THE POWER OF PRAISE
Isaiah 61:1-3 (NKJV) The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted . . . . To comfort all who mourn . . . . To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
1. Praise lifts us out of sorrow and depression.
When we praise God we change our focus! Joy is reborn.
Psalm 71:23 (NIV) My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you.
2. Praise invites God’s presence into our lives.
Psalm 140:13 (NIV) Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence.
Psalm 22:3 (WEB) [God] you are holy, you who inhabit the praises of Israel.
“Inhabit,” in the Hebrew, means to sit down and abide in. In her book, Healing from Heaven, by Dr. Lillian B. Yeoman talks about a vision God gave of two baskets.
- The basket of prayer (tests, trials, etc). The basket was full.
- The basket of praise. The basket was half full.
God said, “When the praise basket was full, her miracle would be manifested.”
3. Praise gives us the right perspective.
Psalm 103:2-13 (ERV) My soul, praise the Lord and never forget how kind he is! He forgives all our sins and heals all our sicknesses. He saves us from the grave [hell], and he gives us love and compassion. He gives us plenty of good things. He makes us young again, like an eagle that grows new feathers. The Lord does what is fair. He brings justice to all who have been hurt by others. He taught his laws to Moses. He let Israel see the powerful things he can do. The Lord is kind and merciful. He is patient and full of love. He does not criticize. He does not stay angry with us. We sinned against him, but he didn’t give us the punishment we deserved. His love for his followers is as high above us as heaven is above the earth. And he has taken our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is as kind to his followers as a [good] father is to his children.
4. Praise makes the enemy flee.
James 4:7-8 (NKJV) Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
2 Chronicles 20:22 (NIV) The king ordered some musicians to put on the robes they wore on sacred occasions and to march ahead of the army, singing: “Praise the Lord! His love is eternal!” When they began to sing, the Lord threw the invading armies into a panic.
5. Praise releases the power of Heaven.
Acts 16:25-26 (NLT) Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!
- Praise brought down the walls at Jericho (Joshua 6).
- Praise gave Israel victory in battle (2 Chronicles 20).
- Praise caused prison doors to open and chains to fall off!
That is why God is looking for those who will worship Him is spirit and truth (John 4:23). These people are powerful!