Faith and praise
My family and I pray every night at 9pm, one of the hours of prayer. On Saturday, we read Job 1, the whole chapter. We each go around and share our thoughts about how the passage we read touched us, how it spoke to us. When my mom spoke, she focused in on v 21, He said, "I was born with nothing, and I will die with nothing. The Lord gave, and now he has taken away. May his name be praised." She talked about how amazing it was that Job was so faithful to God. Not only did he lose his wealth, his livestock, but lost his children, all of them, in one fell swoop. But instead of cursing God, like any one of us would do, Job praised the Lord. Such faith. It blew me away. She went on to tell us that we must praise God. Especially when times get bad. Don't complain, but praise Him. Don't curse Him, but praise Him. I found that to be so profound. It led me to the song by Marvin Sapp "Praise Him in advance". I just thought the messages were so amazing. In the song, he sings about how when times were so bad for him, the Spirit of God spoke to him and told him to praise the Lord because it would confuse the enemy and so he started singing, clapping and dancing and people were laughing at him because they knew he had some serious problems. He also went on to sing about how God knew of his problems and took them away. Why? Because he praised Him. The power of having faith in the Lord and the power of praise. Praise the Lord! Halleluia. Praise the Lord! Halleluia. Praise the Lord! Halleluia. Halleluia, amen.