“I will extol you, my God and king; I will bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you; I will praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD and worthy of much praise, whose grandeur is beyond understanding.” (Psalm 145:1-3)
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 150:6)
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Jesus Christ who is not ashamed to call us brethren is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Judah means praise (Genesis 29:35). As believers we belong to the tribe of Judah and therefore to the tribe of praise; so when we praise, we are in tune with our destiny. Since we belong to the tribe of Judah, triumph is also our heritage. “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise—your hand on the neck of your enemies; the sons of your father shall bow down to you. Judah is a lion’s cub, you have grown up on prey, my son. He crouches, lies down like a lion, like a lioness—who would dare rouse him? The scepter shall never depart from Judah, or the mace from between his feet, until tribute comes to him, and he receives the people’s obedience…” (Genesis 49:8-12).Yes, when praise becomes our life style, triumph becomes our heritage; therefore, the son of wickedness will no longer be able to exact upon us but our hand shall be on the neck of our enemies for we are of the tribe of Judah.
“I have chosen David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him. My hand will be with him; my arm will make him strong. No enemy shall outwit him, nor shall the wicked defeat him. I will crush his foes before him, strike down those who hate him. My faithfulness and mercy will be with him; through my name his horn will be exalted.” (Psalm 89:21-25)
We can trigger the Judaic nature inside of us and praise God to enable and see our triumphs and victories in all things just like David did. God called David a man after His heart. David lived up to God’s purpose for creating him, he praised God continually and that was why he won God’s heart. Because we belong to the tribe of Judah, we are of the company of those that must be praised by others, by reason of our outstanding results and undeniable breakthroughs through the avenue of praise. Until we give God what is due unto Him, we cannot expect what is due to us. That is why a praising Christian is an ever-shining, reigning and ruling person!
Hence, we can praise our way out of penury into plenty, out of sickness into health, and out of smallness into greatness! Yet praise is one of the most neglected or ignored spiritual weapons in Christendom, and purely as a result of ignorance. Nothing greases life like praise! When any system or engine lacks grease, it begins to make a cracking noise. That is how many lives in the body of Christ are today, because they lack the grease of praise.
The word of God clearly tells us rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks. Now it’s a fact that that God not only inhabits the praise of His people but praise has great beneficial value to the believer.
Praise is the believer’s cheapest access to the Most High God.
Praise is also one of our surest accesses to the realm of the miraculous.
Praise is also a preservative of the blessings of God. Blessings may come without it, but it takes praise to preserve the blessings. It is to one’s blessings what salt is to meat – it keeps it from decaying.
The word of God tells that priests stood the risk of losing God’s blessings, because they had ignored the ways of God. God’s word is true:”And now, priests, this commandment is for you: If you do not listen, and if you do not take to heart giving honor to my name, says the LORD of hosts, I will send a curse upon you and your blessing I will curse. In fact, I have already cursed it, because you do not take it to heart. I will rebuke your offspring; I will spread dung on your faces, Dung from your feasts, and will carry you to it.” (Malachi 2:1-3)By not remembering to give God the glory due to Him, the priests stood to have refuse (in this case shame and reproach) spread on their faces. So there are negative consequences to not praising God? But on the positive side the greatest obstacle facing a believer in life will never require more than praise to become a miracle. No obstacle can escape the touch of Jesus, when we invoke that touch by intense, hearty praise; not just with the lips, but praise coming from the depth of our soul!
Thankfulness and praise from the depths of our hearts cause God to step in and the devils to step out for our God is “fearful in praises, doing wonders” (Exodus 15:11). To the natural person it seems that praise is the last things we are to do when we are in trouble. But David and Judah always praised the Lord when they were in trouble and were always victorious as a result. When Paul and Silas prayed (while in chains in the prison), and there seemed to be no response from heaven, they switched over to praise, and God intervened (Acts 16:25-26)!
In the ministry of Jesus (the feeding of the five thousand and the raising of Lazarus from the dead), we see that they both answered to praise. Jesus showed us that whenever a problem will take God, then give it praise; because praise will always get God on the scene. Whatever appears difficult in our life is only waiting for our praise, to fall down flat like the wall of Jericho. When something stronger than us is fighting us, all we have to do is to stop struggling and just praise and thank God and He will fight the battle for us. Psalm 66:1-3 states: “Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing of his glorious name; give him glorious praise. Say to God: “How awesome your deeds! Before your great strength your enemies cringe. All the earth falls in worship before you; they sing of you, sing of your name!”
When we praise God from the depth of our being the greatness of His power shatters the plan of the enemies. Praise is a mystery, because as we praise God, things are mysteriously handled from the “headquarters” of heaven, while we just watch the events unfold before us. The greatest obstacle before us will not require more than praise to be converted to a miracle. Praise made one little boy’s lunch to be enough to feed five thousand men! It brought Lazarus out of the grave, after he had been dead for four days! But when God steps in, there is nothing decomposition can do. When He came to the graveside, He recomposed Lazarus’ system, and he that was dead came forth from the grave, alive! (John.11:44.) The wall of Jericho, the heaviest wall in its days (upon which six chariots could run side by side), “dissolved” in the hands of praise! The Bible says, “The wall fell down flat…” (Joshua. 6:20).
In Jeremiah 32:27 God asks: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” The Psalmist said, “Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). When we praise God with the remaining breath in us He will come down and flush the devil out for us and rescue us from the den of lions. God is always for us and with us and every time we are shut in and there seems to be no way out, we are just to praise God. As we do, there will be an earthquake, the prison gates will be shattered, and we will walk out into liberty for the tabernacle of David, which is praise, has found a place in our heart, so that we can have pleasures forever more!
Praise is an invitation that God can never turn down. Every time praise rises up to God, He steps in. That thing which the devil thinks is enough reason for us not to praise God, let it be the very reason for which we are praising Him. For when He stretches forth His hand, who can turn it back?”But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)
“I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, Which has horns and hooves.” (Psalm 69:30-31)
“The people whom I formed for myself, that they might recount my praise.” (Isaiah 43:21) “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)We were created by God to live a life of praise and show forth His praises. Praise pleases God. As wonderful as faith is and the great accomplishments it brings, faith is not as potent as praise. While faith draws on God’s faithfulness, praise draws on God’s personality.”But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).God is pleased, so He moves to honor faith. But when God is pleased with praise, He comes down in person. God’s faithfulness is triggered off by faith, while praise compels His presence. When God is pleased, exploits explode and we no longer live the ordinary life. Everything begins to answer to us in our business, career and Family. Miracles, signs and wonders begin to answer to us.
It’s time to mean business with God! When God is pleased, anything can happen. So if we want to see something happen in our life, business and Family? All we need to do is just please Him with our praises. We need to acknowledge Him. We need to appreciate and acknowledge from our hearts every act and favor of God.