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

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

    • March 31

      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

      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

      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

    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

    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…🙏🏻

  4. March 31

    Wouldn’t it be a great habit for me to develop, that each time I am feeling stuck or challenged, I challenge my self to think what worship song or hymn would be appropriate for the situation and sing it if possible, or recite it in my head if not? A good challenge for me!

  5. March 20

    Dear Beloved in Christ.
    I pray that the Grace and Blessing of the Lord be upon you, your family and your Ministry in Jesus Name Amen.
    As a man of God I have strong love for the word of God, And I have been pastoring for some years now, And God have be using me and my wife to give people life a meaning, God have been using us to organize a none governmental orphanage home, because of my wife heartfelt compassion she have for the orphans, she went out collecting children without parents, some of the children my wife is caring for their mother died the very day she gave birth to them.
    We also found some children in the bush, some in the street, their mother throw them away because of poverty, and they felt that they cannot take care of the child.
    People in my community call my wife [ A WOMAN OF TRUE LOVE ] myself and my wife have been doing a great work trying to give this orphanage children a life a meaning, and we are also preparing this children for God’s Kingdom.
    My Beloved in Christ as a man of God I have organize a crusade in different Villages in my Community of which many of our brothers and sisters, men and women were saved, the only challenges we experience in the crusade is that, majority of our brothers and sisters, men and women that attend the crusade did not come with Bible, They plead to me to help them get a Holy Bible, my Heart was broken when I found out that majority of the people that attend the crusade did not have a bible, Beloved there is no way a true Christian can grow perfectly without reading a bible, Please I am using this opportunity to write to your ministry to help us with bibles to give to the people of my community, please kindly help us with Giant print Bible KJV with leather back bond , these type of bible will serve the people of our community longer, Please send as many as you can afford to send to us, And we will appreciate it with all our heart, God Almighty will continue to bless you, bless your family and bless your ministry in Jesus Name Amen.
    I shall be grateful if my request is granted, Thanks and God bless you richly.
    PASTOR OSAHON

  6. March 31

    Amen

  7. April 17

    Yes, our praise should be to look beyond our problems to GOD’S resulting victory.

    Thank you JESUS. TVJ

    Yes, our praise should be rooted in the trustworthiness of GOD.

    When praises go up, the blessings come down.

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