Daily Devotion

February 15, 2024

Create The Right Atmosphere

“And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.” 1 Samuel 16:23


For you to be used by God and to live a life that is pleasing to Him, you need to create the right atmosphere. Have you ever noticed that emotions create atmospheres? If someone is sad and you walk into the room with them, you feel that sadness. If someone is fearful or angry about something, without having to say a word, they project those negative emotions into the room's atmosphere. 


There is an amazing story in the Old Testament about King Saul. In our day and age, King Saul would have been diagnosed as manic depressive. He had fits and times when waves of darkness and depression would take over his mind. But when this happened, he would make a strange request. He would ask for David to come and play his harp. When David entered the room and filled the place with praise, Saul would return to a place of peace again. 


Even when things you are praying for aren’t changing yet, you can still control the atmosphere of your life through praise.


God is drawn to atmospheres of praise. In Acts 16, Paul and Silas had just been severely flogged and thrown into prison for praying deliverance over a slave girl who was involved in witchcraft and fortune-telling. Crowds of angry people wrongfully claimed they were throwing the city into an uproar. You would have thought that the atmosphere of that jail cell would have been one of discouragement and fear. But Paul and Silas were in the jail singing hymns to God! This attracted God’s attention so much that He sent a violent earthquake to break the prison doors open to release them. This atmosphere impacted even the jailer, who fell at their feet and asked how he could be saved. 


When you praise the Lord, even when circumstances look bad, you confuse the strategy of hell. When you praise the Lord, you attract the presence of God, and when He shows up, your situation will begin to change. Psalm 34 reveals the key to living your life correctly: “I will always praise the Lord. I will constantly speak His praises. I will boast only in the Lord…Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy.” What atmosphere are you creating today?


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