PRAISE & WORSHIP; YOUR GATE PASS INTO HIS PRESENCE:
Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanks giving and into his court with praise’
The shortest route into the presence of God is through the vehicle of praise & worship. Prayer draws you nearer to God but praise draws God nearer to you. This is simply because when God hears the praises of his people, He sees a throne and simply come to be enthroned upon the praises of his people. Praise attracts God and brings him into the situation. No wonder he showed up in the prison when he heard Paul and Silas praising him while still in their chains and shackles with legs in stocks. The chain, shackles and stocks could not withstand the earthquake that accompanied His arrival, the prison did not have the capacity to contain His presence, so what happened, the chains were broken and the prison doors had to open.
When you praise God regardless of your state, you open such conditions to divine invasion and when God arrives in the scene, order is bound to set in just like the earth that was without form and void began to re-arrange when the spirit of God moved in Genesis 1:1-3. So friends if you want God to show up in your situation, organize a praise party and watch out for God as he steps in.
PRAISE & WORSHIP: YOUR WEAPON OF WAR:
Psalm 149:5-9 (KJV). Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord
When you are confronted with the enemy and had to do warfare, praise can come handy as a weapon of war to execute vengeance upon the enemy. Since we know that God inhabits the praises of his people, he will therefore fight against any army that tries to stop you from praising, in other words literarily anyone who tries to deprive God of your praise by attacking you, incurs the wrath of God. This was exactly what he did when some three nations came against Jehoshaphat. 2 Chronicles 20:22.
The children of Judah did not have to fight but sang praises and God turned the enemies against each other until they were all totally destroyed. When the children of Israel were confronted with the wall of Jericho, he commanded that they praise with trumpet and a shout, the result was that the wall came crashing down. I see every wall of limitation in your life crashing down this month as you engage your gear in praise and worship.
PRAISE &WORSHIP: YOUR SACRIFICE:
Hebrews 13:15- By Him therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name.
Praise is an offering in itself but praise becomes a sacrifice when offered in a situation that seems not ‘praise worthy’. A sacrifice can be described as an offering that is given when it is not convenient to give, when you lift up your hands to worship Him even though you are in pains, when you chose to praise God regardless of your state, when you give Him praise instead of your pain, then the praise becomes a sacrifice and this touches the heart of God. In the Old Testament, sacrifice connotes killing animals and shedding of blood as an offering on the altar. Jesus came as the sacrificial lamb and offered himself once and for all and we therefore do not need to make such sacrifices again but rather offer him praise continually. Guess what? When God smells a sacrifice, He comes down to consume it. Since no more blood, every time we give a sacrifice of praise, God comes in His majesty to consume it just like He did the sacrifice of Elijah.
God feeds on our sacrifice of praise. No wonder Jesus said that God is able to raise stones to praise Him if men decide to stop praising. I see a God in need, I see a God longing for your praise. This is the reason why He chose us as a royal priesthood to show forth His praises. 2 Peter 2:9. All He needs is your praise and worship. If you give him what He needs; He will meet you at the very point of your need.
PRAISE & WORSHIP: AN ATTITUDE
Habakkuk 3:17-19(KJV): Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Praise is an attitude of joy which is a fruit of the spirit. Our Joy is expressed in our praise to God continually. Philippians 4:4 says rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice. This should be our attitude if truly we have been filled with the Holy Spirit. Joy is an attitude of the spirit filled life expressed in praises. According to the above scripture, no matter what the situation may be, our attitude should be that of Joy.
An attitude is something you naturally do because of who you are. Praise should naturally flow from within us because of who we are and whose we are, not minding the circumstances around us. If life throws you challenges, give it your attitude of praise and watch the situation change in your favor because praise is contagious. When things are down, you don’t have to go down with them, just show your attitude and lift Him up in praise and watch him lift you up out of that situation.
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!
For Further Study:
Questions to reflect on
- How do you feel when you give God quality praise?
- What is the first thing that comes to your mind when the ships are down?
I will worship God in spirit, soul and body; therefore every mountain shall be made plain before me in Jesus name.