Posted on February 18, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
“Open the gates, That the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.” Isaiah 26:2
Have you ever felt like you were living on the outside looking in? It is as if everyone else is thriving except you. There seems to be a lonely place that when we allow our emotions to take over, the isolation is deafening, and no one understands you. I believe God wants to break through those walls of isolation and allow us to “Enter in”. The key to entering in is praise.
O LORD, You are my God.
I will exalt You,
I will praise Your name,
For You have done wonderful things;
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. Isaiah 25:1
Isaiah seems to be trying to move God’s people away from destruction and into a right relationship with God. A restless soul that has experienced a lack of peace because they’ve isolated themselves from God will find itself in idol worship.
There are those times of feeling disconnected even while sitting in church. Sometimes even trying to read your Bible can seem futile because of this disconnect. If the door is stuck, then use the keys of Praise to “Enter In” to the presence of God. Exchange feelings for facts, falsehood for truth and trade your sorrows for joy. These are the benefits of Praise. God has to become everything we’re not; His ways need to replace our ways and we must allow our troubled soul to be ministered to by Him.
“Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:8,9
The idea of “Enter In” is an action on our part by responding to God who always is the initiator. I must believe he sees us struggle and suffer separation as our souls find trouble and become weary. Although our salvation is secure our spiritual state can be desolate and deprived of the Spirit of God. We’re prone to wander and find ourselves seeking earthly things to satisfy our longing soul. Only God can heal and nourish our souls. It’s His word that heals, but sometimes we need to be primed by praise to get us there. So if you’re feeling on the outside looking in, Praise Him and “Enter In”.
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: “God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.” ―
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. –Psalm 9:10
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