Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:22
When God’s people begin to praise His name, it sends the enemy running. Since praise manifests God’s presence, we also realize that praise repels the presence of the enemy, Satan. An atmosphere which is filled with sincere worship and praise to God by humble and contrite hearts is disgusting to the devil.
When the children of Judah found themselves outnumbered by the hostile armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, King Jehoshaphat and all the people sought the Lord for His help. The Lord assured them that this would be His battle. He told them to go out against them, and He would do the fighting for them. So, what did the children of Judah do? Being the people of “praise” (Judah actually means praise), and knowing that God manifests His power through praise, they sent their army against their enemies, led by the praise singers.
Praise should be part of our lifestyle; we should inter-mingle praises as a part of our daily prayer -life. At work, in the car, at home in bed, or anywhere, praise to the Lord brings a refreshing of the Lord’s presence, along with His power and anointing. Hear the Psalmist, “…I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalms 34:1) There are many actions involved with praise to God — verbal expressions of adoration and thanksgiving, singing, playing instruments, shouting, dancing, lifting or clapping our hands. But true praise is not “merely” going through these motions. Jesus spoke about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, whose worship was only an outward show and not from the heart. “These people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoured me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” (Matthew 15:8) Genuine praise to God is a matter of humility and sincere devotion to the Lord from within.
Paul and Silas knew the secret of how to lift their hearts above their troubles and enter into God’s presence and power. Through praise and worship, their hearts were raised into the joyous presence and peace of God, and provided God a channel for His power to operate in their circumstances. High praises bring our spirit into a pinnacle of fellowship and intimacy with God — it magnifies our awareness of our spiritual union with the Most High God. Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural and into the power of God.
MASS: WHITE 2 Sam 24:2. 9-17; Ps 32:1-2. 5. 6. 7 (R.5a); Accl.Jn 10:27; Mk 6:1-6 JOHN BOSCO, P, RF M
1. Just praise and worship God in songs for at least 35 minutes.
Exercise: Read the daily exercise recommended for the novena and take the Day Six of the novena in “Amen: It is Done”.
Meditation: Psalms 147:12-20.