Sony’s Thoughts: Don’t Let the Battle Steal Your Praise

I’ve been feeling discouraged this week. It seems like whenever God does something good for me, the enemy quickly shows up to get my focus off of the good. Knowing that God desires my continual praise, I fight to get my eyes off of myself and back onto Christ where they belong but there are times I get weary of the constant fight.

I suppose if we were always happy and everything always went our way, we’d never see a need for God so I guess I should be thankful for the discouraging times of life and I am striving to praise my way to victory. The Hoppers sang a song years ago which said, “Don’t Let the Battle Steal Your Praise.” If there’s anything I could encourage you in today, it would be just that. Life is hard. There may be times when you don’t feel like singing but that’s when it’s most important that you sing. Satan will not stick around very long where Jesus’ name is mentioned. Whether in prayer or praise, the name of Jesus will send the enemy back where he belongs.

I’m writing to myself this morning but I suspect I’m not the only one under attack right now. If you’re a Christian who’s fighting discouragement or depression, be encouraged to know that satan would not be attacking you so vehemently if God weren’t using you or about to use you in some way. For myself, it’s hard to see that God is using me but I have to trust that He is or that He has a plan for me that I don’t yet see. I desire to be faithful so that I can most effectively fulfill that plan. Therefore, I will sing:

“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”
“His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.”
“I sing because I am not alone; I sing because one day I’m going Home where I shall sing for all eternity.”

Are you singing with me?

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  1. Thanks for being so transparent. It is my prayer that God will encourage you and that the good headed your way will discourage satan who we know has already lost (even if he can get licks in now and again).

    • Thank you for the prayers. I hesitate to write when I’m discouraged but I know everything happens for a reason and I pray God will use me to encourage others even in the midst of my storm.

      • Sony,

        While talking with many different people I meet, I find that if I listen long enough (or sometimes for just a minute or two!) that everyone has some trial they are walking through (ie. health, relationships, anger, doubt, fears, etc.) I’d probably start to wonder (worry?) if I talked with somebody that didn’t have a worry or trial in this life!

        Thank you for sharing, Sony. You are not alone. I love the words of comfort given in 2 Cor. 1:3-7. I know from experience that God has used my trials to encourage others, and He will use yours as well. Praying for you.

        Joy in the Journey with JESUS,

        -Mom for TGF

  2. There are only two times to praise the Lord, when you feel like it and when you don’t!

    • Where’s the “like” button? 🙂 You are absolutely right!