Physical Expressions of Praise

Praise not only implies the voice to sing songs that honor the attributes of God, but also involves the use of additional body language. Among the physical expressions of praise are:

  •     Standing up
  •     Clapping
  •     Marching
  •     Dance
  •     Laughing

Let see each of them in light of the Word of God.

Standing up

In the same way in all countries of the world, people stand up when singing the national anthem as a sign of respect for national symbols, we show our respect for God when we worship in a vertical position, ie standing on our feet.

2 Chronicles 20:19: And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

Revelation 7:9,10: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Clapping

When an artist or athlete has an outstanding performance, we celebrated applauding. The act of clapping is an expression of joy, delight and approval. Many musicians and singers consider the audience’s applause as the best prize or trophy. When we welcome God, we are expressing our appreciation for His wonderful achievements.

Psalm 47:1: O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

Isaiah 55:12: For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Marching

Marching is part of routine military training used as a physical expression of victory. When the people of Israel, under the command of Joshua marched around Jericho praising his God, as ordered, the result was a complete victory.

Joshua 6:2-5: And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

Dance

Dance is the most demonstrative of physical expressions of praise. It requires the use of the whole body. It involves a total and complete abandonment of our own inhibitions and shame as we obey God and dance before Him with all our strength. If we enjoyed dancing he music of our favorite singer or group and we drive crazy, why not do it for God with the same intensity?

Psalm 149:3: Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

2 Samuel 6:14: And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

Laughing

When we praise God, we are  filled by so great expression of joy in the Lord, that the only way to express it is through laughter. When we practice the holy laughter in the presence of God, we can get healing and deliverance. Laughter truly is a genuine manifestation of our inner joy.

Psalm 126:2: Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.

Job 8:20,21 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers: Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.

Blessings for everybody.

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Benefits of Praise

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.

Bring Victoria

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.

Attract Health

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.

Produce Peace

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.

We Change

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.