MAYBE A CHANGE OF FOCUS IS IN ORDER… (Continued)


Spiritual Blog - Praise 2

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

 

As Jesus was instructing those who believed He told them that if they abide in His word they would be His disciples and then in John 8:32 He declared, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  When truth is heard, heeded and applied there is freedom!  I am convinced that when a believer understands what Praise is all about they will become participants in that activity in and out of church gatherings.

The Psalmist said in 34:1-3, “I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.  My soul shall boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.  Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name forever.”  Then in 147:1 we read, “Praise the Lord.  How good it is to sing praises to our God.  How pleasant and fitting to praise Him.”

If we understand praise to be adoration of God then we can conceive how praise can be vocal, audible and or visible or a combination of all three.   Consider scripture concerning it being VOCAL:  Psalm 63:3 – Lips, Psalm 145:21 – Mouth, Psalm 98:1 – Singing, Psalm 66:1 – Shouting, Revelation 19:1 – Loud Voices, and Ephesians 5:19 – Singing and Speaking.  We note it can be AUDIBLE but not vocal in Psalm 47:1 – Clapping, Psalm 147:1 & 150:1-6 – Musical Instruments.  Then we find praise that is NEITHER audible or vocal in Psalm 63:4 – Lifting the Hands, 1 Chronicles 15:28-29 – Dancing and 60 times we see it as Kneeling, in Acts 3:8, 2 Samuel 6:16 -Walking & Leaping and Psalm 134:1 135:2 – Standing before the Lord.  Psalm 22:22 declares, “I will declare Thy Name unto my brethren:  in the midst of the congregation I will praise thee.”

I am 100% convinced that Praise is the Setting for Revelation.  As I examine the Revelation of John I see a man exiled, afflicted, seemingly defeated, embattled and in great need of comfort and consolation.  It is here that he not only received Revelation but Revival.  He is resuscitated by a heavenly experience in which God gives him the key to refreshing, refueling and rescue.

Notice several things that result:

  • An Open Door In Heaven – Revelation 4:1
  • A Heavenly Voice is Heard – Revelation 4:1b
  • He Sees an Occupied Throne – Revelation 4:2
  • He Hears a Divine Command – Revelation 4:8-11

The thing that you and I need to fully understand is that John is in the Throne Room in the presence of the ALMIGHTY GOD, the God of all creation!  God’s presence not only elicits praise but is the source of praise.  Praise is where God resides!  Praise is His permanent residence!

Psalm 22:3 – “You are enthroned as the Holy One, You are the Praise of Israel.”  This is rendered in the KJV as, “But Thou art holy, O Thou that Inhabitest the Praises of Israel

             PRAISE is where God lives and when we enter into genuine praise and worship, we invite Him to come in and be at home. We invite Him to be the Master of the House, control the situation and set us free!  Praise is a link between finite man and the infinite God!  Praise affects heaven, earth and hell all at the same time.  No wonder we are commanded in Psalm 100:4 – “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.”

Time and space has once again run short so we must hit the pause button and wait until next time to continue.  Until then may God so permeate your person that His presence is known powerfully and in a most liberating manner.  God bless!

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