Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 14 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day nineteen with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, have been set free to praise God.
Free To Praise God
“Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.”
Psalm 142:7 (NIV)
How readily do you praise people for who they are and what they accomplish? What makes you feel more free to do that? Are there times when it feels like you are holding back on your praise of God? Why? How difficult is it to praise someone when you feel guilty about your relationship with them? How does being set free through forgiveness help you to praise? Are there times when the prison of specific sins makes it difficult for you to praise God? How does an accurate look into God’s Word free you to praise Him?
Praise can be a fickle thing in the lives of many people. Too often we limit our praise-giving based on how we feel rather than on the “praise worthiness” of who we ought to praise. We even limit our praise because we don’t feel worthy to offer it. When God sets us free from the prison of sin, we should experience the freedom of offering praise where praise is due. As you pray, ask God to fill you with praise as you contemplate the freedom He has brought into your life. Pray that you would share the freedom you have in Christ as you share praise with others. Pray that you would know the goodness of God.