Many times, I answer the telephone with this statement, this phrase, this truth, “Praise the Lord”. One day, I said it on the phone to one of the grandchildren. She replied,” Not again!” I guess you can tell that I have said it a lot to her. I say it purposefully to add another opportunity to salute, to adore, to express my admiration to the Lord God Almighty. There are so many opportunities to gripe and complain about our circumstances. Let us turn the table on the devil and interject praise breaks into our lives.
My Man of God, husband, and best friend, the Late, Great Pastor Robert E. Jones, always included praise in his daily life. When anyone complimented him, his index fingers would immediately go into the air pointing upward to give God the glory and praise. Looking closely at the picture above, you will see him standing at the altar in his praise position.
Praise is a powerful asset for believers to be edified. Keep reading and incorporate into your study arsenal just a few facts about praise.
Many of the Bible patriots praised.
- King David praised and danced before the Lord with all his might when bringing the ark of God to the City of David.
- King Jehoshaphat praised and sent the singers first into battle to praise the beauty of holiness. When they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the enemy.
- Paul and Silas praised the Lord in a prison prayer meeting. The foundations shook, the doors of the prison were opened, and their shackles broken.
What does praise do?
- Praise is strength.
- Praise stills the enemy and the avenger.
- Praise brings God on the scene because He inhabits the praises of His people.
- Praise blesses the Lord as we enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.
When should we praise?
- As we offer the sacrifice of praise continually, we bless the Lord at all times, and His praise is continually in our mouths.
Who should praise?
- In heaven, the angels are praising, the twenty-four elders are praising, Pastor Jones is praising, and every living creature is praising the Lord.
- Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.
- Since I have breath, I praise the Lord. He is my provider, protector, defender, a good company keeper, my high Priest, my healer, a good Father to me and a good father to my children, a way maker, a burden bearer, my glory and the lifter up of my head.
Praise is what I do. What about you?
Harriet Noel Jones