Pro 27:21 “As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.”
Praise is a choice. It is not based on emotion. Sometimes I won’t feel squat, but I praise anyway.
Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
It isn’t your trials that refine you. It is your response, choosing to praise anyway, that refines you!
Psa 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.”
Praise will destroy depression! When you start praising God, something starts to happen.
The first level of praise is ‘todah’, a sacrifice of praise, lifting up hands, surrendering. Psalm 50:23 “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.”
The second level of praise is ‘jahoodah’. It’s confessing praise, proclaiming an attribute of God and the goodness of the Lord. Turn your hands inward, wring them together. Repentance is also part of this level of praise.
I Tim 2:8 “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
Sanctify my hands. No anger, no argument. You lift up your hands and destroy argument and anger and sin. Lifting up your hands makes a kind of funnel from God to your heart. Make peace with God so He can touch your heart.
This is where Judah’s name came from. Judah’s tribe always went first in war. Praise always came first. Jesus is called the Lion from the tribe of Judah. God is an atoning God, representing repentance and praise. You can’t have victory over any enemy without repentance and praise.
Third level of praise is ‘hallal’ which means to be clear, shine, make a show, to show off, to boast, to be clamorously foolish, to make oneself ridiculous, worthless, or foolish, your whole body praising. Sometimes, you gotta get a hallal going on! I was created to praise God with every single muscle, cell, and fiber of my body.
I Sam 21:13-15 “And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me? Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?”
Never mock the power of going crazy for God! This is worship to God. When Paul and Silas started praising the Lord, chains fell off. You can drool and praise the Lord. He is worthy of our praise.
I Chron 23:30 “And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even;”
By yourself or anytime God’s people are congregating, praise the Lord. ‘From the rising of the sun to the setting of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised [hallaled],’ (Psalm 113:3). The sun is always rising and setting somewhere on the earth.
Psalm 117:1-2 “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.”
Praise is for all denominations, for everyone, for all nations, to hallal the Lord!
If you’ve got a revelation and you refuse to praise God, you are dead! You can show up to church and be dead! Revelation with no praise equals dead.
Praise with a sinful lifestyle is not praise. It is strange fire and makes God mad. It smells a stench that makes God want to throw up! He will not have praise that is unrighteous. You will be delivered when you repent and praise!
The fourth level of praise is ‘barak’ which means to bless or kneel. It is a deep revelation, a form of worship or surrender. It means to bow and have reverence in the presence of God. This is the final level before entering warfare. We can only give ourselves in total surrender. You are done with you and enter into warfare. You can’t fight the devil without submission to God. Get under His covering by repenting and submitting. You must submit and surrender to God. Behind the word ‘barak’ is the sense of blessing and giving. Give yourself as a servant.
Psa. 26:12 “My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the LORD.”
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.
- Ways to Praise (thelifechurchofdesplaines.wordpress.com)