I was in a service late last year, 2012, and the Pastor said something very profound. He said “…when you face your problem, you back your solution.”
I remember thinking; could a statement be any truer?
If you face something, you automatically back whatever stands on the opposing side and so, facing God means backing your problems.
Praise is just about appreciating God because of His person.
1. Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
The scripture then ends by saying,
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Psalm 150:1-2, 6
This is important because how high you rate God can be measured by how much you praise Him.
A practical example is when two people really love each other. They can’t help it but speak so highly of each other- especially at times when caught unawares.
It means therefore that if you love God, you will continuously praise Him.
Not only when you may feel like it, but all the time. Even when you have nothing else to say or do, you still just want to praise Him.
This reminds me of a story my father shares often about when Mike Murdock once came to visit in Nigeria. They were on a short journey and Mike Murdock, I’m sure after hearing my dad say “praise the Lord”, “Thank you Jesus”, “hallelujah”, so many times, he decided to begin counting. He counted over 170 times that my father said this during this short ride. On the part of my father, this was in no way intentional, and was not done because this other minister was in the car with him. That’s just my father.
He praises God every second he gets and this is something I continuously hope to emulate.
Praise causes the earth to respond to you:
5 . Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
6 . Then shall the earth yield her increase…”
Psalm 67: 5-6 (KJV)
This explains why with praise, you have access to all you could ever need, and more.
We see that praise is rooted in love and so love- powered praise is always pure and undefiled. It is based solely on your love for God and not the things He already did, or the things you’re hoping for Him to do. It’s your love for Him spewing out in the words you speak and the actions you take.
1. Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength.
2. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Psalm 29:1-2 (KJV)
These words and actions show our love for God and a few of them in particular act as markers for us in our walk with Him.
My father says this over and again but here goes…
“if you love God, you’ll love His word,
if you love God, you’ll love His house,
if you love God, you’ll serve Him,
and if you love God, you’ll love to give.”
All of these will be further discussed along with the benefits of love-powered praise in parts (2) and (3).
I pray that these words above which have gone ahead begin to stir you up on your inside to want to praise God more than ever before.
From this segment also, we will be doing something called JNW [Joys’ Nugget for the Week].
This week its very simple- “Interrupt your schedule and praise God today.”
God bless you mightily and may He cause His face to shine upon you this week in Jesus name!
Until next time, please call or write, and share your testimonies with me .
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