The Power of Praise Devotional - Monday 23rd October 2017

"Break Every Chain" by Kristene DiMarco

“There is power in the Name of Jesus, to break every chain”

One thing I love about this song is the truth of the lyrics that even when all else seems lost and broken, there is a truth that remains; that nothing can separate us from the love of God and our chains of sin and shame have ALREADY been broken.

I also love how this can be declared over our situations and seasons, reminding us that we do not worship FOR Victory, we worship FROM Victory.

A common bible passage referenced when talking about worship is in the book of Acts when Paul and Silas are in prison. They began to worship IN and THROUGH their situation.

Everyday, we have a decision about what we fix our eyes on, the storm or the Saviour. This song always challenges yet encourages me to call upon Jesus in every situation.

For Paul and Silas that night, all their chains were broken and they were free from the jail through worship. I don't know what season you are in, and I don't know what your story is, but I believe that pain can be a prison or a platform - for Paul and Silas, it was their platform.

My favourite part of both this story and song are the parts that talk about the impact on those around us. Through our worship and our voices we can begin to break the chains of others around us. Certainly not by any means of our own, but through the Holy Spirit in us. With Him working through us I believe we can change a City, a Nation through declaring the Name above all Names...Jesus!

“Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” Acts 16:26

Written by Simon Huggon

The Power of Praise Devotional - Sunday 22nd October 2017

"Not Today" by Hillsong UNITED

One of my favourite songs at the moment is Not Today by Hillsong United because it reminds me that even if I can't choose my season I can always choose a song to sing through it.

It’s important for us to realise that whatever situation we are in, we can win the battle with our words - for the power of life and death are in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)

Indeed, we see David put this into practice in Psalms 43:5 when he says;

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my saviour and my God”

If you’re going through a tough season, don't allow a wilderness season to be a wasted one but out of it let a song of hope and faith arise in your heart.

I encourage you today to “sing the night into the morning”.

Written by Daniel McDonald