The Lord has been speaking to us about praise and the absence of it.
Often we praise the magnificent sky and the stars but He wants His Father to be glorified as the Creator of the Stars. We praise the cook’s dish but not the source of all the contents.
We are told the rocks cry out when we do not praise. Creation groans for praise.
We praise God because He deserves to be praised.
Praise needs positive affirmation. It is a weapon against evil.
It also keeps our focus on God.
Praise brings peace.
” Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying:
“ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.””
The Perfect Revelation of the Lord
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.”
‘Praise, according to the Scriptures, is an act of our will that flows out of an awe and reverence for our Creator. Praise gives glory to God and opens us up to a deeper union with Him. It turns our attention off of our problems and on the nature and character of God Himself.
As we focus our minds on God and proclaim His goodness, we reflect His glory back to Him. The results can fill you with peace and contentment ( Isaiah 26:3) and transform your outlook on life.’
( keys to powerful living 700 club CBN)
” You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.”
We go forward to battle and the weapon is praise
Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass that the children of Israel asked the Lord, saying, “Who shall be first to go up for us against the Canaanites to fight against them?”
And the Lord said, “Judah shall go up. Indeed I have delivered the land into his hand.””
Judah means praise.
” O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.”
Jehosaphat King of Judah (praise) was told by the Lord the victory over the Moabites would be God’s not his as all he was required to do was praise.
2 Chronicles 20:21
” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
“Praise the Lord,
For His mercy endures forever.””