Act 16:22-25 “The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,”
1. Praise is your expression of your understanding of God’s greatness. It is the outward flow of the revelation that God has put inside. Victorious is the Lord, therefore victoriously is He to be praised.
“I will praise Him according to His excellent greatness.” Declare the victory, power, goodness, and greatness of God.
2. Praise must flow from sincerity. It is impossible to please the Lord without faith. If you ain’t got no faith, God loves you, but He’s not pleased with you. God wants to give us music to handle through the night, but you must have faith.
3. Repentance is a prelude to praise. A right spirit is necessary. God has His blood to apply to any situation. There is a posture to praise. There is something that goes on in your mind and spirit when you praise.
Todah was a sacrifice of praise, a sweet savor, a lifting of hands in thanksgiving. It’s a surrender praise, submit to God praise.
Yahudah or Yadah is a rejoicing with extended hands, not sacrifice, but rejoicing. It’s a confessing things about God, i.e. He’s holy, worthy of all glory, worthy of all honor, etc. You’re in His presence and you’ve gotten right with Him and you praise Him. 95% of the word ‘praise’ is ‘raise’. So, raise those hands!
I Tim 2:8 “I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;”
Proper praise is in agreement with God, not an argumentative spirit. Don’t hide your rebellion, repent and forsake it!
Hallal is a whole body praise, where you get your dance on, boasting about God.
Barak is to bless or kneel or bow down, showing honor or giving a gift as before a king. This is a posture of submission to God.
Psalm 95:6 “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!”
There is no room for negative talk in my mouth when I am singing praises to the Lord. We get lifted up when we praise the Lord. God picks us up when we reach for Him in praise. Praise is salvation.
The next levels of praise are engaging the enemy. The enemy wants to establish the anti-Christ kingdom and to eliminate the real Christ and Christians from the earth. This comes against our praise. The devil starts hacking away at us. If we think we don’t have a reason to praise, that’s the devil lying to you. There is victory in giving praise to God. There can be no victory without it.
God chose shouts of praise to take down the walls of Jericho. It is Biblical to be loud.
Shabak means to ‘command’ to ‘triumph’, to shout what God is to us. When Satan comes at us like a roaring lion, we need to spread ourselves out and shout God’s victory. There is victory in our praise!
The only way to beat a lion (for real) is not to run. You can’t outrun a lion. But, if you stand and spread out your body as big and large as you can get—raising your arms and shout as loud as you can, you’ll spook the lion. Put your big praise on when Satan comes at you. You’ve got to have praise when trouble comes. God puts stuff into us so that we can have that peace in a storm. God knows when we don’t. Triumph comes in a shout of praise.
Isaiah 12:6 “Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
Cry aloud for joy because God is with you! ‘O clap your hands all ye people and shout unto the Lord a shout of victory.’ One and God is a majority and the majority wins!
By yourself, you lose. With God, you win.
Zamar is to praise God with instruments, an extension of yourself in an attempt to display God’s glory, to strike with the fingers, to declare the majesty of God, accompanied by the voice.
Psalm 147:7 “Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!” Psalm 144:9 “I will sing a new song to you, O God; upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,” Psalm 149:3 “Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!”
Don’t praise the musician, praise the Maker of the musician and the Creator of music.
Tehelah is where we give a voice of praise, singing spontaneous songs of praise to the Lord. This is what happens when you are in the middle of the night and instead of grumbling and complaining, we praise anyway. This is the highest level of praise, because it’s a spontaneous praise that happens in the midst of disaster.
Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
The Israelites went out to the battlefield praising the Lord. This is the most powerful weapon we have! Singing messes with the mind of your enemy. The enemy gets confused with the sound of celebration coming to them. The Israelites praised the beauty of holiness. By the time they got to the battlefield, the enemy had killed themselves and the Israelites got the blessing.
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.
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