When we magnify the Lord, we change our perception and revelation of our God.
The language of English is flawed and cannot translate the word ‘praise’ correctly. There are at least ten main words that are translated to ‘praise’.
Praising God does not change God, it changes you.
Prov 27:21 “As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.” You become refined and changed. God responds to genuine praise with understanding. People will get saved, delivered, set free if there is almighty genuine praise unto the Lord. God is waiting for us to get genuine, to get real with Him.
Ex 19:5-6 “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.”
A way has been made for us to show forth God’s praise. The verses in Exodus were not fulfilled. They did not obey His voice indeed. If we do this, we fulfill this prophecy.
I Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
Heb 13:15 “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name,” (emphasis mine).
Sometimes, it’s a sacrifice to give praise. In the face of tragedy and failure, when we choose to praise anyway, that comes before God as a sacrifice.
We have got to get whatever comes out of our mouths that which is acceptable and good to almighty God. Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Praise starts with the will, ‘I WILL’ choose to praise the Lord continually. It doesn’t matter how hot the building is, I can still choose, still will, still desire, to praise the Lord.
We must praise the Lord. There is three times as much mentioning in the Bible about praise as about prayer. There is more about praise than about prayer. That doesn’t mean prayer isn’t important. It just means the Word of God talks more about praise. There has been so much the Lord has done for me; I always have something to praise Him about.
Psalm 9:1-2 “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”
God took the authority away from King Saul and gave it to David. The Messiah came from David’s bloodline because David’s praise impressed God.
Psalm 24:3-4 “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”
‘God has this problem, He thinks He’s God,’ –T.F.Tenney. God designed us to praise Him. When you begin to praise God, you enthrone Him as King. When we realize God is King, He says, ‘Now, we’re getting somewhere. Now, we can move forward and do something great.’ The king’s law is irrevocable. Out of the king’s mouth, it is law. When you begin to praise God, you build that throne. When you have a situation that is big, you need to start building a BIG throne by your praise!
Praise flows from revelation, from understanding. You need to know Him and understand Him and then you will receive revelation, you will be able to praise.
If Satan can remove your understanding, praise goes away, and depression comes in.
Our greatest revelation is the Oneness of God, the revelation of Who God Is. God manifested Himself in Jesus. He laid down His own life. God laid it down. He robed Himself in flesh in order to die for us. Deu 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” and Psa 145:3 “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.”
The bar (the check to see if there is good health in the church) is when revelation goes forth and no response comes back. That’s a bad thing. We must respond to the revelation with praise.
Sin stops your praise. You must repent in order to praise. Your praise gets stuck in rebellion.
Judah comes from a Hebrew word that means ‘praise’. Leah named her son Judah when she stopped trying to win her husband’s love. She just praised the Lord.
‘Todah’ means thanksgiving, not because of what we feel. Palms up, we give God praise, to extend your arms as high as they can go, palms up, out. You are giving peace to God, lifting your hands in total surrender. No more anger or doubt when you come to the Lord, total trust, total surrender.
‘Jadah’ is turning your hands inward, that’s where you receive from the Lord. You are funneling the Lord in. It’s all about using hands to show surrender and receiving from the Lord. Turn those hands in and get something from the Lord.
Another thing they did was bemoan or wring their hands together and clap their hands. When Israel clapped their hands, it reminded David of chains breaking and snapping down, and being set free. We clap our hands as a sign of victory and winning from slavery.
When you begin to praise God, with no weapons, God begins to fight with His weapons.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.