Ps 150:1-6 – “Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! 3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!” NKJV
Not only do we invite God into our midst through Praise, we go into His presence and enter His throne room as well. We stand in His courts spiritually! In examining the record we find that the first mention of Praise is Genesis 29:35 and is in connection with the birth of Judah. Leah was forced upon Jacob in a deceitful switch at their wedding. He only claim to her husband’s affections was the fact she had borne him three (3) sons, Ruben, Simeon and Levi. She began to feel that Jacob was joined to her in verse 34 for up to that point she felt the marriage was a legal and physical enterprise but now, she felt there was a spiritual joining and the marriage had become a true marriage for in verse 35 she declares, “Now will I praise the Lord; therefore she called his name Judah (Praise).”
The name Judah appears more than 40 times in the Pentateuch and among those references we find:
Genesis 49:9-10 – “Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: He stooped down, he couched as a lion and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not pass from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”
Revelation 5:5 – “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Jesus came from the Tribe of Praise! Another side note is that in the travels of Israel in the Wilderness as described in Numbers 2:2-3, Judah was placed on the East side facing the rising sun and the only entrance into the tabernacle enclosure. You can’t get in without going through Praise! It is the person of praise that catches the first glimpse of the “Son of Righteousness” (Malachi 3:2). It is the one who is engaged in Praise that has his/her face to the SON!
What does praise do? It is a God-given garment to ward off the spirit of heaviness as seen in Isaiah 61:1-3. No medicine will cure the ill of discouragement like praise. Depression cannot live in the heart that has learned the truth of and practices Praise! Praise sets the heart at liberty like nothing else.
- Praise causes us to be conscious of the Presence of God mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
- God’s Presence makes me conscious of His Person. Jesus, our Master, Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, and Son of Man, Son of God, Divine Creator, Deliverer, Lover and our Encouragement. He is our ALL IN ALL.
- His Person makes me conscious of His Power. He is Omnipotent (Job 42:2; Psalm 115:3, Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37) He is Omnipresent (Psalm 139:8, Jeremiah 23:24) He is Omniscient (Job 26:6, Psalm 147:5, Hebrews 4:13)
Praise causes one to focus on God and become conscious of Him. As we see His person we are directed to His will and plan and as we see His power we receive confidence to depend on and trust Him completely. The more we Praise and Magnify Him, the more we become conscious of Him and the more aware we are of Who He is, the Fact that He is, What He can do and is doing.
Praise is the entryway into His miraculous deliverance in a very real way. Psalm 50:23 – “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors Me, and he prepares the way so that I may show Him my salvation.” Praise infuses God’s strength into our situation and exposes us fully to God like nothing else we can do.
Praise may be sacrificial initially and then become like an artesian well. May God enable you to enter into His Presence and learn to Praise! Blessings!