Say it aloud, "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."(Psalm 34:1 NKJV)
As a Christian, How many times have you considered Praise as a powerful tool to reach God? How many times have you praised God instead of complaining? How many times have you let praise be your joy? And finally, how often do you praise?
As a revelation, it is amazing when God draws your attention to something of less significance to you, and point it to be the solution to a problem! There is Power in praising God, and also, in praise, God is commanded to move, and to fulfill His words.
An example of the power of praise is this; "When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God, and you will be saved from your enemies." (Numbers 10:9 NKJV). Here, praising God puts our remembrance as His first priority!
WHAT IS PRAISE?
Praise is worship in a loud voice, a total support with God regardless of the physical outcome. Praise is to edify, magnify, exalt, and give an unlimited worship to God.
In the Webster dictionary, praise is defined as;
1. The act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation;
2. The offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God.
3. The state of being approved or admired: The king lived in praise for many years.
4. To express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.
5. To offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song.
In psalm 34, which is the model we will use today, King David was intrigued at discovering the power of praise. His sharp division of the good from the bad was identified. A good, humble and upright person recognizes praise and is glad (v2), but to the wicked and evil ones, praise makes them sad. Why? The wicked have demons, the spirit of Satan whose job was relieved for failure to praise God (Isaiah 14:12-15). This scripture should be a warning to all who think that without them others will not succeed! Do not be fooled, God has a plan!
Pure praise brings all that are humble into fellowship. It draws from the lovers of God, and gladdens their heart. For every believer, praise should be a remedy for all woes, pains, loss and fears. "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 34:2,3 NKJV).
Praise in the churches should be an invitation into the presence of God, and your participation is a revelation of you obedience and humility to God, and as such, a prophecy to your testimonies.
THE REASONS TO PRAISE:
There are various reasons we should praise God.
(1). He alone is God, and created us for praise. (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
(2). God alone answers all prayers."I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
(Psalm 34:4 NKJV) When prayers are answered, fears stops.
(3). Staying in the presence of the Lord brings a fullness of joy. This joy is eternal, unending and original. It generates a testimony that empowers other believers. "They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles." (Psalm 34:5,6 NKJV). Without a doubt, God gives each man according to the desires of our heart. What do you believe God for? Praise Him!
(4). God alone is our protection. He commanded towards us both good and bad. To them that fear Him, "The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them."(Psalm 34:7 NKJV) No wander the bible says, "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36 NIV)
Praise has an unending power. It transforms the person in praise, and changes their knowledge about God. It reveals to them the true character of God. It molds their characters by removing fear, doubt and negative ideology. Praise builds integrity and increases faith. David summarized it this way, "Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it." (Psalm 34:11-14 NKJV). Living a fulfilled life commands us to walk in the fear of God. At least, this will release His promises on us according to His word.
Praise is the key. It is our brokenness before the great God, an unending desire to make Him happy, even if we are not clean enough. Praise measures us up to Him since it brings His words back to Him. God is in love with anyone that can praise Him, and you even more! Always remember the faithfulness of God and stay in it. It is written that, "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all." (Psalm 34:17-19 NKJV)
God bless you today as you begin to use your trumpet, your voice to praise God!
- Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
THE POWER OF PRAISE