We make the choice to give authority to God or to our enemy. This is done through our praise.
When we think of the word “praise” we probably associate it with God, and we absolutely should. However, we give our praise to whatever we think has the most power in our lives. We can know that God is all-powerful and eternal, and still give praise to our temporary situations. Another way to say this is we give glory to our situations or to God.
In the Bible one of the definitions for the word “glory” is weight. When we give glory to things and circumstances, instead of God, they become heavier and more powerful in our lives. As a result they become harder and harder to carry on our own. What we are really doing is glorifying Satan and his work.
When we give the devil glory, we give him license in our lives. 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” So, when we try to carry our own cares, worries and anxieties, then speak them out loud, he is given authority by us to bring those worries into fruition.
When we give the devil weight, he throws the weight back on us. That’s why Psalm 29:2 instructs us to “Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord glory and strength.” We shouldn’t waste our breath giving praise and glory to our worries and doubts. We should give glory to God our Father knowing that He is our strength.
Psalm 55:22 says “Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you, He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”
When we stop trying to carry our own burdens (cares, fears, sins) and give them to the Lord, He does exactly the opposite of the devil. When we give our weight to our Father, He carries it for us.