THE PRAISE THAT WORKS

Praise is more than saying beautiful rhymes filled with the name Jesus, halleluiah and Amen. Praise is more than the act of dancing beautiful dance steps in church. Praise is more than what we do because we have been told that we ought to turn to praise when all else- prayers, seed sowing etc. have failed.

Point of correction, prayer, seed sowing, service etc. all have their place in touching the heart of God. They do not fail because nothing given to us to do by God has failure in its DNA. We are the reason these methods seem to fail because most of the time, we lack the understanding of the workings of God.

Even praise and worship will still fail you if you do it without understanding. That is why psalm 47: 6- 7 says, “Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: SING YE PRAISES WITH UNDERSTANDING.

Understanding plays a great role in everything we doing in the name of the Lord or for the Lord. Proverbs 4: 7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” There is wisdom in praising God but you need an understanding of the why and how to enjoy the miracle working power in praise.

Why do/should we praise God?

In this world, it is normal to praise people for their attributes and achievements even though they are not perfect. Sometimes, even a man’s enemies are forced to praise him because as much as they hate him, they cannot but acknowledge that they have done well. Acts of the Apostles chapter 4: 16, is a testimony to this.

In order for God to qualify for our praises, we need to peep into who He is. We need to browse a little into His divine personality. To do this we must consult, not just our disappointments and testimonies alone but principally who His word says He is. According to the scriptures, He is our God (Ps 48:14). He is our king (Psalm 47: 7). He is holy (Ps 99:5, 9). He is merciful (Ex 34:6). He created us and all things (Re 4:11). In Him we live and move and have our being (Ac 17:28). He is the most powerful (Ps 29:4). He is love (1Jo 4:8). He is the almighty (Ge 17:1). He is the most glorious (Ex 15:11). In fact, if we decided to go on and on, then we would not finish listing the attributes of this God. According to Galatians 5: 22- 23, His Holy Spirit is full of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Now if God does not qualify for our praises, then who does?

The first reason therefore to praise Him is to honour Him for WHO He is. Until you acknowledge who He is, praising Him for what He has done or in advance for the miracle you desire is a waste of time.

How should we praise Him?

To everything, there is a how. In order to praise God rightly, we need to study the scriptures to see what He appreciates. In Matthew 15: 8, Jesus said, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” In other words, when your praise is just an anthem, mere words, they will not be accepted and it will be powerless. For your praise to be powerful, you need to do it out of deep, true love for God. He said, “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deut 6: 5). In other words, our praise has to be spiritual, emotional and physical. When we do it this way, psalm 67: 6- 7 assures us that “Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.”

When should we praise Him?

We ought to praise God, in season and out of season. Our praise must not be affected by our circumstances. It has to be our natural reaction to any situation. Job responded in Job 1: 21 by saying, “… Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” When Paul and Silas in Acts 16 found themselves in the prison, with their feet in stocks after a terrible beating for doing ministry under God’s direction, they praised God even in the dead of the night. That action gave them and every prisoner that night a miracle of deliverance. Not only that, the jailer and his family got saved. When we learn to praise God in season and out of season, we do not just get a testimony, we lead others out of their miseries into their own breakthroughs.

What should we use to praise Him?

Our mouths. Psalm 95:1 says, “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.”

Musical instruments. Psalm 150:3- 4 says, “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.”

Our substance. Proverbs 3:9 says “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:”

Our service in the house of God and among men. In Psalm 69:9, David said, “For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up”;

Child of God, praise has to become the air we breathe in and out. Let it become our life style. Praise works!

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