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CREATED FOR PRAISE

Everything is created for a purpose and unless it fulfils its purpose, it is useless. God said that we are ‘formed’ (created) to declare His praise (Isaiah 43:21). If praise is missing in a person’s life, then their life is not fulfilled and their Christian journey will be frustrating, but when praise is a lifestyle the journey will be smooth. Praise will help your life more than you can imagine because you are simply doing what you were created to do. Nothing satisfies like praise. It removes all frustration, fear and sense of unfulfilment in life.

Isaiah 43:21 – This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise.

CHANGE – THE PURPOSE OF PRAISE

God’s dream for each one of us is to become more like His Son Jesus. Every second of every day He wants to shape, transform and mature us (Ephesians 4:15, Hebrews 6:1). How awesome is the love the Father God has for us.

Ephesians 4:15 – ‘But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ.’

Hebrews 6:1 – ‘Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection (maturity)…’

God’s love toward us is infinite and His work in us (if we allow Him) is endless.

The Holy Spirit is with us to affect this change as we fellowship with God through reading His Word, prayer and praise. Daily practice of these truths will cause the individual to become more like Jesus. The essence of the Christian walk is regular fellowship with God resulting in transformation. God loves the fellowship, and we will love the transformation. Nothing is more important and fulfilling in life than to become more like Jesus. Praise is a particularly life transforming exercise since the Scripture tell us that God is personally drawn to us when we praise (Psalm 22:3). Praise seems to activate God’s transforming presence in our lives like nothing else.

Psalm 22:3 ‘But you are Holy, Who inhabit the praises of Israel.’

If we want to praise God we must be ready for God to change us. Scripture shows us the power of God’s presence that is manifest when we praise (Acts 16:25-27).

Acts 16:25-27 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. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.

PRAISE CHANGES OUR CIRCUMSTANCES

Praising people are changing people; praising churches are changing churches; and a praising church is a church of influence in the spirit realm that affects the local community. The psalmist says in Psalm 34:1 ‘I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth’. He had determined that he was going to praise God at all times irrespective of circumstances. We often ask God to change our circumstances, but His priority is to do a work ‘in’ us before He does a work ‘around’ us. Our attitude must be to praise Him in all things. When things change, it is usually because there has been an attitude change in us first. A little attitude change in us can cause an enormous change in our circumstances. When you are experiencing adverse circumstances, keep praising and things will keep changing.

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...]