All Is to the Praise of His Glory

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

Ephesians 1:11-14

When we realize that God grants us much more than we deserve, praise to Him becomes natural. Although we believe we are good, we certainly are not. Our sin makes us outlaws before God and that makes us guilty in the face of a divine judgment. Only the grace of God condones our debt, and if something good comes out of us it is for His glory. Therefore, we must thank Him daily for the grace, this undeserved favor of saving us and praising His glory shed in us.

I’ve heard people say that they deserve better luck when things do not go the way they want. Some even blame God for their adverse situations. In truth, God is not responsible for our problems or for the world to walk on its feet. The cause of individual and collective evils is sin, and of that, no one can declare himself innocent. And concerning sin, Romans 6:23 says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Then, if we deserve something by nature, it is to pay for our sins, and just condemnation for sin is death. If we do not die for our sins, it is because God gave us forgiveness, it was His grace, and it was His glory that lifted Jesus from the dead giving us the same hope of resurrection. Therefore, we deserve nothing, we are not worthy to be exalted but to suffer the greatest humiliation; But God has been merciful to us, so only He deserves to be praised, only He deserves glory and honor.

Let us not complain of our fate feeling that we are treated unjustly. If God’s justice were applied to us as it should be, no one would be saved from eternal damnation. The best thing we can do each day is to rise up praising our God and Father of glory, who has made us partakers of belonging to His family through our redemption through the blood of His Beloved Son Jesus Christ. May our salvation be to the praise of His glory in each day of those who are left to live and then in eternity with Him.

It does not matter if our walk in this world is a constant suffering. Let us remember Paul who, despite consecrating himself to the service of God, suffered persecution, beatings, imprisonment and many other tribulations until he was finally executed by the name of Jesus. In spite of all his sufferings, Paul was able to raise his praise to Almighty God in the midst of his prison, and not only were his chains broken, but his deliverance served for his jailer to obtain salvation and eternal life.

Circumstances do not direct our course. Let us walk with reverence and honor to who has saved us from everlasting punishment. Let us fill our lips with praise to Him, instead of filling them with complaints. May all that we do be to the praise of His glory. God bless you.

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Singing a New Song

After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.”

Revelation 19:1-2

The Scriptures say that in eternity we continually will praise God and the new song will be an important part of our worship. It is time for the church to begin to practice what will be part of our eternal work and all of us will enjoy the powerful manifestation of the glory of God in the various congregations. Each member of the body of Christ is called to sing to the Lord a new song that comes out of our hearts every day.

Again I will share one of my experiences in my search for God’s presence. This time I will share a vision that I experienced several years ago. I saw the very black sky, but completely covered with stars. It seemed as if I was watching from a height. I saw down from heaven a great light, as I had never seen before in my life. What at first sight was dark, filled full of that bright light and very white, which left me blind, so I had to close my eyes in the vision. I heard very loud thunder and realized that I was witnessing the appearing of the glory of God.

Amid the bright light, I first heard as the voice of many waters, like a huge waterfall. Then the light became less intense, saw down from heaven million of angels amid the noise of trumpets and of many waters. All the angels sang a new song to God Almighty. There was a lot of noise, but it was harmonious and musical. I was in the middle of heavenly worship described in the book of Revelation.

A new song is a recent and original composition that breaks out in praise and worship of God and Jesus Christ for the glory of His salvation; and that is only pronounced on the lips of the redeemed by Christ. It is a song that is renewed for this occasion, which has not been sung at other times. Everything we do for the Lord must be executed with excellence; therefore our new song cannot be something mediocre. Psalm 33:3 says: Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.

Many people might say: “I have no musical talent,” “I am not a composer or writer,” “music is not my forte,” or something similar. Others may feel afraid to open their mouths to sing something different and unknown, especially if, as Psalm 33:3 says we are bound to do well. But we must understand that whoever put us inspiration for a new song is the Spirit of God himself, so there is nothing to fear, just let open our mouths to let out the perfect melody and lyrics that the Holy Spirit himself has given us. God bless you.

Soul’s Toner

And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long.

Psalm 35:28

If you cleaned up your face and you applied a moisturizer, the next step is toning. Similarly it happens with your soul clean and moisturized for forgiveness and prayer, which needs to be toned with praise. When you praise God and turn to Him your thoughts, when you forget yourself, without selfishness in your heart, you are freed so that God gives you His joy.

Skin toners relate to a product for care that guarantees that it will be completely clean. Toner restores the pH balance of the skin. Using a toner should be part of daily cleansing routine, according to the experts. The toner removes any oil or makeup. For best results, a toner without alcohol should be chosen.

A skin toner can be a liquid or lotion and sometimes also called the tonic, astringent, refreshing lotion or clearer. The skin toner is used to reduce the size of the pores and to remove excess fat. Although sometimes the skin toners are believed to dry skin modern formulas come in different forms that do more than just reducing pore size. Toners cool, give tone, cleanse and moisturize the skin for a healthy glow.

In the same way that toners act on our skin, praise ensures that our soul will be cleansed of selfishness because we concentrate only on the God we worship. Praise also removes the fear and anxiety and brings us peace and joy of the Lord. When praising, praise must choose without the spirit of humanism to focus on the figure of our loving Heavenly Father.

Our praise, as the soul toner may be a known liquid lotion song or a new song that comes out of our hearts. The toner of the soul shrinks the pores of our fears because we take refuge in the powerful arms of the Lord. And though some people think that praise dries our soul because we forget ourselves, the truth is that it helps us to stop thinking about our problems to focus on the God who solves all.

David was, without doubt, the greatest king of Israel. But David’s life was not always peaceful and without problems, on the contrary, most of the time he was forced to fight many enemies. Neither he was perfect and came to commit serious sins. However, David is remembered as a man after God’s own heart because he could confess his faults and repent, but above all, he was a man who gave praises to God all the time.

Like David, let tone your soul with your praise that He is worthy to receive glory and honor. I assure you that if you want to live a full life, turn it into one of praise instead of getting up every day between complaints and lamentations. Praise God in joy, in sorrow, in victory and in the trail. He will always respond. God bless you.

Praise Precedes Victory

Very often it happens that while we are praising God, His Spirit will lead us to sing  spiritual warfare songs. As we wrestle not against flesh and blood, we should never ignore that if the voice of the Spirit urges us to war in worship, let us do without hesitation.

Psalm 149:6-9: Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.

In spiritual warfare, we not only won as the double-edged sword of the Word of God comes from our mouths, but also we gain great victories in the spiritual realm while singing the praises of God. We not only is found in the Bible, but what we experience in our own lives.

Isaiah 30:31-32: For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod. And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.

The worship music is an important part in winning every spiritual battle.

Relationship between Worship, Prophecy and War

In the book of Revelation, the apostle John describes a awesome scene of praise which will occur at the end of time:

Revelation 19:6-8: And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Currently, there is a new sound of praise and worship that is coming to the Church, which often comes as a deafening sound, similar to that produced by the Great Cataracts, and strong expressions that sound like thunder and strong cries of victory. In the roaring sound, Jesus, who before had been revealed to us as the Lamb of God now reveals himself as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

Revelation 19:10-11: And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Later, John describes the final battle, when Satan will be bound on earth.

Revelation 19:19-21: And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

There are three important aspects of this great spiritual battle: worship, prophecy and war. Often, while practicing praise and worship, a “spirit of prophecy” is manifested in a “spiritual song” of war. When this happens, great battles are won in the spiritual world because principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness are tied .

Psalm 149:8: To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron.

Revelation 19 provides a description of Jesus and His saints coming back in this great battle of triumph over the devil and his demonic powers.

Revelation 19:12-16: His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Key to Unlocking the Miraculous Power of God

We offer the sacrifice of praise to God regardless of the circumstances and what we feel. When we face a crisis or desperate situation, praise opens the way to God comes for us and set us free. Many members of Christ’s body are in need today of a supernatural intervention from God in their lives, their families and their ministries, and praise is the master key for them to reach the miraculous power of God to release their lives.

Psalm 50:23: Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

In Scripture we find examples of this truth:

Jonah 2:9-10: But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

We’ve all heard the story of Jonah, who spent three days and three nights in the belly of the fish. For many people, even most Christians, Jonah is like Cinderella among the prophets. We have been presented to this character in the Bible as a disobedient servant who prefaced his contempt for Nineveh to God’s command. However, Chapter 2 of the book of Jonah is a prayer, an invocation of distress, after which the prophet concludes: “But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving”, and God answered him freeing him and saving his life, “And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land“. This is a very clear example of the sacrifice of praise led to the release of the supernatural power of God in the life of a person.

Whenever the shadows of darkness come over our lives, family and ministry, as if we were in the belly of a fish, praise God with all our heart, and His glory will change all circumstances.

Personally I can testify to the hidden power behind the sacrifice of praise. Several years ago I was diagnosed with hearing loss in my right ear. By that time I was part of the church choir where I had gathered and I realized that I did not hear the right side because when I used the monitor headphone listening only sound left. For those who practice music, the ear is the most important of the senses and I was aware that hearing only one side could not serve the Lord with excellence He deserves. The doctors told me that deafness is irreversible and that the only solution was to use amplifiers appliances in my affected ear . I never stopped serving the Lord in what He had called me to do, but continue to participate in worship regardless of my condition. God answered me with the creative miracle of returning full hearing, challenging the verdict of medical science. No doubt the favor of the Lord will break all the darkness.

Here’s another example:

John 6:11-13: And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

The atmosphere was presented this way: a large crowd had come to hear Jesus. However, people were in a deserted place and hungry. Confronted with a hungry crowd were very few resources, only five barley loaves and two fishes belonging to a boy. The key to unlocking a miracle of multiplication was in the act of Jesus “had given thanks“. His attitude of praise was not only made enough to feed the crowd, but there was too much, coming to over twelve baskets of broken pieces of bread.

If you are living now a time of financial hardship, or feel overpowered by constant cycles of need, your response should not be a routine complaint. On the contrary, enter to level of prophetic praise, thanking God, as Jesus did, and the Lord transformed your lack or shortage in more than enough, you come upon the power of God’s provision bringing an anointing of multiplication and then not only will you need, but it will have much more will be fruitful. Praise break the old times of scarcity and leads to a new time of abundance.

If you recognize that there are chains that are tying your spiritual life, family, business or ministry, enter into battle, praising God intensely and the Lord will break these chains. Today there are many people in the church who are condemned to limitations, are unable to go further, others are held together by ties of religion and are unable to experience the fresh move of the Spirit.

I urge all readers to practice the sacrifice of praise as an offering to the Lord. The result is already proven: the limitations are stamped, sterility times will end and there will be a new time of changing clothes, the blindfolding produced by the religious spirit will be removed and the Lord will give the mantle of His presence.

Blessings for everybody.

Sacrifice of Praise

The sacrifice of praise is a continual praise. The sacrifice of praise is a praise audible. David said: I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth (Psalm 34:1).

Difference Between Praise and Sacrifice of Praise

There is a fundamental difference between praise God and the sacrifice of praise. Praise flows very easily when we are in a “right relationship” with God, that is, when things seem to be doing well in all aspects of our lives and we feel that God is attentive to our every need. It is a spontaneous overflow that leads us to think about all He has done for us.

In the other hand, we give to God the sacrifice of praise when things do not seem to go well’ it is the praise we offer no matter how we see things, which we offered in faith and obedience to God for who He is

Hebrews 13:15: 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.

Two examples of biblical sacrifice of praise taken from both the Old and New Testament.

Paul and Silas

While Paul and Silas were in prison, they praised God by singing and the result was miraculous.

Acts 16:22-26: And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 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.

Paul and Silas had been attacked and persecuted because of Jesus Christ. His attackers tore his clothes, whipped and confined in the innermost part of the prison, where were the worst criminals. In addition to keeping prisoners in the worst dungeon, they tied to stocks to restrict their movements.

During the time they were in prison, they kept praying and singing hymns. No complaints were expressing to God because of their physical condition or the mistreatment. Instead, they sang praises and his fellow prisoners heard them.

The result was that Paul and Silas were released from their chains and imprisonment. The jailer and his household received salvation and eternal life. Everyone in the prison, both prisoners and their jailers, received the testimony of Jesus. Other Philippian believers were comforted after the release of their fellow servants. Often musical expressions of praise to God release a great spiritual authority and power, as the case of Paul and Silas while singing songs of praise, liberation came through a great earthquake.

Jehoshaphat

Another biblical example of sacrifice of praise is Jehoshaphat, who followed the commandments of God and experienced miraculous victories. Jehoshaphat taught the Word of God to the people and continued religious and judicial reforms started by his father instituting a judicial body in Jerusalem to serve as supreme court of the country.

2 Chronicles 17:3-6:  And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel. Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance. And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.

During the reign of Jehoshaphat, Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites joined to invade Judah from the south. For years, neighboring peoples feared it and left the nation alone, but on this occasion they joined forces to come against it. Jehoshaphat came to the assembly and prayed. Jehoshaphat prayed in time of trouble. His prayer began with praise.

2 Chronicles 20:6-9: And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

Jehoshaphat sought God for deliverance and the Lord answered his prayer. God responded him through a prophet.

2 Chronicles 20:15-18: And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD

In preparing for battle, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing and praise the Lord. The vanguard of the army of Judah was the battalion of praise, whose weapons were not swords and shields, but musical instruments and their own throats to sing to God.

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.

The sacrifice of praise of Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah gave them victory over their enemies and God glorified defeating them. The enemies began to fight each other in a bloody battle and destroy each other, to the point that none escaped.

2 Chronicles 20:23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

God not only freed Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah from their enemies, but also gave them a huge booty of war.

2 Chronicles 20:24-26: And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much. And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.

Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were being attacked by the armies of three nations. His enemies were numerically superior several times, making it virtually impossible Jehoshaphat and his people were victorious based only on their own strengths.

Jehoshaphat and his people knew what the Word of God said. His first action was to offer up praise, not after the enemy was defeated, but while being surrounded on all sides, and when all seemed hopeless. They offered a sacrifice of praise.

To Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah the victory was complete because their enemies were killed and the people itself received a great booty. When Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing and praise the Lord and went before the army, won a great victory. They used powerful spiritual weapons and while they were praising God, great spiritual power and authority were manifested.

In this story of Josaphat are five steps that lead to victory:

  1. Knowing the Word. When we know the Scriptures, we know what the promises God has in store for every situation in life of His people, His children, His church.
  2. Searching the Presence of God. This will mean seeking God’s face and not just His hands, it is to full us of His strength and power.
  3. Listening to the Lord. God always give us an answer when we asked something. What happens is that many times our ears do not pay attention to His words.
  4. Believing the Word and worshiping God. When God gives you a rhema word, we must receive it with love and reciprocate in equal proportion to His unconditional love.
  5. Acting in faith. This means to praise God before we win.

Sacrifice of praise through Jesus

Only through Jesus we can offer sacrifice of praise. As Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the only one through which we can reach the Father, nothing we do for God can be done without Him and the sacrifice of praise is not an exception.

Hebrews 13:15: 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.

The sacrifice of praise involves giving thanks to God in the name of Jesus for who He is and for what He has done.

Ephesians 5:20: Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We should give thanks in all circumstances, not just for the things we consider good, not only when we receive from God what we ask but when He says NO even when it seems He does not want to answer.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

We can do this when we realize fully the way that God makes all things work for good in our lives. God’s plans are perfect for our lives, whether we understand or not, He always knows what is best for us in every situation.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The sacrifice of praise brings glory to God. As we know, God does not share His glory with anyone and everything we do should glorify Him. When we perform a sacrifice of praise we are stripping of our ego, leaving behind our selfishness and the personal desire to exalt Him alone

Psalm 50:23: Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

How to offer a sacrifice of praise?

  •  We must make the decision. We must ensure beforehand that we will praise God at all times and under all circumstances. God does not force us to praise Him in times of crisis, the crisis itself should lead us deciding to praise him.
  • The time to start is now. Let praise God every day and all day. Let do praise as a lifestyle. As we saw in the two biblical examples, the praise began before the victory came. To the extent that we act in obedience to His Word and we have to praise, we offer the true sacrifice of praise to God and this is pleasing to Him
  • When the problems come. Remember that we made a decision, we must persevere in our habit of praise and remember that to praise in difficult times allows God to work in our favor. Praise in time of trial brings glory to the Father. When circumstances do not urge us to praise God, is precisely the time when we need to praise him.
  • Taking the step of faith. We begin to offer the sacrifice of praise by faith. Praise Him for who He is and what He has done. Then, offer thanksgiving to God for the situation, although we do not understand. Praise Him because He will make a way of liberation, even if we can not see the problem’s exit or the light at the end of the tunnel. Praise God for who He is and fix our thoughts on Him and the promises He has given us in His Word. Once we’ve begun to make the sacrifice of praise, we do not stop. Let declare aloud the Word of God which proclaims victory and liberation. First, we are offering worship in obedience. In doing so, we put our minds on Him and not in the circumstances.

As we continue comparing His power and glory with our circumstances, we will see how little is really our problem compared with the God we serve. When we fill our minds with the Word of God and focus on His power and His promises, a spirit of praise replace the doubts and concerns.

In times of trial, when we find it is difficult to praise, if we have to lift our praise to God in obedience, began to be imbued with the spirit of praise. Then we will joyfully enter into the full dimension of His presence as we liberate our minds the sacrifice of praise. Let sing to Him, dance before Him, glorify and exalt His name. And He will open a way of salvation and deliverance for us!

Blessings for everybody.

How Should We Praise God?

What we say

From our mouth should always leave words of praise to God. We should not join the chorus of complaints from those who cast blame God for all his troubles because everything He does for us is good and praiseworthy.

Psalm 145:4-7: One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

Heartily

Our praise can not be feigned but expresses the depths of our hearts. We can not cheat God because he has the ability to scrutinize the depths of our being to discover our intentions.

Psalm 9:1: I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

Psalm 111:1: Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

With a Straight Heart

The intentions of our heart must be aligned with God when we praise. Our offering of praise should be pleasing to the Lord.

Psalm 119:7: I will praise thee with uprightness of heart when I learn your righteous judgments.

With Songs

While the praise is not just music, the songs are an important part of it, especially those coming out from our own hearts. It’s good to learn the psalms, hymns and songs performed during services. However, it is much better to take the time to sing a new song inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 92:1: It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High.

Psalm 104:33-34:  I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Psalm 147:1: Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

With Intelligence

When we sing to God, let pay attention to what we sing and meditate on the lyrics of the song. In this way we will see if we are really singing to the Lord or to minister to ourselves.

Psalm 47: 6-7: Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

Clapping

Our hands, like our voice can be an instrument of praise to God. When we beat the hands, ie to move from one place to another, we are offering God acclamation.

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

With Instruments

The Bible mentions numerous stringed instruments (harp, psaltery, instrument of ten strings, lyre, zither), wind (horn, flute, organ, trumpet) and percussion (timbrel, bell, cymbal, drum, tambourine) that were used to praise God.

Exodus 39:25-26: And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the robe, round about between the pomegranates; A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, round about the hem of the robe to minister in; as the LORD commanded Moses.

1 Samuel 10:5: After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy.

1 Chronicles 13:8: And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

Job 30:31: My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

Psalm 33:2: Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.

Psalm 57: 8: Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

Psalm 71:22: I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 81:3: Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.

Psalm 150:3-6: Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 33:1-3: Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

Isaiah 30:29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.

With Dance

Dance is another expression of praise. We who have received the gift of eternal life, we saw how God changed the wailing and gnashing of teeth condemned by the glorious celebration of those who have been delivered from eternal death. The precious blood of the Lamb, clothed us with fine linen clothes, party clothes, clothes for dancing.

Exodus 15:20: And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Psalm 150:4: Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

With Happiness, Joy and JUbilation

Praise should be carried out with happiness, joy and jubilation because praise is a celebration not a duel. Praising, if we cry, that is happiness.

Psalm 32:11: Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Psalm 81:1 Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

Psalm 95:1-3 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Applauding

Applauding is an expression of joy, delight and approval. When we applaud our God, we acknowledge His works and His attributes.

Psalm 98:4-6 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.

Lifting Hands

When we lift our hands to praise God we are saying we surrender to His majesty and power.

Psalm 63:3-4: Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

Psalm 134:1-2 Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Blessings for everybody.

Where Should We Praise God?

In the Congregation

When we gather in a temple or somewhere else in order to accomplish a service of celebration or a cellular group meeting in homes, our first action should be praising the Lord. It is not good to reach the meeting place when the time ministering to God has finished  because we are missing a special moment in which His powerful presence can manifest and we’re giving the message that we are only interested in receiving, but we are not willing to contribute anything.

Psalm 22:22,25 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

Psalm 107:32: Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

Psalm 149:1: Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

In the Sanctuary

The sanctuary is a place of worship and praise to the Lord. It is incorrect arriving to the house of God with our hands outstretched to receive, rather we should raise our hands first to praise His holy name.

Psalm 150:1: Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Among the Nations

Those of us who live in places where people of different nationalities residing, visiting ethnic churches, we have the privilege to praise God among the nations. Similarly, when going on missions to other countries, we also have the opportunity to praise among peoples and nations.

Psalm 57:9: I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.

In His Courts

When visiting someone’s home, we generally do not knock on the door to let the homeowner demand when he or she opens, , but first we welcome and usually give a compliment of what we see upon entering. Similarly we must do with God and praise should begin from the moment we walk His courts.

Psalm 100:4: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Among the Crowds

The praise of God should be done in private and in public. We should never feel ashamed to exalt His name before a large group of people. We praise Him and our thanks must be heard around the world to witness to those who do not believe.

Psalm 109:30:  I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.

Blessings for everybody.