“Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”
God is my salvation. He is The Fountain of my strength, peace, hope, joy, my song and deliverance. In Jesus, The Messiah, we have wells–plural–of salvation. The implication in this verse is that in Him, we have endless ways for which to find and draw from what He supplies to us. It is with joy that we draw, because we have confidence and assurance that He is able to provide whenever we come to Him.
This is why praise is so important. Praise is the container that we draw with from The Wells of Salvation. Our praise should not be circumstantial or even dependent upon what is currently happening in our lives. Praise has to be ever present–always ready to reach into the presence of the Lord to receive whatever is needed.
“Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.”
My mind is drawn to the Fountains of Bellagio at the infamous grand hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. I’ve never been there, but to me it is a beautiful exhibition and example of how to continually draw water joyously from the endless wells of water that supply them, and to create exquisite fountains of joy.
In the same manner, when we are sick, we can draw out healing from The Well that God has made available to us. Therefore, when we are bound by the cares of our existence, we can draw out deliverance. When we are tormented by fear, worry or doubt, we can draw out peace. Provision has been made available to us through Jesus Christ. The joy that we draw with is held steady by our confidence that He will supply our needs according to His riches and glory.
Often times we view praise as something that we do in church when the music and singers are leading us. Corporate praise is important and should not be neglected, because there are many blessings that can only come through a unified front of magnifying God.
However, nothing can replace the unique breakthrough power that is available through the release of your own praise. That being said, your praise is a key to breaking many of the chains that have entangled you in your own life. No one has the anointing that you do for overcoming the specific obstacles that you face.
With your own praise, God has armed you with one of the best secret weapons for victory in this life. He made each our praise “patterns” unique, and therefore it is exclusively tailored for war in your own battles with the enemy. The specific sound, the distinct release, the peculiar affect, and your “way” in praise is your signature weapon to war against the adversary.
So, when you use your joy to “draw” from The Presence of the Lord, what you draw out is something particularly reserved for you. How powerful the gift of praise is that God has given you.
As ministers, we can use this vehicle of expressing our praise and it carries the same signature that is unique to you. There have been many times when I felt like walls were closing in all around me from the pressures of the world. The struggle was a fight that was specific to me at the time.
“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”
2 Corinthians 10:4
God, like a good Father and loyal battle partner, would always lead me back to praise and worship to “reset” my own atmosphere. He would show me how I could “draw” refreshing and release through the specific ministry that He had given me.
The Lord taught me how and made me skillful with the weapon that He armed me with. I learned that God had equipped me with a personal arsenal of artillery to use in the spiritual battles in my life. Ultimately, all of those weapons were ignited by my praise.
“Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, [and] my fingers to fight.”
As a minister, this principle has the potential to work in your life as well. However, it is your responsibility to “draw” from what God has made available.
Will you allow yourself to dive into the wells of water that God has provided in Jesus? Can you lose yourself in His presence and become skilled in the use of the secret armory that God has prepared for you? Why is this so important?
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
When we understand what Jesus has given us through the miracle of salvation, we realize that The Well is endless, timeless, boundless and ever flowing. What does this mean? Everything we need is in The Well! Healing, peace, joy, rest, restoration, refreshing, forgiveness, deliverance–everything that Jesus died to provide for humankind is in The Well that He has placed in each of us.
Life has its own way of throwing us into a tailspin. It would be an easy allowance to let circumstances weigh us down and dictate how we will react and feel. Sometimes we don’t have the strength to stand up against what we have to deal with in life.
Yet, if we learn that our praise is the reboot button for our strength in God, our secret weapon against an adversary who does not play fair, the “way” in which we draw from The Presence of the Lord, then we can always be prepared to get what we need to progress.
God has made a way for us to be refreshed, and it is through our praise. Praise on our lips, in our hearts, and in our dance. Use your own praise to continually draw from The Wells of Salvation, so that you can create beautiful fountains of joy in your own life.
“And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.”
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