Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us (Psalms 67:5- 6).
Today’s Morsel: Are we holding God hostage? Could we be preventing God from doing all the great things He desires to do for us because we have overlooked in the scripture the word, “Then?” I have noticed that often times in scripture, God doesn’t respond or do anything until we exercise our faith in and towards Him. The Red Sea wasn’t parted until the children went forth. The Jordan River didn’t part until the priest put their feet in. The battle wasn’t won until Moses' arms were held up. Paul and Silas weren’t set free from prison until they prayed and sang psalms. Lazarus wasn’t raised from the dead until they removed the stone. Sometimes we quickly quote 2 chronicle 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Have you noticed that there is a little word in there called, “Then”? God says, O’ I will forgive you of your sins and heal the land, but not until you humble yourself, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from your wicked ways. Notice what David says, “Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. “Then” shall the earth yield her increase, and God shall bless us. Do you need a blessing today? “Then” begin by praising God. What would you like for God to do on your behalf today? Just remember to do your part first and “Then” God will do His.
Sing: When the praises goes up, the blessings comes down; where sin use to dwell, his grace now abounds. There’s healing and hope, and love all around. When the praises goes up, the blessings come down.