Psalm 34:1, 4 NKJV
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.”
Praise is a devotion of thanksgiving, making known through worship what God has done in your life. Praise can be expressed in words (poetry), or through worship (songs). As a believer, we will concentrate in the area that gives us victory during adversity, trials or tribulations. As a weapon of warfare, praise has a divine power. It not only torments Satan and his demons, it also drives them away. As a matter of a fact, praise is powerful beyond limit when it comes to pulling down strongholds, and healing.
All powers belong to God, therefore all praises belong to Him. A person of praise and worship is a healthy person. With such partnership with God, victory is inevitable. Whenever praise goes up, blessings come down! Amen.
HOW DO I PRAISE?
This question was answered by king David in Psalm 34:1-3. He said; “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:1-3 NKJV). According to David, continual declaration of the many blessings of the Lord, is PRAISE! When you share what the Lord did, how He saved you, healed you, delivered you, etc, that is praise. Praising God should not be a one time thing, it should be daily and consistent.
As a church, it has been identified that where there is no effective worship or praise, miracles will not happen. This is to say that, God releases His powers in the presence of praise.
THE POWER OF PRAISE
The entire Bible recorded the physical manifestation of God’s power during praises. From the exodus crossing of the Israelites at the red sea (Exodus 15:20-21), to the fall of the Jericho walls (Joshua 2-4). The power of the entire Psalms is a result of its praise tones. King Solomon praised God with gifts, King David with psalms. With praise, goliath fell to the sword (1 Samuel 17). Healing and life was given to king Hezekiah (Isaiah 37:15-29).
Praise is a spiritual endowment. It commands impossibilities, and drives away fears. As a rule of engagement, we are reminded to “Rejoice always, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18-22 NKJV). A believer who does not see anything good can not thank God. This is lack of faith, since trusting God is the key to praise. When we are not into praise, the Holy Spirit that seals us is grieved, and if not revived, is quenched. As a character upgrade, holding on to doing good things, saying good things and representing your faith in good ways spreads praise.
WHY PRAISE THE LORD?
Praise Him (God) for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! (Psalm 150:2 NKJV). In the greatness of Your excellence You have overthrown those who rose against You; You sent forth Your wrath; It consumed them like stubble. (Exodus 15:7 NKJV). For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods. (1 Chronicles 16:25 NKJV). Blessed be the Lord, Because He has heard the voice of my supplications! (Psalm 28:6 NKJV). Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. (Psalm 63:3, 4 NKJV). These verses are but a few of the reason we should praise God. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)
Have you been blessed, healed, delivered, received promotion, saved from trouble miraculously? Have you received anything as a favor, gift, or reward? Have your children, parents or close friend been saved from danger? That is a reason to praise God.
You know, in today’s society, it is not in Vogue to be a good Samaritan! I read the other day that someone who played that role was sued by the person he was trying to help!!! Greed, impatience, varied biases have made us lose the closeness with our God. But do not be dismayed, continue to praise your way through. It will surely reap a reward. May God of our praise bless you today. Amen.
Scripture of the day: LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! ~ Psalm 8:1 NIV
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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