Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,
Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel,
when the people willingly offered themselves.
Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes;
I, even I, will sing unto the Lord;
I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.
– Judges 5:1-3
4) Deborah was a woman of praise. The victory was won and Deborah was quick to give God the glory for it. She was so full of praise and rejoicing that she even composed a song for the occasion! And throughout Judges 5, she not only praised the Lord herself, but she encouraged others to praise Him as well.
Personally, I believe praise is unfortunately absent from my life. Maybe you’re in the same condition. I hear who God is and I see what He has done… but I take it for granted all too often. I don’t stop to think of Him and His character in awe or reverent joy; I merely accept them and move on. And that’s really too bad! It’s bad enough to take the people you love for granted; how much worse to take your Creator and Savior for granted! Praise is a choice. It must be done intentionally! Will you join me in trying to follow Deborah’s example and become a woman of praise?
- As Christian women, we are to be defined solely by God’s will as laid out in Scripture.
- We need to share His Word– with the lost (Matthew 28:19-20), and with other believers (Hebrews 3:13).
- We are to seek the good of our husbands/others above our own.
- We are to pursue wisdom by spending time in God’s Word, getting to know the Author, and learning to fear Him (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 2:1-5).
- We must embrace God’s design for femininity.
- We must cultivate a steadfast faith (I Corinthians 16:3).
- We’re commanded to praise God! He is worthy! (Psalm 106:1, 112:1, 113:1, 149:1, 18:3; Revelation 4:11)
I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes. – Bob Goff