Praise Breaks the Power of the Curse


Whoever presents a thank [praise] offering honors me. To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver
Psalm 50:23 (NET)

Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
James 1:2-3 (NKJV)
[Jesus] is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.
Hebrews 7:25 (NLT)


Earlier this week, I woke up remembering the words of Psalm 50, verse 23. I received them as God’s instruction for the day. Clear and simple. Give thanks and sing songs of praise. Later in the day when feeling discouraged and tired, I remembered this instruction. I began singing. I began walking. The Spirit gave me a new song. As I sang the words, I felt strength in my body and joy in my heart.

I’ve been meditating on the above Scriptures and the words of my song all week, asking God for additional understanding. I’m sharing these words with you so that if you desire, you may meditate on them this weekend, as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus, our Savior and Lord.

For those of you who, like me, tend to become despondent, may the words of this song renew your faith and increase your joy in Jesus.


PRAISE BREAKS THE POWER OF THE CURSE

Praise breaks the power of the curse
God puts Satan in reverse
Our gracious, loving Father
Protects his sons and daughters

Praise breaks the power 
Praise breaks the power
Praise breaks the power of the curse

Praise breaks the power of the curse
God puts Satan in reverse
The yoke of sin is broken
Prison doors stand open

Praise breaks the power 
Praise breaks the power
Praise breaks the power of the curse

Praise breaks the power of the curse
God puts Satan in reverse
From the cross there's flowing
Strength and grace and healing

Praise breaks the power 
Praise breaks the power
Praise breaks the power of the curse

Praise breaks the power of the curse
God puts Satan in reverse
Don't yield to despondency
Celebrate Christ's victory

Praise breaks the power 
Praise breaks the power
Praise breaks the power of the curse

Praise breaks the power of the curse
God puts Satan in reverse
By faith receive his gift to us
Dress in Jesus' righteousness

Praise breaks the power 
Praise breaks the power
Praise breaks the power of the curse

Praise breaks the power of the curse
God puts Satan in reverse
With faith continue singing
Our Lord is interceding

Praise breaks the power
Praise breaks the power
Praise breaks the power of the curse

How Gratitude Reduces Depression


Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.
 He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. (James 1:17 NLT)
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)




In last week’s post, I shared something about my struggles with depression. I wish I could say that every time I became depressed, I recovered totally and instantly. With no effort on my part. It’s simply untrue. Sometimes, I hang out with ‘Friend’ depression for quite a while before I can shake her off.

Expressing gratitude is one of the actions I take to help me recover energy and joy. When I wake up, I may not feel thankful. I might feel more like complaining. Would it help me to complain? Am I being dishonest if I, instead, give thanks? It helps me to remember that gratitude is an attitude, not a feeling. It’s a choice I can make regardless of how I feel.

When I heard that the weather forecast for today, April 1, is snow, I did not feel happy. I wanted warm sunshine. I could have chosen to complain. Instead, I found the above photo of crocuses in my garden and focused on it. Each spring, these flowers work their way up through the wintry soil and dried leaves and delight my heart with brilliant color. I think it pleases my generous, gift-giving Father in heaven when, on a snowy spring day, I chose to smile and give thanks. When I do so, my heart begins to feel lighter.

Here’s the list of gratitude statements I’ve written so far, today. They are primarily simple things that can easily be overlooked.

  • Even though I walk slower and I can’t walk as far as I used to do, I still have the ability to walk.
  • My sharp and usually accurate sense of smell brings me joy. The aroma of peanut butter on toasted bread, which my husband prepared in the kitchen, whet my appetite for breakfast.
  • I had enough freshly ground coffee to make a cupful this morning. My 4-cup coffee maker worked perfectly, thanks to reliable electric power in my neighborhood.
  • The ability to make an easy-over egg without breaking the yoke made me feel happy. I’m thankful for the cooking skills I learned when younger.
  • I treasure my husband’s presence and feel deeply grateful for his desire and willingness to discuss a portion of Scripture and pray with me, again today. He values my insights. I value his.
  • In this eighth decade of life, my fingers are still flexible and I can move them quite rapidly over my computer keyboard, as well as my piano keys.
  • I can put up with the slight discomfort of support hose and will choose to be thankful for them today, knowing I need them.
  • My cataract surgery was successful, I need glasses only for reading, and I can pay for prescription eye drops for my dry eyes!
  • It’s been easy to think of the good in today and in writing these statements down, I feel encouraged.
  • How can my heart not feel grateful?