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The Powerful Weapon of Praise!

Posted on September 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

When attending Praise Center services, have you ever wondered why we stand and praise the Lord in song for a period of time? It says in Psalm 100:1-2; 4 – Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing...Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. This means that praising God is essential to worship as Christians. When we stand, that too is a form of praise. The practice of worship opens the door for God to move on our behalf and perform healing and deliverance. Our praise affects our outlook and faith and can influence other people and situations through God’s power. Often, the time in worship before the sermon is when God answers our petitions and causes change in our lives, and the lives of others.

In 2 Chronicles 20: 1-30, King Jehoshaphat heard that three massive armies were about to attack, and fear motivated him to seek the Lord. His prayer began with praise, which shifted his attention from the enormity of the problem to the greatness of God. After making his petitions and receiving an answer from the Lord through the prophet Jahaziel, Jehoshaphat, and the people of Judah, worshiped and exalted the Lord. The King’s faith had increased so much that he approached the battle not with soldiers, but with a choir leading the way. When they began singing praises, the Lord intervened by setting ambushes against their enemies who were then defeated. Their supernatural response of praise ended in peace and full trust in the Lord as their shield.

In Acts 16:16-34, Paul and Silas experienced injustice and were thrown in prison for commanding a spirit to come out of a fortune teller and ruining the ability for her owners to make money. In the midst of their suffering in prison, they prayed and sang hymns to God. The unbelieving prisoners also listened to their unusual behavior when suddenly a violent earthquake occurred and every prisoner’s chain came loose. The jailer was about to kill himself in thinking everyone escaped, but found Paul and Silas – he then asked to be saved. The jailer brought them to his home, fed them and his entire household also became saved.

There is unlimited and unbelievable power in praise. It also takes your focus off of your situation and places it on God – the only one who can change it. We encourage you to praise God each and every day and watch how your life, and the lives of those around you, will change!

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