Psalm 103:1-5 – “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.” NASU
It is my desire to delve a little deeper into the subject of Praise and its immense value and importance to our Christian walk on an everyday basis. Another dimension of Praise is that it opens a channel for God to speak to our hearts and be heart in our inner being. To me, that is awesome! Not only does praise bring pleasure to the heart of God it opens the door to change your situation in a positive and powerful way.
Psalm 29:1-2 “Ascribe to the Lord… Glory and Strength. The Glory due to His Name: Worship the Lord in Holy Array. (The Beauty of Holiness).” Then in verses 7-9, we read of “The voice of the Lord.” It opens a channel for God to speak to our hearts and be heard.
Tragically, sometimes in prayer, we are unable to HEAR GOD because we have locked the ‘talk button’ in the on position and are in a continuous ‘transmit mode’ rather than having an open channel of reception. But in Praise the reverse is true in True Praise we become like a ‘radio receiver’ and there is an open channel for God to speak and we become so focused on Him without we can hear Him rather than simply making our endless petitions!
Proverbs 27:21 – “As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold: so is a man for praise.”
It is quite normal, in times of Praise, when our spirits become so heated spiritually and so touched and moved by the Spirit of God and the Presence of the Lord of Hosts that hidden thoughts, motives, and desires rise to the surface. As we become broken in His presence those foreign impure elements are separated from the precious metal of our lives and THEN we can take them to the Cross and be cleansed, washed, purified, and delivered!
God wants to skim away all that defiles where He can see His face in the molten metal of our hearts! Praise opens the door to purification within!
In Psalm 29:4-9 we see a beautiful truth:
- – The Voice of the Lord is powerful and full of majesty.
- — The Voice of the Lord breaks the cedars (royal trees).
- – The Voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire. (Fiery darts).
- – The Voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness. (Place of testing).
- – The Voice of the Lord makes hinds to calve. (fruitfulness).
- – The Voice of the Lord discovers the forests. (people). It is in God’s temple that everyone speaks of His Glory.
Isaiah 33 informs us that the Voice of the Lord defeats the enemies. Isaiah 66 declares that it is the Voice of the Lord that brings recompense to the enemies of God. Joel 2 tells us that God utters His voice before His army and Psalm 46:6 tells us that the Voice of the Lord causes Kingdoms to be moved! Praise is one of the most powerful endeavors we can engage in and provides unlimited benefit spiritually and even physically to our lives.
Therefore, I encourage you to make Praise a daily portion in your life! Blessings as you go through your day!