Summary: Praising God is always effective, but it's power is magnified when you praise him when it don't make no sense.
Hab 3:17-18 although the FIG tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines. The labor of the olive shall fail, the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever been in a situation like the prophet Habakkuk?
If you haven't been there yet you will be. If you haven't been there yet just keep on living.
The truth is; life comes with problems built in. So you might as well understand. You're not going to Get through this life without trouble, without hardships without pain, without getting your heart broken at least once or twice. Without being lied on, persecuted, and despised. Then Throw in some betrayal and deception into the pot, because that's life.
All you have to do is look in the Bible and you will see what I'm talking about. David was a great Man of God, a great King of Israel, A worshipper.
But that did not exempt David from pain. If you study Davids life, you will see a man who endured much pain.
Then look at Job: He was a righteous man, but he endured more grief and pain than would seem humanly possible.
And I could go on and on: But I believe the point is clear. Sometimes life hurts.
Sometimes you're in the pit and sometimes you're in the fire, Sometimes you're on the Mountain calling fire down from heaven, and sometimes you're in the cave hoping Jezebel doesn't find you.
There are just some things that happen to us all, just because we're in the world. Then there are things that are demonic in nature, attacks straight out of hell.
Your adversary the devil goeth about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
Jn 10:10 The thief cometh not but for to steal to kill and to destroy.
I said all of this to get to this point: There will be times in your life when Praise don't make no sense.
When we talk about making sense of something, we mean that it is understandable, and that it is agreeable to what is before us, and it is logical and it is reasonable.
But this man of God was doing something that just doesn't make no sense. He was standing in the midst of chaos, of loss, of emptiness and confusion and disappointment and he did something that sent shock waves through hell and applause through heaven.
He said: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Basically what he said was: I have decided, I'm going to praise my God even when it don't make no sense.
I may be going through a season of sickness, Or I may be grieving over the loss of a loved one. Or I may be walking through the fire of divorce, or family turmoil. I may be crying myself to sleep at night over my prodigals. They may be threatening foreclosure on my house. The repo depo just towed my car away. My company says their downsizing and might have to let me go.
Well man of God, woman of God, What are you going to do???
I tell you what I'm not going to do. (I'm not going to let my feelings and my emotions take over). I'm not going to go into deep depression. I'm not going to run to the fridgerator and try to drown my sorrow in food. I'm not going to overdose on prescription meds. I'm not going to get angry at God and accuse him of not loving me, and not caring about me.
I'm going to do what David did: I'm going to encourage myself in the Lord.
Then I'm going to get my praise on. I'm going to put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. I'm going to open my mouth and praise God. I'm going to give him the praise thats due his name.
Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
God never promised us a problem free life.
Isa 43:2 When thou passest through the waters I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee, and when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Ps 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord, delivereth them out of them all.
I'm going to stop right here and tell you: The church is filled with Pretty Praisers. (People that will praise God when everythings Pretty, When the weathers nice, When the bills are paid. When all the children are saved. When their body feels good.) when they got money in the bank, They're quick to give God that nice Pretty praise.