Praise

In Exodus when Moses is having his trouble with Pharaoh with letting his people, the children of Israel, leave Egypt, God has promised Moses to harden Pharaoh’s heart against letting the people of Israel go out of Egypt. God enacts a series of plagues to show Pharaoh his power. God instructs Pharaoh through Moses to “let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness” (Ex. 7:16). Over and over, God uses this phrase. He doesn’t tell Pharaoh to release them from bondage so they would stop suffering, be delivered, or prosper. Yes, he eventually wanted all of these to happen, but it’s not his initial purpose. He brought them out so HIS name would be praised. We were created to praise. Psalm 150:6 says “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Hebrews 13:15 calls for us to “continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God.”

Maybe you’re in bondage to your sin; to your past; to your circumstances; to your outlook. God wants to deliver you from what you’re dealing with; he does. But it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for you to do what you want to do. There’s more to it than that. Give him some praise.

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