Psalm 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
It is God’s desire that each child of God know and enjoy Spiritual Liberty. Because that is true He has provided a tool, weapon, and activity that brings us to TOTAL LIBERTY in Him and that is PRAISE! 2 Corinthians 3:17 informs us, “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” It is with that thought and desire in my heart I feel directed by the Holy Spirit to call your attention to this reality and truth. I have often said that the Book of Psalms is a beautiful place to go for a quick pick-me-up spiritually. It is a Book of Refreshing largely because it is a Book of Praise, Adoration, and Worship of our Great God and Majestic Creator, Jehovah God!
As I read this text, I am overwhelmed by the injunction given! I believe that PRAISE is one of the most powerful principles in the Word of God. As I study the Word of God I find that PRAISE always has a prominent place in the teachings and activities of both the Old and New Testaments. It has been a substantial part of every revival in Church history. It has also been among the first practices to stagnate in periods of decline. I am incredibly thankful to God for His sovereign acts of grace and power. He, I believe, is in the process of restoring the art and practice of PRAISE to the Body of Christ in a very powerful manner. Praise is not something that is relegated to a select few churches but is something that is crossing denominational lines all around the world. It is a sovereign act of God, not something conjured up by man or through man’s manipulative efforts. It is and will sweep into places where there has been a spiritual drought of long standing and life is beginning to beginning to be infused into those congregations and that is exciting.
The result of this Revival of Praise is restoring to the Church much of the lost power she has experienced. We are seeing a renewed view in many churches that God is “alive” and “active” in a very real and powerful way. There is a renewed understanding that we are “indwelt by deity.” We are seeing entire congregations who individually and collectively actually pulling down strongholds through Jesus. They are walking out the truth that we are more than conquerors. I sense a new excitement in the midst of incredible darkness and that stirs my heart. As believers engage more and more in PRAISE we see them demonstrating a victorious daily life that is like honey to flies drawing people to Christ.
Although we may disagree on many things in the church one of the things we should have no disagreement is that GOD IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED. When you consider that PRAISE will a Chief Activity in Heaven we need to get into practice here on earth. If PRAISE bothers you on earth you will be terribly uncomfortable in heaven. Also, PRAISE produces a setting for Revelation. If you remember John the Revelator on the Isle of Patmos you will see this powerfully. John could have been dejected, defeated, and embittered in his exile but rather it was a time of PRAISE that He had His vision and divine encounter with God giving us the Book of Revelation. In Revelation 4 we see John in Worship seeing an “open door” in heaven, a “heavenly voice” speaking from that door, an “occupied throne” in heaven and from there he received a divine command. Let me suggest that PRAISE is where God lives. Remember Psalm 22:3 tells us that God “inhabits” the praise of His people.
If you have lost your hunger for PRAISE I encourage you to set your heart and mind to rekindling that fire in your being. Determine to Praise whether you feel like or even want to but determine that you are going to Praise, Praise, and Praise God. When you do, I am totally convinced He will inhabit your praise! Praise is a gateway to Worship! Therefore, since Praise is a chief activity of heaven and sets the table for revelation should we not desire to become more adept at praise? I believe successful Christian living and service involves Prayer, Praise, Worship, and Feasting on God’s Word. It is out of those four things that right attitudes and right living flows and the result is reaping in God’s field.
God bless you richly as you continue your walk in God!