Max Lucado writes, "Jehoshaphat appointed particular people to publicly declare God's goodness through singing and praise during their battles and when they began singing and praising the LORD, He set ambushes against their enemies.
Jesus tells us that He inhabits the praises of His people, and we should continually speak of His Righteousness and Glory, and that when we are in trouble to praise Him - in all situations at all times - because He is totally in control.
Upon entering the church we saw those that had arrived early for service were not socializing or visiting but simply worhipping and praising the Lord, and His Presence was like a thick cloud all over the church.
It was hard to tell when the service actually started, because the congregation never ceased to worship. As different speakers stepped up to the podium throughout the service, as all the singers took their turn sharing music, the congregation continued in their worship.
No matter when we sang or testified of the Lord's goodness, they continued to remain standing on their feet praising the Lord throughout the entire service. We were in awe.
The Spirit of God was felt so strongly there. People were just praising the Lord all over the place - in a dance leaping for joy - bowing before Him crying and travailing - standing in their pew with their hands raised to Heaven saying 'Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus!'
There was no one particular type of worship, just everyone praising God in their own way. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.
Again, it was hard to determine exactly when the altar service began, because people made their way to the altar all throughout the service, and at the end the altar was completely full with with people crying out to God.
In church that day, lives were changed forever as people were filled with the Holy Spirit, healed, delivered, and set free. All because this congregation simply obeyed the Word of God and 'entered into His courts with praise' as we're told to do in Psalm 100:4.
Webster defines worship as an intense love or admiration, to honor with an extravagant respect or devotion, and praise as an expression of approval and to glorify or commend the worth of.
This church intensely loved and praised and worshipped God. Their devotion to Him said that He is worthy of all of their praise, and they worshipped Him in the Power of His Spirit and Truth!
That is what worship is all about, praising and loving and admiring our Lord!
What about our worship, what does it say about our love for God? If we are truly in love with Him, then Psalm 34:1 says that we will bless the Lord at all times and His Praise shall continually be in our mouths.
He wants us to not only pray but to also praise Him. The Bible is full of stories of victorious people because they praised the Lord - the walls of Jericho fell when Israel praised God - Paul and Silas were delivered from prison and won others to Christ because they praised God.
If there are needs in our lives or others, bring them in prayer before the Lord and then by continued praise we will be assured of the victory because praise changes things. Praising God will flood our souls with His divine Presence more than in any other way.
Why do some not like the noise that often fervent praise brings? Why do they think it is unnecessary and even foolish when in Psalm 98:4 we are exhorted to make a loud noise of rejoicing and singing praises unto the Lord?
The world goes crazy at sports events and rock concerts, and gets so loud one can't speak and be heard - why shouldn't His Followers get happy when they glorify His Name with exuberant and continual praise? Psalm 34:1 tells us let His praise be continually be in our mouths.
Luke 19:40 says that followers of Jesus worship and praise Him. He's the same Jesus who walked the shores of Galilee, and praise (called the aspirin of His Holy Spirit to our souls) changes things.
When we find ourselves going through a storm or a testing place that seems to point to defeat, if we praise the Lord for five minutes we'll sense the glory of His Presence and all things will then seem possible by His mighty Power.
How can we do that, how can we constantly have an overflowing spirit of praise and worship and thankfulness? By establishing a habit of it, to daily let love, joy, peace, praise, worship, thankfulness, gratitude, forbearance, forgiveness and longsuffering super-abound and overflow with more than is necessary and above and beyond to the Lord, and by yielding our all to Him on a moment-to-moment basis.
1 Chron.23:5 says that David so valued singing praises and worship to God that he put together an orchestra of 4,000 people playing instruments of praise and worship unto Him. He was a man after the Lord's heart because of his love for the Lord, with constant singing praises and worship to Him. He used all of his abilities for God and as a result won battle after battle with His help.
God will use our abilities, hobbies, interests, and talents to glorify Himself if we yield them to Him - just as He used the rod in Moses' hand and it became famous throughout Egypt and Israel and history because he used it to glorify God - just as He used Samson and the donkey's jawbone - just as He used David's sling and five stones - just as He used a little boy's lunch of five loaves and two fish - to bring glory to Himself.
Colossians 3:17 says that God will get glory if, whatever we say or do in the Name of the Lord Jesus, we give thanks and praise to the Father through Him!
God loves and protects His precious children and this is His formula for good days and for difficult times. He wants us to take refuge in Him and be glad, but how can we be glad when we're riddled with the stresses of life? God's formula and remedy is to sing - sing for joy and praise Him, and joy will flood our souls!
No matter how we may be feeling, praising the Lord lifts our spirits and brings joy. We have a God who loves and cares for us, and He says that He will shield and surround us with His protection by walking with us through every temptation or trial that comes into our lives to hurt or harm us.
When we learn the secret of singing praises and worship to the Lord in our trials and at all times, when we praise Him for who He is and all He has done for us, then victory is ours through His Name - just as Paul and Silas found out in Acts 16:25-40 and Peter found out in Acts 12 - we will also discover the omnipotent power of Jesus our Lord working in our lives!"
Praise the Lord our God - Hallelujah!
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