“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Heb 13:15).
- Praise increases our faith and trust in God. When we are losing hope and confidence in God’s promises because of delay, praise renews our trust as it reminds us of his faithfulness that he is not a man that he should lie. During our time of “waiting,” let us praise him and shakes his hands till we see the miracle. While you wait to climb up to his presence, praise him in the hallway.
- Praise lifts our spirits and brings joy during troubled times and challenging seasons. When the Bible says, “And David encouraged himself in the Lord,” his vehicle to achieving that is praise. Prophet Habakuk says, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (Hab 3:17-18).
- Praise helps to overcome negative thoughts and emotions. Sometimes the devil sows negative thoughts into our hearts by telling us what we can’t do. At other times, he likes to torment us with bad thoughts, reminding us of our failures, mistakes, and disappointments. But the power in praise helps to defeat the enemy and stop Satan and his demons in their tracks from ministering negative thoughts and tampering with our emotions. Praise brings victory as it reaffirms the faithfulness of God, and this brings strength to our weak hearts in times of need. One of the weapons to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” in our lives is praise (2Cor 10:5). Use it daily.
- Praise magnifies God's presence in our lives. When we are afraid, lonely, and anxious about our lives or situations, Praise reassures us that God is ever present with us according to His word, saying “I will never leave nor forsake you” (Deut 4:31). Praise brings God’s presence to our hearts during our wilderness experience. Praise deploys myriads of hosts of heaven to encompass us in times of danger or trouble. 2Chr 20:22 tells of the wonderful power of praise that brought the presence of God down to Israel in their time of need: “And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”
- Praise brings unity among brethren. Why do you think we first sing praise and worship always before we begin every meeting? Because it is infectious among the brethren. Praise connects us together with God. The power of praise connects the brethren together in unity of the spirit. Paul said in Eph 5:19-20, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Let nothing, no one, or any situation stop you from praising God.
Remember, no demon from hell, devil, or Satan himself can stop our praises. They may be able to stop our prayers but not our praises because only God is all praises is due. Praise belongs to him, and no one can take it. God lives in our praise.
Also remember the words of Apostle Peter:
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1Pet 2:9).
When you keep the praise up, miracles come down! Start now!