HAPPY NEW MONTH EVERYONE, MAY THIS MONTH BE A MONTH FILLED WITH PRAISES TO GOD FROM YOU IN JESUS NAME.
Not many people have even the slightest idea of how important it is to give praises to God. For so long, the power of praise has been underestimated. We place faith and prayer on high pedestals but forget praise is also very much important. We are so accustomed to hearing how powerful prayer is, with the likes of P.U.S.H…pray until something happens. How about praise, where does the power of praise then lie? Keep reading because you are just about to find out.
King David, one of the greatest kings of Israel and even in history had many things admirable about him. From his down to earth humility, to his passion for God, to his repentant spirit, to his zeal and patriotism for his nation, he was indeed one of a kind. But there was one other admirable thing about him, he was always praising God. Even when he had just lost his son, praises to God were never far from him. He was always in a thankful spirit. When preparing for this post, I searched the word praise in the bible and 90% of the verses that came up were from the book of Psalms (a book written by David). He found the way to God’s heart through praise. No wonder the bible tells us that God calls him a man after His heart. “And when He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king: of him He testifies and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all my will’” (Acts 13:22). Praise God because that’s the way to His heart.
Have you ever been at an all-time low and then resulted to praising God? It is the most elevating thing ever. You cannot go to God rendering a praise offering despite your bad mood and He’d leave you that way. He’s too loving to do that. There is fullness of joy in the presence of God (Psalm 16:11). No matter the situation, the moment you open up your mouth in praises to God, be rest assured that everything is a settled case. There are even some times where we cannot seem to pinpoint the causes of our sadness. Those times are the best times to praise God. The Bible says in Philippians 4:4 “rejoice in Lord always, again I will say, rejoice”. Let God’s joy fill you through praises you render to Him.
When we praise God, He moves. Paul and Silas had been imprisoned and the moment they started praying and singing praises to God, an earthquake happened and the doors were opened. Their praises moved God to set them free by all means. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns and the prisoners were listening to them and suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prisons were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s were unfastened” (Acts 16:25-26). Again, God miraculously defeated the enemy, in the story of Jehoshaphat because of the praises they rendered to 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 Chronicles 20:22). We invite the presence of God, whenever we begin to praise Him. I believe I do not need to start explaining just how powerful it is to have God’s mighty presence dwell with us. Maybe your prison or enemy today is anxiety or financial distress…it could be anything. Put a praise on it and watch the miracles unfold.
Someone said “when prayer fails, result to praise” and I couldn’t agree less. As said above, praise moves God. In fact, praise is the second thing that moves God, the first being faith. When you find yourself having praying for a particular thing for such a long time without seeing result, why don’t you combine it with praise? My Pastor told a story one Sunday of how his staff was kidnapped. He and his wife had spent hours praying and there was no good news yet. It then dropped in his spirit that he should praise instead and within minutes of his praise session, he got a call from his staff that he had found a way out. Praise Him first for what He has done and is doing and then take it further by praising Him for what He would do. The answer to your prayers and solution to your problems might just be in praise.
Praise shows our appreciation to God and there is nothing more pleasing to God than a thankful heart. When we render praises to God, we tell Him with melodious words that we are grateful. There is no other way to show our appreciation. So many things have happened around us and undoubtedly more things are bound to happen. But the best way to tell God “thank you for sustaining me” is through praises. Even if there is nothing else to praise God for, that we are saved is enough. Tell God thank you today by rendering praises. That is our language of gratitude.
We have to understand that is not every time we get on our knees in the presence of God that we should be on about ourselves, asking for this or that or spending two minutes praising and the remaining fifty-eight minutes asking from God. Take time out to praise God. If we are going to make heaven, that’s what we would be doing anyway. Why don’t we then start rehearsing from here? Why don’t we begin to gear up from now? Next time praise and worship comes up in church or you are listening to gospel music or you are having your quiet time or even singing praises to God, don’t just vibe with the beat or go with the flow or spend time asking or enjoy the melody. Praise God from your heart. Let His praises resonate from you because there is power in praise!