Monday, April 13, 2009

The power of Praise

Praise is a powerful tool.

Praise redirects us, it motivates us; like a calm lullaby it soothes us and like a trumpet blast it leads us into victory.

Why do we praise?

  • Because God is worthy, He deserves it. He ordained praise for Himself, "from the lips of infants and children you have ordained praise." (Psalm 8:2)

  • Because praise changes things. "I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue...but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!" (Psalm 66:17-20)

  • Because praise leads us into battle and helps us to claim victory. 2 Chronicles 20 gives us a vivid picture of the role praise plays in battle. There the people Judah are facing war against a mighty army. They do not know what to do but ask for God to guide them, they stand before the Lord and there they find encouragement. On the day of the battle "they begin to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated." (2 Chron 20:22)

  • Praise changes our perspective. When the psalmist was trying to understand why there is injustice in the world and why the ungodly succeed he turned to God. This is his response, "When I tried to understand all this it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God." (Psalm 73:17) Being in God's presence shifted his outlook.

We don't praise God only when things are going great, we also praise when things are bad. Praise takes our eyes off our problems and glorifies him instead.

We don't praise Him solely because He's blessed us but simply because He is good.

If we don't praise the rocks will cry out in our place. All creation testifies to who He is. When the disciples were praising Jesus, to the point of other's embarrassment, Jesus replied, "I tell you if they keep quiet the stones will cry out." (Luke 19:40) He will be praised; I don't want my role as a worshipper to be taken by a rock.

God wants us to be worshippers because He knows the powerful role that worship should play in our lives.

How do we get our praise on?

  • We blast the music. When we fill my homes with the sounds of His love and goodness the sounds of stress and frustration are silenced.

  • We change our perspective. We make a deliberate choice not to dwell on the things going on around us, but choose instead to focus on Him.

  • We see this as a fight we can win. Let's face it, we do have a real enemy who would prefer us not to praise and who doesn't want God to receive His due glory. When we engage in this fight there will be opposition, we must hold fast to the reminder that the one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
I challenge you today to get your praise on, turn it up and sing it loud. Who cares what the neighbors think or if your children start to believe you really are crazy, just tell them you are fighting a battle that you know you can win.
Finally, something to think about today: This is your victory that overcomes the world, even your faith, and praise is the voice of faith. It is faith rejoicing for victories claimed in advance...This is the most poweful weapon you can use against [the enemy]. Frances J. Roberts in Come Away my Beloved.
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  1. Amen! Wonderful post and I am encouraged to "get my praise on!!" What a powerful tool God has given us through praise. Thanks for a great reminder.

  2. Great great post! I love this: This is his response, "When I tried to understand all this it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God." I hold on so tight to that verse...I must or I myself would be overwhelmed with being oppressed by wickedness in our midst.

  3. Wow, what an awesome post ... and reminder to get my praise on. I love that passage in 2 Chron 20; it's been a favorite for a very long time. I think I'm going to jot down that Psalm about entering the sanctuary of God and have that be my memory verse for the week. Thanks!


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