The Power Of Praise -Part Two

  1. DeaneMc profile image56
    DeaneMcposted 8 years ago

    The Bible says that God inhabits in the praise of His
    people (Psalms 22:3). In other words, God "dwells" in
    the atmosphere of His praise. This means that praise is not
    merely a reaction from coming into His presence - Praise is
    a vehicle of faith which brings us into the presence and
    power of God! Praise worship is the "gate-pass" which
    allows us to enter the sacredness of His glory. The
    psalmist writes, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
    and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and
    bless his name" (Psalms 100:4).

    This corresponds with Jesus' teaching, that His presence
    will inhabit the gathering of believers who congregate in
    His name: "For where two or three are gathered together
    in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew
    18:20). A "gathering in His name" means that Jesus must
    be the focus, the center of the assemblage. He must be the
    one preached about, sung about - the one praised
    worshiped. "I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in
    the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee"
    (Hebrews 2:12). Consequently, Christ's presence, along with
    His virtue and anointing, is manifested in this type of

    Have you ever noticed when "gifts of the Spirit"
    operate in a church service? The power and anointing of the
    Holy Spirit usually becomes evident, subsequent to a time of
    praise worship. Some think that worship is a response after
    the Holy Spirit moves upon them. However, it's the other
    way around. God's presence responds when we move upon Him
    with praise worship! Lifting up Jesus Christ through praise
    worship invokes the Lord's presence and power to flow in our
    What is Praise?

    Praise means "to commend, to applaud or magnify." For
    the Christian, praise to God is an expression of worship,
    lifting-up and glorifying the Lord. It is an expression of
    humbling ourselves and centering our attention upon the
    Lord with heart-felt expressions of love, adoration and
    thanksgiving. High praises bring our spirit into a pinnacle
    of fellowship and intimacy between ourselves and God - it
    magnifies our awareness of our spiritual union with the
    most high God. Praise transports us into the realm of the
    supernatural and into the power of God. "Blessed is the
    people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD,
    in the light of thy countenance" (Psalms 89:15).

    There are many actions involved with praise to God -
    verbal expressions of adoration and thanksgiving, singing,
    playing instruments, shouting, dancing, lifting or clapping
    our hands. But true praise is not "merely" going through
    these motions. Jesus spoke about the hypocrisy of the
    pharisees, whose worship was only an outward show and not
    from the heart. "This people draweth nigh unto me with
    their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their
    heart is far from me" (Matthew 15:8). Genuine praise to
    God is a matter of humility and sincere devotion to the
    Lord from within.

    Unpretentious praise and worship pleases the Lord. He
    delights in the love and devotion of His children.
    According to the scriptures, the various expressions of
    praise bring blessing to the Lord. He eagerly awaits the
    fragrance of our affections, desiring to manifest His sweet
    presence and power in our midst. "...the true worshipers
    shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the
    Father seeketh such to worship him" (John 4:23).
    Praise to God is a Lifestyle

  2. Tamarii2 profile image59
    Tamarii2posted 8 years ago