The glory of God filled the house when the atmosphere was sanctified by thanksgiving and praise!
In Psalm 67:5-7 it says “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. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.”
The word for praise found here is an expression of thanks or praise; it is defined as a natural part of ritual or public worship, as well as personal praise to God. Notice the results when praise and thanks leaves the atmosphere: increase comes, which is a crop of wealth!
Praise and thanksgiving come first, then the increase follows! King Jehoshaphat understood this principle of cleansing the atmosphere with praise and thanksgiving to invite in God’s presence. (2 Chron. 20:21, 22)
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Praise and thanksgiving sanctifies the atmosphere so that He will do the miraculous! Thanksgiving is the highest expression of faith! The Word of God is full of examples of cleansing the atmosphere through praise and thanksgiving. May the Lord illuminate this truth so that each of us would embrace this secret of the Kingdom Life! Let’s daily examine our hearts in light of gratitude and let’s together release His glory in the earth. Let’s seek to live in His will!