Monday, May 23, 2011

The power of Praise!

What is praise? The Dictionary defines it as the act of expressing admiration, approval or laudation. It is the offering of grateful hommage in words or song. Why do we praise God? More importantly, when do we praise God?

Do we praise Him only when things are going well? Do we praise Him only if He answers our prayers the way we want to? How easy is that? But what about when you get that dianosis of cancer or your husband leaves you or someone you loves die or you lose your job or you don't find a job for months. Do you praise God then?

Apparently, most of the crowds who followed Jesus here on earth were much like that. They praised God and followed Jesus because they either wanted him to heal them, feed them, or they wanted Him to overthrow the Roman rule and free them from enslavement.

Though Jesus did heal and feed many, He did not come to free them from earthly enslavement. He had something much more eternal in mind. Yet when they realized that, they turned on Him. They went from praising Him one day to crucifying Him the next.

I see so many Christians turn on God when He doesn't preform like they want him to. When He doesn't get them that job, save their marriage, get them that relationship, fulfill their dream. They get angry and claim God doesn't love them. That He's against them. It really saddens me.
Because if God doesn't answer your specific prayer the way you want, chances are He has something far greater in mind for you.

Why do we praise God? Because He is worth of praise. Plain and simple. We praise Him because that's what we were created to do. I used to think that God's demand for praise made Him sound rather narcisistic. But He doesn't need our praises to feed his ego. He longs for our praises because He knows that only by our worship of Him will we ever find fulfillment, peace, joy, and love. In other words, our praising God meets all of our needs in this life and the next. It's for our benefit, not His.

  • Praise defeats the enemy
  • Praise is an act of faith
  • Praise connects you with a loving God
  • Praise focuses on God not on you, which leads to joy. Have you ever met anyone whose primary focus is themselves? They aren't very happy are they?
  • Praise releases the bounty of Heaven
  • Praise pleases the Holy Spirit, releasing His power and provision
  • Praise sends demons packing
  • Praise defeats depression

Don't believe me? Check out these Scriptures.
Our purpose
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

Our salvation
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;So shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 22:4

Praise unleashes power and provision
And the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets—indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.
 2 Chron 5:12-14

Defeat your enemies
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.”  Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.   2 Chron 20:21-22

But You are holy,  Enthroned in the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them. Psalm 22:3-4

Praise is an act of will
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth Psalm 34:1

Enter into God's presence
I will Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,And into His courts with praise.  Psalm 100:4

Praise is a weapon
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,And a two-edged sword in their hand, Psalm 149:6

Cure for depression
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; Isaiah 61:3


  1. Monday, May 23rd,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    Thank-you for this timely word ! Yes ... Praise Him because He IS worthy !!! And, we are told to praise Him in His Word.
    'Praise' and 'Thanksgiving' ... I believe the two are closely entwined. I have been working very hard at -- thanking the Lord, in "all" things ... when the going is good, and, when it's not. He knows best ... and I guess that is where 'trust' comes in.
    When we are praising the Lord ... there isn't room for much else. More of Him, less of me !!!
    Thanks, MaryLu ... for this great reminder !
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  2. Great post, MaryLu! And so true! Whenever I start to feel sorry for myself, I want to slap myself. I love the 'Praise sends demons packing'. Keep these great posts coming!
    I am on the edge of my seat right now. Jackie is at the doctor finding out what the sex of the baby is. I am waiting for her call to tell me the outcome. I pray the baby is not shy.
    Have a great week!

  3. Monday, May 23rd,
    "Afternoon, MaryLu."
    Just a quick question .....
    The woman in the picture above .... standing on the cliff with arms outstretched, praising the Lord .... that wouldn't happen to be 'you', would it .... looking out toward the Pacific Ocean ???
    Just wondering ..... It's a beautiful shot !
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  4. No, that's not me, Brenda.. but it is a lovely shot! I wish it was me.. I have done that a bunch of times. :-) Anyway, thanks for your comments.
    Debbie... let us know about the baby as soon as you find out!

  5. I always love posts on praise, and yours is just great, MaryLu!! Thanks for sharing! This made my day!

  6. IT'S A GIRL!!!!!! Yippee! Now I will have a beautiful granddaughter. I already have a handsome grandson. One of each! Praise God!
    Just don't mention this on Facebook, because no one else knows.
    Have a great night. I know I will.
    Oh and the name is going to be:
    Cassie Sue
    (My middle name is Sue. Cool!)
    I am going to call her Tinkerbell, Tink for short. Now, I will have a Pooh Bear and a Tinkerbell!
    (Can you tell I'm excited?LOL)

  7. Oh, I'm SO EXCITED for you, Debbie!!!! God is good to give you one of each. And I love the name Cassie Sue.. Not sure how you got Tinkerbell out of that.. but hey, that's cool. Love 'Tink'! And Jackie's doing well? Is she excited? Thanks so much for sharing..

  8. Yes, Jackie is very excited. The nickname has nothing to do with her name. I nicknamed Lucas 'Pooh Bear' because my daughter Debra loves Winnie the Pooh. Jackie loves Tinkerbell, so there ya have it. We've already went shopping for a few things for our little granddaughter. Loving being a grammy right now!

  9. I'm thinking it must be very hard for the people in Joplin, MO to praise God right now. I know if I was in their situation, I regret to say I wouldn't be very ready to praise God. I mean I'd be very sad and wouldn't be in a very cheery mood. I would thank God for sparing our lives and pray and try and help others, but not sure I could praise God with a smile on my face.

  10. Beautiful message, MaryLu!

    Congrats to Debbie! :-)

    @Anonymous - Yes, let's all keep those in Joplin in our prayers...they desperately need it right now.

  11. Yes, I agree.. let's keep those poor people in Joplin in our prayers. Just horrible. And I, too, wonder if I'd be able to praise God if I lost everything and especially a loved one. I hope I would, but you never know until you're in that situation.
    By the way, I"m heading out tomorrow. I have Blog posts all ready to go but I'll not be able to answer your comments until next week. God Bless!

  12. Tues May 24th,
    Note to: Debbie M --
    "Congratulations" to you, Jackie and family .... on learning that a little "Cassie Sue", or "Tink" .... is 'in the works' !
    Enjoy 'preparing' for the new arrival, and enjoy the adventure along the way.
    Also -- thinking about the people in Joplin ... what terrible tragedies ! It wasn't me, who was in the devastation ... yet I know .... that God IS good, He is always present, always caring. Why some tragedies strike some, and, not others ... I don't know. But I have to -- believe and trust ... that things ... happen for a reason; toward a larger picture. Will keep these dear folk, in my prayers.
    And, prayers for you as well MaryLu ... for safe, travelling mercies. Enjoy your time away !
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  13. Such a wonderful message! The works of God, that He even provides for us through the act of praise is marvelous.