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The Power of Praise   2 comments

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Here is a quote from the book The Prayer that Changes Everything by Stormie Omartian: 

Worshiping God is the way He can pry us loose from ourselves and make us stop holding on to the world and start holding on to Him. God intends worship to restore us, fill us, motivate us, bless us and fulfill us in ways we never dreamed possible.  There are certain blessings that He wants to give us that will only come into our lives as we worship Him.

Our greatest blessing comes when we take the focus off ourselves and put it entirely on God in worship and praise.  Isn’t it just like our wonderful Lord to make something that is all about Him be the thing that blesses us the most when we do it?

Praise becomes the very means by which God pours Himself into our lives. It’s not something we can manipulate God into doing. It’s a gift He gives to those who have a true heart of love and reverence for Him. Only those who put God first will uncover the hidden power of praise.

This quote made me think of a few Bible verses that spoke about the power of praise: 

Acts 16:22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

2 Chronicles 20:20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” 22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

Psalm 42: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?  My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.  By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me– a prayer to the God of my life.  I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”  My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

I now must ask myself, am I really using the power of praise? Do I praise God in the storm as well as the bright sunshine?  Oh my Savior and God, I WILL YET PRAISE YOU!

Posted October 21, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Bible Study, Prayer, Quotes, Sunday, Worship