In Psalm 95:2 we read: Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. God is waiting for us to approach Him and praise him and we often do, with a long list of demands. Psalm 100:4 sheds some light on this concept of praise, saying: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. There are many people is the world, including some who call themselves Christians, who get up every day without thanking God for anything, but complaining about everything. If you do not appreciate the infinite mercy of God toward us, we do little to praise.
If only we knew the many benefits of praise, probably would take it more into account. The Bible shows us at least six benefits of praise, which are:
- Unleash the power of God.
- The land produces fruit.
- Bring victory.
- Attracts health.
- Produces peace.
- We change.
Let’s see what God’s Word says about each of these six benefits of praise.
Unleash the power of God
Acts 16:25,26: And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Like Paul and Silas, I have personally seen the power of God unleashed upon the praise. Each month, my wife and I organized a night of praise and worship in the house that God has allowed us to manage and enjoy. In each of those nights, the power of God has been manifested in many ways. One night I came having a sharp pain in my lower back for over a week. The pain was so bad that I could not bend. However, I did not use my pain as an excuse for not participating in the praise of my King. Conversely, without taking into account the condition of my back, I danced, jumped and moved as if nothing was affecting my body. The result was that at the end of the night my pain disappeared and since that day I have not ever felt it for the glory of God.
The earth produces fruit
Psalm 67:5,6: Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
God bless us in the same way that we obey and conform to His ways. Blessings are an outcome of praise to Him. A blessed people is that which is constantly giving honor and glory to the King because if God is pleased with our praise, He will give us everything we need.
2 Chronicles 20:21-22: And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. 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.
If Jehoshaphat had come with his army to fight against three opponents better armed and with an army much larger than his, he would probably have been defeated. As God-fearing man, Jehoshaphat choose to consult with the prophet of the Lord and heard the voice of God commanding him to praise rather than face the enemy on its own strengths. In obedience, the kingdom of Jehoshaphat and Judah praised the Almighty God, who fought for them and gave them the victory.
Likewise, God expects every day we rest in Him, offering our continuing praise to Him allowing him to act accordingly, giving us the victory in each of our daily battles.
Proverbs 17:22: A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
People who live everyday complaining, besides not being happy, repel the healthy attitudes towards themselves attracting all kinds of diseases. Many times, these people visit doctors and hospitals where they get all kinds of analysis which has never detected anything abnormal, but yet still they feel sick. They do not realize that modern diagnostic tools are not yet able to identify the source of disease not coming from the physical, from the tangible world. A life of praise and thanksgiving to God is the correct answer to alleviate much of our physical ailments.
Isaiah 60:18: Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
Philippians 4:7-8 says: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
When our thoughts are focused on what God expects we meditate and our lips are open to praise Him who loved us, that peace so different to that offered by the world, which is unable to understand, is going to flood our hearts and thoughts. It is impossible to live praising God and being in distress, rather, the praise brings us peace.
2 Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
1 John 3:1-2: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
We are transformed into the image of the same glory of God who we worship. What a wonderful privilege! God rewards us in His own image when we express our love and gratitude through our praise and worship.
Blessings for everybody.