“A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.” — Leviticus 6:13

I had the privilege of visiting the outback of Australia. I heard stories of the original Aboriginal people as they lived in the outback under very difficult circumstances. The nomad couple, who were the last left in the outback, were rescued as there was almost no water due to drought. The rescuers sent up smoke signals numerous times to try to locate the couple in the outback. Eventually the nomads responded with a weak smoke signal, and they were rescued and taken to safety.

The eyes of the Lord run to and fro through the earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (II Chronicles 16:9a). Psalm 22:3 talks about Him inhabiting the praise of His people.

I believe the fire we are to keep burning is not a physical fire, but rather our praises coming up from the altar of our hearts. The fire lets Him identify His child and come to their rescue.

Often we are in dire circumstances and need to signal the Lord our location. Of course He knows where each of His children are all the time, but Scripture does indicate He is looking for the worshipers, as well as those who are loyal to Him.

When you find yourself in special need of Him try filling the atmosphere with praise, even if you feel dry and don’t want to. As you start to praise it will be like the old pump many of us would primp when we lived, or visited, in the country. We had to pour some water into the pump, move the handle up and down, and then water would gush out. So it is with praise, primp the dry pump, and soon it will start to flow. Our fire of praise will signal our location and the Lord will rescue us just as the nomads were rescued.

Prayer: Lord, help me learn to keep the fire of praise going up to you. Help me learn to offer the sacrifice of praise even when I do not feel like it.

© Peggy Park

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