POWER OF PRAISE

There are two remarkable instances of God intervening immediately when His people praised Him. In the story of King Jehoshaphat, something happened when God’s people started singing.

Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated (2 Chronicles 20:22).

The Lord went into action and brought defeat to their enemies the instant they began to sing. In the book of Acts, Paul and Silas started to sing and pray, and then suddenly God acted on their behalf and brought deliverance.

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed (Acts 16:25-26).

SING THE DESIRED OUTCOME

power_praiseIn both instances they were singing God’s Word that had been sung years before. Jehoshaphat used the words that King David had sung at the dedication of the temple (1 Chronicles 16:34), and Paul was singing God’s Word from Psalm 119:62. They knew the outcome according to what was previously written in God’s word. When you start to sing, the Holy Spirit starts to flow with His power against the enemy, and your circumstances shift according to what God has already spoken in His word. God’s priority for you is to experience His presence, and there is consistent evidence in His word that praise is the “trigger” that welcomes, His manifest presence.

INFLUENCE OF PRAISE

The importance of praise has to be understood in the light of His presence and power that brings change in the spirit realm and then affects everything in the natural realm. As God releases the power of His presence through worship, transformation will happen in individual lives, churches, cities and nations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. The people He has chosen as His own inheritance (Psalm 33:12).

Every nation has its religions, and every religion has its worshipers, who influence the character of their nation through their worship. A nation ultimately becomes a reflection of whom it worships. It is the same with a church. The character of any church is a reflection of its worship. Nothing transforms a church more than worship. On the other hand nothing can cause a church to stagnate more than a lack of it. A church can never rise above the level of its worship because worship is the primary purpose for which it exists.

Taken from the book THE MINISTRY OF THE PSALMIST

About Tom Inglis

Tom is recognised by many as an apostle of worship who carries a prophetic word that is fresh and relevant for the church today. He has travelled into many nations teaching the message of ‘worship as a lifestyle’ and is considered by many as a pioneer in this area. [Read More...]