Praising God seems to be a lost art for most people, particularly Christians! We get so busy with the things of this life that we count it great victory when we get through another week, unscathed! Life, according to God and His Word, was never meant to be so hard and all consuming.
Proverbs 13:15b (KJV) 15 … but the way of transgressors is hard.
God says that the way of the transgressor is hard, not the way of the saints. You see, God has a “secret” weapon for us to counter the attacks of the enemy and it’s called PRAISE. Note the following scriptures:
Psalm 8:2 (KJV) 2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
Matthew 21:16 (KJV) 16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
Psalm 18:3 (KJV) 3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
As we praise the Lord, we set ourselves up for deliverance from the enemy because the devil hates when we praise the Lord and flees so that he doesn’t have to endure our praise.
Notice what happened when the Israelites sang and praised the Lord:
2 Chronicles 20:22-23 (KJV) 22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
The enemy turned on each other and the Israelites didn’t have to fight!
What does it mean to praise the Lord? It means to be thankful and recognize Who He is and His majesty. We see how much David praised the Lord in the Psalms.
Talking to God and telling Him how thankful and appreciative we are of all that He’s done for us and for all that He is, is praise. And, I might add, many answers come to us as we cast our cares upon the Lord and worship and praise Him.
It doesn’t take much to look around and see all that God has done for us. We should be eternally grateful for His grace and mercy toward us!
Cast your care upon the Lord, worship and praise Him with thanksgiving, and watch your focus change and joy come forth!
Nehemiah 8:10b (KJV) 10 … for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Psalm 150:1-6 (KJV) 1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
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 psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.