Power of praise
We have so much to praise God for, there’s great power in giving honour to Him. And many of you live that truth out, every single day of your lives. The Bible is filled with examples of praise when we see His power released – life-changing miracles, dramatic stories of the enemy being halted or defeated, hearts being changed and drawn closer to Him.
Yet, reality is that too often, daily struggles or constant life demands can crowd out our praise to God. And all the while, with souls distant and cold, we sing words, we listen to music, then we go home.
Sometimes, it really is a sacrifice to offer praise. We may not feel like it. We’re struggling. We’re weary. Or maybe, we feel like He let us down. We think God seems distant, like He’s far away, or doesn’t really care about what’s troubling us. Painful life blows and losses might have recently sent us spiraling.
Here’s what can make a lasting difference. When we make that decision to fix our eyes on Him, and daily give Him praise, no matter what’s staring us straight in the face, we suddenly realise that God has already begun to release the grip those struggles can have over us.
There’s power in our acknowledgement that He is worthy, above all else, of our worship and praise.His Spirit urges us onward, to press in close to Him. Doesn’t matter how good or “not so good” we feel like we can sing, doesn’t matter if we like upbeat worship, more reflective songs, or traditional hymns. Doesn’t matter if we’re alone, with a few, or in a big group. Doesn’t even matter whether we “feel’ like it or not. What matters is this – our hearts in tune with our Creator and King.
What the Power of Praise Can Do – 8 Things:
• Praise gets our focus off ourselves and back on God. In our often “selfie” focused world, we need this constant reminder – life is not all about us. We may know that in our heads, but yet our hearts think differently so often. We’re prone to selfishness, He desires our eyes be set firmly on Him, because that’s where our true hope is found. He is worthy of our praise, no matter what we face from day to day.
“Praise Him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!” Psa. 150:2
“And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.” Psa. 35:28
• Praise brings us to a place of humility. We remember our dependency on God, as we acknowledge our need for Him. As we praise Him as Creator and King of this world, we admit and recognise that we’re not in control, but He is. He is above all.
“Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psa. 95:2-3
“I will give you thanks in the great congregation: I will praise you among much people.” Psa. 35:18
• Praise makes the enemy flee. It pushes back the darkness the surrounds, and blocks the attacks and hissing lies over us. Evil will not stick around if we’re praising our God, who will fight our battles for us. In the story of Jehoshaphat, we see God miraculously defeat the enemy, because of the people’s obedience to praise Him.
“As they began 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.
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