Church of the Nazarene
Beauty for Ashes, Part 3: Praise for Despair
Locations & Times
  • Church of the Nazarene - Harrisonburg
    1871 Boyers Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Church of the Nazarene - East Rock
    414 S E Side Hwy, Elkton, VA 22827, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
“a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”
"spirit of despair"
-That Hebrew term for spirit is "rûaḥ" and gives the sense of something having descended on us in torment.
-As opposed to mourning, which is event-driven, the “spirit of despair” tends to “move in” and stay with a person in the form of fear, anxiety, chronic sadness.
"garment of praise"
-The Hebrew word here is like something wrapped around us. God Himself puts it on us to wear throughout our day.
-Our God wants to give you praise even in your despair.
Praise is God’s antidote for despair.
When we praise God, there is renewal happening:
-renewal of our focus: praise takes the focus off of us, and puts it back on the Lord.
-renewal of our mind: the voice of despair is hopeless and overwhelming, but when we praise we are actually allowing our thoughts to be reformatted.
-renewal of our time: what if praise was so important that we plan our day around it?

Shannon's Story

Experience a real life story of God's renewal in Shannon's life, even in the midst of despair.
Other Scriptures for Study/Reflection
-Hebrews 13:15
-Psalm 71:8
-Isaiah 25:1
-Psalm 43:5
-Psalm 147:17

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