Praise and Expectation
Psalm 81:1-5  Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!  Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre.  Sound the ram's horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;  this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.  When God went out against Egypt, he established it as a statute for Joseph.
As the Psalmist declares in the scripture above, when God rescued His people from Egypt, He commanded them by royal decree to begin music, play various instruments, sound trumpets and to give thanks. This wasn’t a whimsical idea but an ordinance God established, a decree for our behavior.
God often works to a soundtrack of worship and He loves to co-labor with His people. He tells us to praise, worship and give thanks while He is working or warring. We do this because we know He is worthy and because we trust Him. Praise before the battle is an act of faith and is therefore most pleasing to Jesus. It comes before the whole picture has been made clear or before we have seen complete victory. We get to be the soundtrack accompanying God’s amazing works. Let's make up our minds to fill that soundtrack with honor, praise, statements of faith and declarations about who our God is, even though we have not yet seen all of the answers.
When God spoke to Job about how He had created the earth, He revealed that as He was establishing the earth's foundations it was to the sound of angel choirs shouts and worship.
Job 38:6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
Likewise the Lord told Isaiah that He would destroy Assyria to the sound of Israel’s worshipping instruments.
Isaiah 30:31 The voice of the Lord will shatter Assyria; with his rod he will strike them down. 32 Every stroke the Lord lays on them with his punishing club will be to the music of timbrels and harps, as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.
While we are praising and celebrating our magnificent God He invites us to ask Him for great things, to open wide our mouths so that He can fill them.
Psalm 81: I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
We should grow bigger in our expectations. Along with the sound of praise we should also lift up our faith. Decide to bring a sacrifice of praise today, stretch yourself and defy your history, rebel against the ideas that say you can’t have anything more and ask Jesus with a shameless audacity and great expectation.
This potent mixture of praise and expectation pleases God and destroys any bondage, slavery and hopelessness. Put them into practice today.