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
I know the beauty of praise and worship and the power it affords in defeating the enemy, opening our spiritual eyes and enabling us to find LIBERTY like we have not known. Paul tells us that where the Spirit of the Lord there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17) I believe that praise and worship are tools, weapons, and activities that liberate. I have often told people that if they need a quick ‘pick me up’ refer to the Book of Psalms for it is a book of praise, adoration, and worship.
As I read this injunction in Psalm 150 I am overwhelmed with its simplicity and power. The more I examine the Holy Writ the more I discover that Praise is a key component in both Testaments and has been a substantial factor in every revival of Church history and is among the first practices to stagnate in time of decline.
When Praise and Worship are prevalent in the church there is a renewed awakening where believers are reminded and have reaffirmed in their hearts that:
- God is Alive and Active.
- We are Indwelt by Deity.
- Through Him, we can Pull Down Strongholds.
- Through Him, we are More Than Conquerors.
When there are genuine praise and worship present in congregational gatherings and individual hearts excitement rises and there is far more realized victory in the lives of believers. Churches become places of victory and people experience refreshing, refueling and are rescued. I fully understand there is much difference of opinion on many matters of doctrine and while we do not agree on everything we should agree on one thing – HE IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED!
I am convinced that PRAISE & WORSHIP are chief activities of heaven. It would be difficult to conclude that praise is not a chief component of the activities of heaven to even the most casual reader of scripture. Just a cursory reading and quick glance at numerous passages confirm that. Examine (Psalm 63:3; 145:21; 98:1; 66:1; Revelation 19:1; Ephesians 5:19, Psalm 47:1; 147:7 63:4; 1 Chronicles 15:28-29; Acts 3:8 and scores more)
When I examine the record in Revelation I find that in Revelation 4 there is an outbreak of Praise & Worship. In Revelation 5 there is a sequel to that outburst and yet another in Revelation 11. Then in Revelation 19, we find the great multitude erupting in praise & worship. It would be impossible to conclude that heaven is not a glorious place and filled with praise unto our God! I am convinced through study and experience that Praise enhances everything we do. In fact, there is nothing we can do more therapeutic than Praise. There is nothing man can do that results in more healing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is a liberating activity designed by God not because He is self-absorbed and narcissistic but because He knows the value to us as His children. It is impossible to force people to Praise and when one experiences God and the power of this activity it is virtually impossible to prevent them from Praise.
Time will not permit me digging deeper but I want to press on next time so until then may God fill your day as He guards and guides your steps. Blessings!