Understanding The Power Of Praise

1450271_515715405193671_619766858_n“For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;” – Psalms 149:4-6

In the modern church we hold the act of songs to God in very high regard. We look forward to Sunday praise and worship with great anticipation. If it’s true praise and worship, and not just entertainment as is sometimes the case, then we feel something different, something powerful in the presence of Praise… But what exactly is it, and are we truly utilizing the power of praise?

God saw fit, in a book of limited space meant to contain all the instructions needed for mans redemption and righteous living thereafter, to devote one the the longest books of the bible solely to songs. No other book in the bible has more chapters then the book of psalms does, each originally being a song. As if that wasn’t enough to stress the importance of praise, the entirety of the last two chapters of the book of Psalms are devoted to expressing the importance and power of praise.

There is great insight through both of the final chapters of Psalms concerning praise, however I find the one chosen for our opening verse to be of great interest because, when read with it’s surrounding context we see that Praise is being equated to warfare, or a weapon that is most effectively wielded boldly by the meek.

How can one be bold and meek at the same time, you might ask? By having no pride or desire for self attention, but rather focusing fully on giving God your attention. Your boldness is in obedience and admiration for God, while your meekness is toward self. Remember that Lucifer was created to be worship leader in heaven and fell because of the pride of wanting to be worshiped himself (Ezekiel 28). All worshipers must be careful not to do the same and only give Praise, never receive it.

Because of Satan’s burning desire to be praised (Isaiah 14:14), and his hatred for God, who is the only one worthy to be praised (Psalms 18:3), Praise to God is the fastest way to get the devil fleeing. This is likely why 2 Chronicles chapter 20 doesn’t only identify praise as a form of warfare, but as the very front lines of it. We also read again in psalms 68:

“Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him. A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.” – Psalms 68:1-5

This leads us into our next point. “God’s habitation”. We know that God’s habitation is heavenly, however these verses declare that His enemies here on earth scatter at His presence. So how do we bring this habitation from the heavenlies to here where the enemy is, that they might be scattered and destroyed by His presents? This passage implies that it was done through praise. Other scriptures confirm this as they detail our ability to bring about an atmosphere that God’s presence can inhabit where ever we are. Psalms 22:3 tells us that God actually inhabits the praises of His people. The psalmist later goes on to tell us that when we make a joyful noise of praise to God, that God is drawn so close to us that the very light of His face shines upon us. It is in this light that darkness must flee, and therein lies the power of true Praise. Therefor, with a song of praise in our mouths and the Word of God, which is the two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12), in our hands we can set hell to flight and watch our enemies be scattered. So in the toughest battles, sing a song of praise.

“For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;” – Psalms 149:4-6

“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. For the Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.” – Psalms 89:15-18

“I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” – Psalms 18:3

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