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Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4 NKJV)
Have you ever really stopped to consider what’s in a praise? There are numerous scriptures in the bible about praise—most specifically, about praising God…
Why do we praise God?
- I praise you, God, because “You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you” (Nehemiah 9:6).
- I praise you, God, because you are “the LORD, and there is no other; apart from [you] there is no God” (Isaiah 45:5).
- I praise you, God, because “who is like you, LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you” (Psalm 89:8).
- I praise you, God, because “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” (1 John 4:16).
- I praise you, God, because my salvation and my honor depend on you, oh God; you are my mighty rock, my refuge. (Psalm 62:7)
- I praise you, God, for “you are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among all the peoples” (Psalm 77:14).
Remember how the walls of Jericho fell. Jericho’s walls were impregnable to the naked eye. (Joshua 6:1) Are there some walls in your life that are preventing you from getting to your promise? God then promised the children of Israel the victory.(Joshua 6:2) He shifted their eyes from the visible to the invisible and gave them instruction on how to defeat the enemy. Faith, obedience and praise brought the walls of Jericho down. (Joshua 6:3-5)
Remember how King Jehoshaphat defeated an innumerable army. God promised to be with them in battle. (2 Chronicles 20:15-17) Has God given you the promise of victory in the midst of innumerable odds? Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. (2 Chronicles 20:22)
Let us not forget Paul and Silas. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. (Acts 16:25-26)
“I will bless the LORD at all times…”
King David said, “I will bless the LORD at all times. His praise shall continually be within my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1) Shepherd, musician, renowned warrior and king. God saved David’s life on several occasions. Granted him numerous victories in war and restored his family and possessions in his darkest hours. That is why he made such a declaration.
We really don’t know how powerful the most holy praise is. But from our bible readings—it is very powerful. We do know that God never changes. And it is written “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 23:3 KJV)
When we hit that impossible wall remember these three things:
- You must shift your focus from your circumstances to faith in God’s word and precious promises. Then do your part in obedience and praise.
- The circumstances you are in may make a solution look absolutely impossible. But if God be for you, He is more than the world against you. So praise your way to victory.
- If life’s hard knocks and bumps are holding you in their prison cell—pray and praise your way out. Paul and Silas did.
Then you will find that whatever you were crying about you should be praising about. Because when praises go up—Blessings do come down. You can be blessed in spite of your circumstances—even while you’re in the midst of them! Your praise is a formidable weapon that can tear down any wall; no matter how wide, high or deep. Because there is no one or nothing that is greater than the God of our praise!
Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week…Blessings and Peace!
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