Every generation has a buzzword. In the 90s, the word was networking. It was not really what you knew, but rather who you knew that was important.
The ultimate form of networking in the Kingdom of God is developing a life of praise. Praise is a direct connection with our heavenly Father.
Praise demands us to change—from focusing on ourselves to focusing on God.
Take a moment and ask yourself: "Do I delight in praising God? Am I networking with heaven, or am I tangled up in the world's demands and pressures?"
The Bible tells us the angels are praising God, singing, "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" (Revelation 5:12).
Praise demands us to change—from focusing on ourselves to focusing on God. However, many times we resist change for various reasons. We think change will be too hard or too painful.
We may fear the unknown and prefer to stay in our comfort zones. However, praising God has a positive impact on our lives. Our attitudes, relationships, perceptions, and even our desires change. When we take time to praise our Savior, we will find it nearly impossible to harbor anger, bitterness, and resentment toward others.
As we praise God, He takes our anger and replaces it with compassion. He destroys our bitterness and replaces it with mercy. When we praise God in the midst of our difficulties, we find our eyes turned toward the Lord. We find healing for our discouragement, despondency, and grief.
Our eternal destiny is in heaven with our magnificent Lord and Savior, who desires our praise and worship. You don't have to wait until eternity to network with God. You can do this right now as you rejoice in His love and delight yourself in His presence.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, increase my awareness of You. You are worthy of my full attention! Thank You for the joy You give me in Your presence (Psalm 16:11). I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praise of your name, O Most High" (Psalm 9:2).
Learn more in Dr. Michael Youssef's sermon Empowered by Praise, Part 2: LISTEN NOW