THE POWER OF PRAISE…


2 Samuel 22:1-4 – “And David spoke the words of this song to the LORD in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. 2 And he said, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; 3 My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, Thou dost save me from violence. 4 “I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; And I am saved from my enemies.”  NASB

The Book of Samuel records one of the songs of David that reflects the Power of Praise and how much Praise was a part of the Life of David, the man God identified as being a man after His own heart.  David had been delivered from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul, his chief enemy.  As he mused on what had transpired, he was inspired to write this song of praise.  I will only use a portion of it but would like to call to our attention several things found in these few verses. 

David said, “The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress and my Deliverer.”  The Rock is reflective of a foundation that is stable and sure.  The Fortress is a place of protection and Deliverer is expressive of power and might.  God is David and our sure foundation our place of protection and security and He has the Power to deliver.  He is our conqueror!

He reminded himself and all who would hear that our Rock (God) is a place of refuge.  I am reminded of Psalms 91 and Psalm 23 as I think of that.  He said that God was his shield and the horn of his salvation.  The shield speaks of protection from the arrows of the enemy and the horn of salvation speaks of the completion. He speaks of God being his savior!  Hallelujah!  That savior also rescues us from violence and those seeking our destruction, both human and demonic. 

Then he brings home the reality of the Power inherent in our Praise to God.  In Psalms 100:4 we are instructed to enter the gates of God with a thankful heart and the courts of God with praise.  We come with the High Praises of God in our mouths and those praises become a two-edged sword in our hands and in our mouths. 

In (v.4) we read, “I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; And I am saved from my enemies.”  Let me challenge you to break that down just a bit.  There can be no question of God’s worthiness of our praise.  In fact, our feeble attempts to magnify Him and properly honor him with our lips appear anemic.  However, David inserts something that we must not overlook.  He adds the word “and” after that declaration.  The “and” is the connector or the launching pad for an understanding of the inherent Power in Praise to God.  “And I am saved from my enemies.” 

It is as I praise God that there is a Power loosed in the heavenlies that frees the angelic hosts of Psalm 91 to move into action.  God is the deliverer from the snares of our enemies human and demonic.  He covers us with Himself and shields us from the attacks of forces seeking our destruction.  His presence banishes fear.  The angels are released to guard us in all our ways.  They bear us up in their hands so that we don’t even get stone bruises from the cobbled paths of life.  It is through God’s Power, Provision, and Protection that we enter into through Praise enables us to tread on the lions and cobras of life.

If we would learn the secret and benefit of Praise and from our hearts truly be thankful in everything and voice our thanksgiving and praise to God, we would move into a higher realm in life.  It is as we turn our focus inward and outward on a horizontal plane that we restrict ourselves from His person, presence, and power. As we lift up our eyes heavenward, we discover that we are able to view life through His eyes, and in that view, we find peace, confidence, and comfort.

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

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