Why Praise is So Important
God Inhabits the Praise of His People
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3 (KJV)
As Christians, we believe that the Spirit of the Lord lives in our bodies. We are taught that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. When we offer praise, we embrace the presence of the Most High to our own selves. It is a form of "communion" that brings us closer to the Lord (for we, the Church, are His bride).
Sometimes music ministers will misuse this verse to engage corporate worship into a spiritual frenzy for zealous worship. I don't think that they mean to do wrong, but putting on a good show to feel warm, fuzzy feelings isn't why we praise the Lord.
Zac Hicks goes into great detail about this verse in his article. I am including it here because he goes into the Hebrew language of the Psalm in great depth. Here is the link. http://www.zachicks.com/is-god-inhabits-the-praises-of-his-people-really-biblical/
Does God inhabit the praise of His people? Yes, especially if we worship Him in spirit and truth. John 4:23 says, "But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be His worshipers." (WEB)
David was a poet, prophet, and a King. He wrote many Psalms of praise. He attributed his victories to the Lord through songs of praise.
2 Samuel 22:17 (NKJV) He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters.
2 Samuel 22:18 (NKJV) He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; For they were too strong for me.
2 Samuel 22:19 (NKJV) They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support.
2 Samuel 22:20 (NKJV) He also brought me out into a broad place; he delivered me because He delighted in me.
These are the praises of a man who experienced being hunted, famine, and wars. God saved him each and every time. So, it is right and good to praise the Lord when you are experiencing trouble.
Worship in Spirit and in Truth
5 Components of Praise and Worship
1. Our praise should be genuine and not perfunctory (performed out of habit or someone else's expectations).
2. Praise should come from your heart.
3. Praise can be quiet and solemn or loud and joyful.
4. Praise deepens our inner joy.
5. Praise can be used to fight our enemy!
What Effects Will Praise Have in Our Lives?
1. We will feel the presence of the Living God stir our own soul. Our spirit becomes refreshed and renewed because of the presence of God.
2. The enemy will flee. Remember how the demons fled when David played for Saul? They will flee from you as well.
3. Miracles can happen! “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to 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 everyone's bonds were unfastened.” Acts 16:25-26
4. Praise keeps us humble. When we praise, we acknowledge that God has the real power and authority over our situation.
5. Praise will keep us spiritually grounded. It will keep us from wandering off of the path of righteousness.
Praise is powerful. The enemy knows this. If you allow him to steal your joy, then you won't praise the Lord like you should. Then the devil wins. However, if you offer the sacrifice of praise even when circumstances look dismal, then you show your faith, invite the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life, and you pave the way for miracles!
Here are 5 Ways That I Praise the Lord
1. I sing praises in my car.
2. I read Psalms of praise when I am alone.
3. I lift my hands in congregational worship and when I worship alone.
4. I have private Youtube "Praise and Worship Festivals" by myself.
5. I sing praise songs as I sweep or fold clothes.
How do you praise the Lord?
Get to Know Me!
I am Laura Tallo, and I am a wife, mother, photographer, artist, and a Director of Special Education at a local school. Most importantly, I am a daughter of The Most High God. I gave my heart to Him as a child, and I dedicated myself to His service as a teenager.
I am a very busy lady who experiences the same trials and tribulations as others. Being a Christian doesn't mean that my life is sprinkled with magic fairy dust, and that I have it easier than others. I was flooded in The Great Flood of 2016. I lost two cars, both homes that I own ( one is an inherited family homestead that I allowed an uncle to live in) flooded. That house in the country is still uninhabitable.
To make matters worse, my brother died several months after the flood. He and I were 10 1/2 months apart, so we felt like twins. We were very close.
Due to the flood, my photography business took a dive. My clientele flooded too!
So, it has been rough! How do I deal with this? I spend extra time with the Lord. I go to church more than I did before. I attend Sunday School. I will have YouTube "Praise Fests" where I set aside an hour and listen to just praise and worship. Lauren Daigle is one of my favorite artists.
I get on my knees by my bed, and I pray every night. I love praying like that. Before my mother died in 2010, she shared with me that she prayed like that too. I guess that I am a lot like her.
The bottom line is that I trust the Lord no matter how rough it gets, and I hope that my testimony helps you to rekindle your zeal for our Lord.
Praise Will Help You Bear Good Fruit in Your Life
Let's Have a Short Youtube Praise Fest
I encourage you to watch the videos posted. Take some time to praise the Lord by yourself! I have included some of my favorite videos in video capsules below this text box.
The Imperials are a classic! I used to listen to them in the 1980s. The song is powerful, and I thought that you might enjoy it.
I wanted to include Amazing Grace in Cherokee because it is so beautiful and reverent.
I love Sister Act II. I have included one of my favorite videos from Sister Act II because when that little boy hits that high note, I am just blown away. I have attended a predominantly black church in my past, and their worship is so inspirational, energetic, and happy. I just love it.
I have shown how three different cultures demonstrate praise and worship. Each is wonderful and pleasing to the Lord. What is your favorite type of praise and worship?
This is a Classic!
Praise Him in Cherokee!
This Is One of My Favorites! Sister Act- Oh Happy Day!
When we praise and worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, we invite more than His presence, but "communion." Communion is deeper than just being in someone's presence. I could be in my husband's presence, but not be in a state of "communion." Communion is deeper. It is my spirit and God's spirit joyfully entwined. I become stronger, healed, and Satan flees from me when I praise my Lord.
I hope that this article has helped you. If it has, please scroll to the end and leave a comment.
© 2017 Laura Tallo