2. Focus your attention on Him through praise and worship.
Now that I've acknowledged Him by declaring who He is—my refuge, my strength, my hope—what am I going to do with it? I'm going to focus my attention on Him through praise and worship.
I worship Him, saying, "Lord, because You are my strength and refuge, I worship You. Jesus, I glorify You. You've brought me through dark trials before, and You'll bring me through this one. You're the same God yesterday, today and forever. I worship You, Lord, in the midst of this trial. I thank You, Lord, that You're going to bring me through this, Jesus. You're so faithful."
Remember when Paul and Silas were in prison? They were not only chained; they had also been severely beaten. Most likely their prison cell was infested with rats, and diseases were rampant.
I can imagine Paul looking at the burns on his hands from the chains and the cuts all over his body. He and Silas were hurting, and their lives were in jeopardy. But what did they do? Instead of getting depressed and complaining, they began to praise God.
I can just hear them lifting their voices to God in praise in the midst of their desperation, saying, "We worship You, Lord. We worship You, Jesus. Thank You for Your presence. Thank You for Your strength. We love You, Lord."
It caught the attention of heaven, and God sent an earthquake to deliver them!
Likewise, the ears and eyes of heaven will bend toward you as you focus on Him through praise and worship.
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