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Welcome to the last week of our series on stopping negative internal chatter, this week we’re replacing negative inside chatter with praise! We’ve arrived at the last stop in Paul’s to-think list of Phil. 4:8:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
As if the other items on the list weren’t enough, Paul adds this “little” idea that we are to think on things that are praiseworthy. In my mind, it’s easy to look at this list and think that Paul had an order. First, whatever is true. Then whatever is honorable… and the list goes on chronologically.
Or it may seem like this is our check-off list of criteria. If we think about anything other than this list, then we MUST be sinning. ahem.
But though I have no proof of my philosophy on Paul’s recommended list, I feel like he was saying: “If your thoughts meet any one topic of this list, you’re in good shape. And this last one of praise- icing on the cake!”
Matthew Henry mentions that this word, praise, means as “worthy of commendation.”
When I think about the One who is worthy, the praise swells in my heart and my spirit is lifted. When I praise Jesus, I feel incapable of concentrating on anything else and that praise then carries me through the battle of negative internal chatter.
Praising Jesus overpowers potential negativity!
To close out our series, I thought I would give you a list of some of my favorite praise songs that stop negativity in its tracks. Satan will NOT hang around where Jesus is being praised, so if your desire is to truly stop the negative internal chatter, then I believe praising God is the highest weapon in your arsenal.
The first song in the list tells the story of Paul and Silas deep in the jail cell, bodies broken and in pain, hearts fully in tune with their glorious Savior. If you don’t have time to listen to all the list, just watch the first one today. You’ll be so glad you did! In no particular order, 7 Praise Songs to Shut Down Negative Inside Chatter.
1. I Bless Your Name- Brooklyn Tabernacle
2. I Am Redeemed– Big Daddy Weave
3. The New Doxology – Integrity! Praise
4. If I’m Gonna Praise Him, You’ve Got to Give Me Some Room– Michael O-Brien
5. Revelation Song– Anthony Evans
6. Total Praise – Brooklyn Tabernacle
7. Shackles – Mandisa
Bloggers, thanks for linking up this Whimsical Wednesday- any encouraging post is great!
And I’d really love to know:
What praise music do you enjoy in order to knock out internal negative chatter?