This powerful tool is the key to a victorious walk with God.
Psalms 65:1 Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Zion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.
Have you ever heard the cliché 'when the praises go up, the blessings come down?' It is true that this term is not written in the bible, but it does not prevents it from being any less true.
My friend, our blessing is truly linked to our praises.
Psalms 67: 5,6,7
Do you see what I see?
First, a call was made for praises. These few lines, are not questions. They were stated 'matter-of-factly'. They were stated more in the form of an order.
The chief musician sent out an 'order of praise' to all of God's people because he knew what would happen next, if they obeyed.
The scripture went on to say 'Then' : Haleluiah!
Did you ever see this before?
Now, I have to stop here, to bring our memories back to the third grade when we learnt about the word 'then' . Was it third grade? Anyways ...
The word 'then' is used when indicating time. When you want to tell about a sequence of events, or are giving instructions in a step-by-step order, the word 'then' is necessary to be used.
With this in mind, if you reread the verse one more time, you will see the 'sequence of events'. The praises goes up unto God, "THEN" 'the earth will yield her increase, and God even our God shall bless us'. This is the effect of praise.
It is after we praise God, our blessing comes. In my study of the verb increase I found out that it meant more than simply producing. It meant to make greater in size, amount, intensity, or degree.
Now that's some blessing! And it is all linked to our praises. This psalm, was not written by just any one. It was written by the chief musician of the House of God.
The one that was placed in authority and given proper instructions to direct the people. That's why he spoke in such authority, because he knew what he was saying was the truth!
I did some studies on the walls of Jericho, a few years back and my findings are so exciting that I just had to share them with you.
The city of Jericho was firstly surrounded by a ditch and it was impossible for the children of Israel to cross over into the city unless the door was let down. There were actually two sets of walls.The first set was 6ft thick and approximately 4 story high.
Standing at the base, it formed the illusion that the wall was as high as a sky-scraper.
To compound the situation, the city was situated on a hill. If anyone got opportunity to pass the first wall, they would still have to pass another to get to the central part of this city.
This inner city was again surrounded by a wall 46ft high, and 12 ft thick.
Wow! Just to get into the city Israel had to:
By their strength alone, the task was simply impossible. But God!
God, brought them a mighty victory, and they were made triumphant by using a tool that to us may seem too simple to be effective .....'PRAISES'. I often wondered whether God was testing the obedience of the children of Israel, to see if they would just simply obey.
This was a practical demonstration of how powerful our praises are, and history, proves that Jericho's walls did fall, and just in the way that the bible said it did. God wants us to understand that
When situations arise, instead of worrying, God gave us the answer. We should instead, believe God by faith for the impossible, throw our head back, lift our hands high, and praise God like there is no tomorrow...and watch our walls come tumbling down!
And that's the effect of our praises.
A few years ago, I realized that I had been praising God all wrong. When I made the shift in my praises, I realized that it was much easier to touch God through my appreciation.
1) It's about the heart: The first thing I did to touch God with my praises, was meaning every single word that I said: whether during prayer, random compliments, or even when singing a song to the Lord. Our words should be expressed meaningfully, be felt and come from the heart not only from our lips.
As I often say, "when I feel it, then this is a signal that God felt it too." At times this may mean slowing down, listening to the lyrics or content of the song before even singing, because every gospel song is not an actual "gospel song."
2) Speak to Him/Sing To Him NOT about Him - This may seem like a weird thing to say, but it is mighty. When appreciating God, it is not about anyone else but Him. The Lord deserves our praise and worship. Every praise that we give should be directed to Him.
For example: When you praise God, instead of saying "the Lord is good" - which sounds like we are speaking to our friend about the goodness of the Lord -; why not use "Lord 'you' are good." Speak directly to Him your feelings is powerful. Tell him you appreciate everything thing that He's done in your life and mean each word.
If leading church devotion, instead of saying, "Everybody, please help me praise the Lord because He is worthy," we can change this to " Lord, I praise you because you are worthy." Speaking directly to Him creates the intimacy needed for really and truly touching God.
3) Bible Study Helps: Finally, schedule your next 5 Word Bible Study sessions for discovering the meaning, background, root word of terms used in the Bible in appreciation to God.
Terms such as "majesty," "honor," 'glory," "worthy" "worship" "blessings," to fully grasp the purpose and true meaning of these and other words and the context they should be used, so that we can pray and praise not only in the Spirit but with the understanding also [ 1 Corinthians 14:15].
Let us know below what you do, to touch God through your praises.