The Power of Praise.

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“Praise is the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something.”– Oxford Dictionary

This was the topic of today’s preaching in my church. Preached by a naval commander, who knows exactly what it is to praise, and to be praised. I decided to share the word today, because it is inspirational and very helpful.

In this race as Christians, there are certain things that we can and ought to do to get God’s attention and/or get immense help from him.

Most times, we are bent on prayer. We think that well prayer is what we should do always to get God’s attention, but wait have you ever thought about praises?

Where I come from people love to praise. Whether or not it’s from their hearts. In the south-west of Nigeria, the Yoruba speaking people chant praise songs for their children at birth. Everyone knows that Kings and Princes love praises. Even you! Everyone loves to be praised.

If then we all love praises, how come we do not offer them to the King of the heavens and of earth?

Before you begin to praise him anyway, may I ask your reasons for praising him?  We ought to praise God with understanding or our praises will be fruitless. You cannot just praise God anyhow. You cannot praise him like you praise men because most times, some people just praise someone because they are asked to, not because they mean it or intend to.

Know that PRAISE= GRATITUDE.

When you praise God, you are saying Thank you, and admonishing him to bless you the more.

See the life of King David. We all know he found favour in the sight of God. Why? He knew how to engineer God to find favour in him through Praises. Left to me, I do not think there is anyone who has praised God the way David had.

David knew the power of praise.

You cannot thank God if you haven’t counted your blessings. Most times we forget what God has done for us and complain. When we have a very little trouble (I am guilty of this) we spend most of the time crying and grumbling. Today’s message has thought me to praise God in all situations.

It wasn’t a coincidence that the hymn we sang today was Count Your Blessings. God definitely was telling us something.  The hymn has a great meaning that I am yet to discover. As we all begin to appreciate God instead of complaining, we will understand this lyrics.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

 

Refrain

 

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your blessings, see what God hath done!

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

 

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

And you will keep singing as the days go by.

 

Refrain

 

When you look at others with their lands and gold,

Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;

Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy

Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

 

Refrain

 

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,

Do not be disheartened, God is over all;

Count your many blessings, angels will attend,

Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

 

Refrain

Words: John­son Oatman Jr. In Songs for Young People, by Edwin Excell (Chica­go, Illinois 1897)

Music: Edwin O. Excell

WHY SHOULD WE THANK GOD?

  • We sleep and wake up. Psalm 3:5- “I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.” KJV
  • We have breath. Psalm 150:6-“Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the Lord.”KJV
  • He forgives our sins and heals us from diseases
  • He has saved us from death
  • He provides food for us and good things of life to sustain us. Psalm 103:1-5

ATTRIBUTES OF PRAISES.

  • It brings about divine presence. Psalm 22:3- “But thou art holy, and thou inhabitest the praises of israel.”
  • Praise brings about signs and wonders. Exodus 15:11- “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods, who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?”

Concerning signs and wonders, we should remember the feeding of the 5000. Jesus, our leader did not despair when he saw that 5000 men (women and children not counted) after a good sermon needed food. You might want to say ‘but he is God, he knew what to do.’ No! He was human, he knew what it felt like to be booed in fact, his cousin had just been executed and he was sad.  But in a situation like that, he was calm, he told the disciples to search if they could find anything for them. And when they found 5 loaves of barley bread with 2 fish and presented to him, he gave THANKS. When he had given thanks, the food multiplied and went round everyone. They had 12 baskets left! Luke 9:10-17, John 6: 5-15, Mark 6: 31-44, Matthew 14: 13- 21.

See Lazarus’ death also. When he got to Bethany he prayed like this John 11: 41-42

“ Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.”

“And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.”

  • Praise brings about blessings.

However many a times, we do not praise but open our mouths and just sing. This is because we lack the understanding to praise. We will begin to see blessings in thousand folds when we learn to first give gratitude with our hearts and voices.

  • Praise brings about favour. Acts 2: 46-47
  • Praise brings victory. Psalm 149: 6

See the victory of the Israelites at Jericho. We all sing this song, but forget to pay attention to the meaning:

The walls of Jericho fell down flat

The walls of Jericho fell down flat

And the children of God were PRAISING the Lord

The walls of Jericho fell down flat!

When Paul and Silas where in prison, they praised, they sang, the chains went off. That is what praise can do. It does what no man can do for you. When you think all hope is lost and there is no way out. Praise God and see if he will not stand for you.

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