Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Psalm 67:3
The Bible says in Hebrews 2:11 that Jesus is not ashamed to call us brethren. Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and Judah means Praise (Gen 29:35). That means that as brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, we belong to the Tribe of Praise! Friend, when you are not aligned with Praise, you are not aligned with your destiny.
God loves praise. It excites Him! David became Gods darling because of praise. It took him straight to the top. The whole of Saul’s army could not stop where God was taking him. It was God in the Praises of His people that brought down the Walls of Jericho. Paul and Silas prayed in the jail cell, but it was only after they sang and praised God that the prison shook, the bands were loosed and the prison doors were opened!
Prayer certainly has its place, but it is praise that motivates God to act. Praise is greater than prayer in potency. Angels are assigned to prayer, but God inhabits praise (Psalm 22:3)!
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Are they (Angels) not all ministering spirits sent out to serve those who are going to inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14
When something stronger than you is coming against your life, stop struggling and just begin to praise God from the depths of your heart! Don’t forget that God is, “fearful in praises, doing wonders” (Exodus.15:11)!
1. Praise will preserve God’s Blessing on your life
You can get blessed without praise, but it takes praise to preserve it. By not remembering to give God glory due to him, the priests in Malachi risked having dung spread on their faces. Dung represents shame and reproach. Praise is to blessing what Salt is to meat.
And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it. Malachi 2:1-3
2. Praise comes from Thankfulness
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalms 100:4
The reason many struggle with praise is because they have not first learned to be thankful. They are too focused on what they don’t have rather than what God has already done. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Did you know, your thankfulness is the only thing that you have that God cannot give to Himself? Many want to Worship and get to the Presence of God. But it takes Thankfulness to get to Praise, and it takes Praise to get to a place of true Worship.
3. Your Harvest of Blessing responds to Praise
May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. Psalm 67:5