How Praise Changes the Atmosphere

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The sun was still asleep.

I had to take my husband, Jeff, to the airport at 5:45 a.m., so even this early bird couldn’t have an appropriate quiet time with God. I read a quick Psalm, didn’t do my usual praise song before I read, and did not have a chance to pray.

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When we got into the car, Jeff plugged in his phone and his playlist of old 70’s tunes. I was not ready to start my morning off with Led Zeppelin or Journey but then he said, “Hold on a minute” and fast-forwarded to a string of songs penned by our worship band at church.

“Surprised?” he asked.

“Yes, a little, but thankful.”

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As we traveled to the airport, with praise music as a backdrop, we prayed for my husband’s journey, a difficult one as he will be helping his sister and ailing husband drive from Sarasota, Florida to Indianapolis, where our brother-in-law will be evaluated for a lung transplant.

As I left the airport, I continued in a spirit of prayer and praise, when I thought, Maybe I’ll stop and pick up some donuts for the kids. Both boys and my oldest son’s girlfriend are still in town for the holiday. When I walked into the donut shop, I was nearly knocked over by the one of my favorite praise songs, “Hosanna,” sung by artist Kari Jobe. Should I get chocolate glazed, blueberry, raspberry filled…? I could hardly concentrate on the selection because the music affected the atmosphere in that little shop. It saturated every fiber of my being and made a simple task like buying donuts— a worship experience.

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When we lift up our praises to God, it makes a difference. It can transform the environment in our home, in a place of business like a little donut shop, or in our cars. Years ago, when I was down about our move to North Texas, I used to play praise music in my bathroom as I got ready for the day. Taking the focus off my problem and onto God immediately lifted my spirit. The worship songs invited the presence of the Lord into my house, leaving no room for depressed thoughts.

In Psalm 100:1–2, the Bible says, “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” The Psalm adds, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (Psalm 100:4).

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As we close out the Thanksgiving holidays, won’t you thank God for his faithfulness to you, in good seasons and in bad? Will you praise him for your family, a roof over your head, and for food in your refrigerator?

Here’s a promise. When you sing praises to God, the atmosphere around you will change. (LBW)

Categories: Devotion of the Week

2 comments

  • Gerry Wieding

    Hi Lisa, It is so great to catch up with you. I love your devotion of the week. It is so true about praise and worship music changing your whole atmosphere. I learned this many years ago. Singing out of obedience not because I felt it and my mood, feelings and etc changed into joy of the Lord. So your devotion is a great confirmation for me. I love it……….. My daughter, Beverly, and I checked this evening if you were on Facebook and there you were. I had heard you were in ministry from my brother Sam in San Antonio. I have asked them off and on if they ever hear about you. He thought he heard you had moved so he googled you and found out you were in ministry. He gave me the info recently. So I am sooo excited and happy for you and your family as well as all who hear you on the radio and also your books. I am sure they are blessed………. I saw where Kyle is in Austin. He is such a handsome man. ………..Well, I hope to hear from you soon.
    Gerry

    • lbworley

      Hi Gerry! I was just thinking about you the other day and wondering whatever happened to you. Yes, we are now living near Flower Mound, Texas (DFW area) and I am in full-time ministry. I have authored or co-authored six books with another one on the way and speak at various events. I also do a Christian radio show and work part-time for another ministry, Roaring Lambs. I am at work today, so here is my email for future contact: lisabworley@pearlsofpromiseministries.com. I’d love to receive your update. Blessings, Lisa

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