Release, Revive, Repair, Rebuild from Brian Houston

Devotional

The resurrection of Jesus is the central power of our faith (John 11:25-26) and resurrection life is built on the power of praise.

Ezra is a powerful book because it speaks of God transforming the devastated temple by speaking His word to Zerubbabel. When only the foundation remained, the people began to praise God.

Ezra 3:10-11 recalls, "When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel. And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD."

Praise works best at the start, before the miracle, before the breakthrough, before the restoration. It sets the stage for our Almighty God to act on our behalf; that is why we sing songs of praise at the start of our services.

Ps 100:12 says, Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

With Pharaoh in forceful advance, Moses praised God BEFORE the miracle at the face of the Red Sea. The people praised on the other side. It's easy to praise after we experience a breakthrough, but the power is in knowing how to praise beforehand, while we are waiting.

Jesus lifted His eyes to heaven and offered praise to God at the face of Lazarus's tomb. There is such power in a heart of praise. What are you trusting God to bring to life in your life? There is nothing God can't turn around, He can bring life to anything that is lying in ruins. Start to praise TODAY and begin to see the power of praise at work in your life.