By Rev Fr Mario Ozele
Why was Kind David so different from other kings of Israel? What was David’s secret? Why was it that no enemy ever succeeded over him? Why and how did he rise from nothing to becoming the greatest King in Israel? Why is it that even the Lord Jesus Christ is called the son of David?
You will find a clue to the reason why in Psalm 18:1-3. David said: “I will love thee, oh! LORD my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength in whom I will trust; my bucker, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies.”
David kept on calling God by some very special names;
The horn of my salvation
My high tower.
David knew how to speak to God, until God will be compelled to say “I must do something for this my son.”
I want you to do that now for just about five minutes. Whatever you think God is to you, tell Him, my LORD, my savior, my healer, my provider, the lover of my soul, my King, my teacher, my help, my supporter, my deliverer, my hope, you are all in all to me.There is no one else like you; in my Life, you are the greatest; in my life, you are the best; oh LORD, you are my LORD. You are the one I trust. You are my horn of salvation, you are my rock and I will lift you high, I will praise you, I will lift you high, I will adore you, I will magnify your name…
The Psalmist prayed “Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O LORD! Make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay” (Psalm 70:1). We need for the true God to arise in our lives and His enemies which are also our enemies be scattered. This will only occur by fellowshipping at the Lord’s altar, reading and doing the word of God and going into our prayer and praise closet so God could answer our prayers just like He had answered the Psalmist prayers! The Psalmist didn’t just pray, He praised God and brought His presence down!
Whereas angels attend to prayer, God personally attends to praise (Psalm. 22:3). Every prayer requires some form of angelic intervention for the answer to be delivered. Prayers are made to God, but the answers are passed down through angels. But praise is superior to prayer. How do I know? Whereas angels attend to prayers, God personally attends to praises; and that makes the difference. When God attends to anything, we can be sure of who wins. Every time God rises in our favor, the victory is won. Praise is what makes God rise from His holy habitation; it is what triggers off the intervention of the Omnipotent God. And when God steps in, every devil bows out.
Every mind-boggling miracle that took place in the Bible was in direct response to praise. Jesus lifted His eyes to heaven and gave thanks, and there was enough food from five loaves of bread and two small fishes to feed five thousand men! All He said was, “Father, I thank you”, not, “Father, multiply this bread and fish.”Praise is God’s hotline anytime! We can pray amiss, but we can never praise amiss!
Jesus said something about prayer that is very revealing, “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53). Angels will always respond to prayer, at the command of the Father. That is why they are called ministering spirits, sent to minister to us who are the heirs of salvation (Hebrew. 1:14). Angels attend to prayer, while God personally attends to praise. We can make our choice! The hottest prayer will only bring angels down, but every acceptable praise brings God down!
It’s time to praise God down into every tight issue of our life. When we begin to sing and praise God, He sets ambush against our enemies (2 Chronicles. 20:22-25). It is praise that makes our battle change hands. God will always take over our battles when we praise Him. See God’s word is unchanging in Psalm 149: “Hallelujah! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful. Let Israel be glad in its maker, the people of Zion rejoice in their king. Let them praise his name in dance, make music with tambourine and lyre. For the LORD takes delight in his people, honors the poor with victory. Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, cry out for joy on their couches, with the praise of God in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hands, to bring retribution on the nations, punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings in shackles, their nobles in chains of iron, to execute the judgments decreed for them—such is the glory of all God’s faithful. Hallelujah!”
There is no situation in our life that will take more than praise to bow. This is because praise brings God into any situation, and whatever cannot stop God cannot stop it. Why? When we pray, God answers; but when we praise, He steps in, in all His glory, might, power and awesomeness. If we want to secure God’s company in the midst of any conflict, we must just release ourselves to praise, and He will be there in person. When God comes on the spot, every devil gives way!