When someone says he or she is in a bad place it means that things are not going well. It means that they are in a place where the physical, the emotional or the spiritual environment is not good. Many of us have found ourselves in such a terrible place. Being in a bad place is definitely not where God wants us to be. I was praying the other morning when I kept hearing in my spirit “Stay where praise abounds.” This beautiful recommendation opened my eyes to the reality of where the Lord wants us to be. Staying where praise abounds is more than staying in a place where there is worship and praise. Let’s explore the stunning place where the Lord wants us to be.
First of all we need to remember that any place where praise abounds is a place where the Lord is. God wants us to be in a place where we are aware of His presence and where His presence is abundant. Reaching such a great place is possible through praise first and foremost. He does inhabit the praises of His people. Get into praise mode anytime and you will bring the Spirit down so to speak. Praises are like a magnet for the Holy Spirit. He loves our praises. He knows how good they are for us and how much they can clear up the air. When you are in a bad place, pack your sorrow bags and move to the place of praise. It is a place of peace and positive change.
Staying where praise abounds also implies staying positive. Praises are positive utterances. They show we recognize God’s goodness and therefore we keep a positive attitude. When the going gets tough try all you can to stay positive where praise abounds. Do your best to cling on to the positive character of God. Stay where He is. Don’t follow the lead of those who love to stay in a miserable mindset. Lock yourself in the presence of the Lord. Stay where praise abounds and you will get a boost.
Staying where praise abounds starts with stepping out of the bad place and stepping into a setting where hope is high and faith is kept. You can get there by making sure you surround yourself with people that are positive, people that will lift up your spirits and people that will help you. However, it is important to note that the suggestion is to stay and not to go so we are already in a place of praise and our goal is to stay in it. We are there but when something tries to steal our joy it feels like we have left that place. We do leave it in many instances but that place is where we started off if we have a relationship with the Lord. We may not be aware of it but it is our legal resting place In Jesus’ name. Friend, don’t let the adversity move you from your place of praise. When you take a trip outside of the God abiding place, turn back around and return where the praise is! Stay where praise abounds!
Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 10:21; Psalm 22:3; Psalm 50:23