God is light, (1 John 1:5), and He inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3). When we praise God, He comes down and brings light into us. Light dispels darkness. Our sinful nature is exposed so we can repent. Our confusion is dispelled so we can find our way. We can see Him more clearly so we can become like Him.
How many times have we thought, “God if you will do this for me, I will be so thankful!” We are requiring God to do for us first before we will come across with any appreciation for Him. It is easy to be thankful when we are wallowing in our blessings and everything is going our way. It brings more glory to God when we are thankful BEFORE we receive.
In Matthew 21, Jesus went to a fig tree to get something to eat and there were no figs on it. Of course, it wasn’t the season for figs, so it was very natural that there were no figs. But Jesus cursed the fig tree and it withered away. Now that doesn’t seem fair, after all it wasn’t fig season. It was natural not to have figs, but Jesus was looking for the supernatural. The Son of God had a right to expect fruit out of season. Whatever God asks of us, He will enable us to do it. When it saw Jesus coming, that fig tree should have put out figs. Aaron’s rod produced almonds when God asked for it (Num. 17:8). This fig tree could have produced figs on the spot. Perhaps the fig tree was having a bad day and didn’t want to put itself out. Perhaps it was fearful that it wouldn’t produce good enough figs for the Son of God, so better to produce none at all. Whatever God asks from us, He will enable us to do it and He will enable us to do it to His satisfaction.
So when we praise God in the midst of trials and difficulties, that is “fruit out of season” that we bring to the Son of God. In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were praising God in the prison at midnight. They were producing fruit out of season. Their praise brought the Light to the other prisoners. When the earthquake came and the doors were opened and the chains fell off, NOBODY left. Paul said, “We are ALL here” (Vs.28). They would rather stay in prison and enjoy the Light of God, than go free. How many times have you wished for a chance to witness for the Lord, wished someone would listen to you? When we praise God in season and out of season, His light will shine through us and others will see it and will want to know how they can have it, too.