And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.      Mark 14:26

Praise is greatly honoring to God! In the Old Testament account of King Jehoshaphat, God’s people faced a seemingly insurmountable enemy who was determined to destroy them. Yet God assured them that they would “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” (2 Chron. 20:17). The people of Judah believed God. Their army was led by singers, offering praises to the Lord for their promised victory, and the victory came. When King David led the procession bringing the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem, he praised God with all of his strength (2 Sam. 6:12-23). David’s praise was pleasing to God, and God’s powerful presence remained in David’s kingdom to give him victory against every enemy.

Jesus was about to go to Gethsemane and to the cross, where God’s greatest victory would be accomplished. He led His disciples to sing a hymn. The disciples were all about to fail Him, and Jesus was about to be cruelly executed, yet Jesus insisted that they praise God. Their praise looked beyond the cross to God’s ultimate victory. Praise is rooted not in circumstances of the moment but in the nature and trustworthiness of God.

You ought to rejoice when God asks you to proceed in the work of His kingdom because you know the victory is already secured. Don’t focus on the problems and failures of others. Focus on God’s assurance of victory. If you have trouble praising God with a song in your heart as you serve Him, it may be that your focus is not on God, but on your circumstances.

  1. March 30, 2020

    Do you email the daily devotional? I would like to subscribe if you do.

    • March 31, 2020

      Hi Patti,
      Unfortunately, we only make it available on our website. You can also purchase a physical copy at blackabystore.org.
      Thanks,
      The BMI Team

    • March 31, 2022

      http://blackaby.org/category/devotional/

      Open that link in Chrome then hit the 3 dots in the upper right corner.
      From the drop down select add to home screen. The devotional of the day will appear every țime you click the link. Click on the message and the full message will appear

    • April 1, 2022

      They do have an app. I use it regularly. I just popped on the website to reread a couple of devotionals to remind myself and happened to see your question

  2. March 31, 2021

    Dear BMI Team,

    I wish you would consider emailing it. I have a physical copy of the devotional book, but I would love to have it sent to my email daily as well.

  3. March 30, 2022

    All Praise, Honor and Glory are Yours Holy God!!!

    I Love You. I Praise You, I Worship You, I Humble Myself Before You Father…Holy Abba…🙏🏻

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