunny left ya, ha, ya lost the job, the house, maybe everything, ha, everything in your life, seems to be going wrong! If it ainít one thing, ha, itís another, ha, But youíve still got a praise, down in your spirit! Youíve still got joy! Youíve still got a dance & a holler, down in your spirit! I believe the old folk called it, "A hallelujiah anyhow praise"! And ya give it to him anyhow, because you know, the promises of God, "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy, comes, in the morning!" "All things, work together, for the Good of those who love the Lord, and are the called, according to his purpose!" Iím going back, ha, to my seat, ha, but I dare ya, no matter what youíre going through, give God, a 30 seccond crazy praise, like youíve lost your mind! Look at, verse 19, and then iím gone! Habakkuk
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