Praise: A Spiritual Force
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your loving-kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night.” Psalm 92:1-2
Praising God is not an option; it is our highest calling. Psalm 150:6 states it clearly; "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." Every living, breathing being must praise the Lord. Praising God is totally different from thanking God. Thanksgiving is being appreciative for what God has done for us, while praise is the expression of our love to God for who He is-our Heavenly Father. We praise God for who He is, not for what He has done. Praise is the appreciation of God’s nature and qualities. He is GOD; the creator of heaven and earth, Alpha and Omega, the faithful one, the Unchanging Changer.
It is interesting to note that not only does your praise bless and honor God, it also benefits us! Praise is a spiritual force that has a powerful effect on the believer, the devil, and God. It touches everything and every part of your life. Likewise, a lack of praise affects you in a negative way, turns the devil loose in our life, and doesn’t bless God. When we embrace the attitude of praise, we have everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose. Here are just some of the wonderful things that will happen as we praise God with all of our heart.
The Effect of Praise on a Believer
Praise set you free from being self-centered and prideful. Pride gives you reasons not to praise God. Pride makes you believe God is not Who He says He is, therefore He is not worthy of praise. Ps 59:16-17, Phil 4:4
Praise helps you to get your attention on God and off your problem. It catapults you into the spiritual realm to see what God has done for you. 2 Cor. 4
Praise beautifies us with all that redemption offers. Ps. 149:1-4
Praise invokes the presence of God. Ps. 22:3
Praise transfer our battles to God. Ps 125:1-3, 2 Chr. 20
Praise invokes the favor of God. God judge everything that mocks you when you praise Him. 2 Sam. 6:14-23, 2 Chr. 20
Praise commits you to obey God. Phil. 4:4, Heb. 13:15
The Effect of Praise on the devil.
Praise makes the devil flee. 1 Sam. 16:23
Praise confuses the devil. 2 Chr. 20:23
Praise disarms the devil. Acts 16:25-26
The Effect of Praise on God
God dwells in praises. Ps. 22:3
God does fearful things in praises. Ex. 15:11
Praise moves God to step into any situation. 2 Chr. 20:21-22, Jos. 6:1-5,15-20