Every day we are presented with choices: what to wear, what to eat, where to go, etc. With each choice, we make a conscious decision to direct our will towards a particular action. However, when it comes to our Christian walk, we tend to make decisions based on emotion and how we “feel.”
“I don’t feel like going to church today.”
“I don’t feel like reading my Bible right now.”
“I don’t feel like praying right now.”
“I don’t feel like praising God.”
Notice the keyword in all these sentences? “Feel.” Our relationship with Christ and our service unto Him should not be based in our feelings. Being rooted in His love, we must learn to direct our will to accomplishing His will and doing those things that are pleasing in His sight.
Do you know, the King James Version, the word “feel” doesn’t occur in the entire book of Psalm? However, the phrase, “I will” occurs 145 times. Of those 145 times, there are 42 instances where the Psalm writer declares “I will” praise or rejoice in the Lord.
The enemy can defeat us – if we are focused on our strengths and abilities. Without praise, we become subject to the enemies attack and will suffer defeat after defeat. But if we would praise God… Praise directs our hope and trust towards the one who can never fail. He is awesome, glorious, stronger than a troop of 1 billion soldiers. With our hearts and will submitted to Him, we can overcome whatever the enemy brings our way.
So today, direct your will to praising God, no matter how you feel.