The Power of Praise
Have you ever felt trapped by your circumstances? Is someone treating you unjustly? Have you lost the things you held dear for no fault of your own? Are you facing a ferociously difficult season?
If so, you will be able to relate to Paul and Silas, Habakkuk, and David.
In the Bible we read about young David. He killed the giant Goliath and won many battles. He became the most popular man in the nation.
But jealous King Saul hated him for it.
Saul tried to kill him and failed twice. Having no other choice, David left everything and fled for his life. But Saul would not relent. He gathered an army and hunted David through in the stark desert wilderness of Judea.
David found himself humiliated, destitute, misjudged, hated, hunted and hiding in a cave in the middle of nowhere.
How did David respond to such unfair, awful, embarrassing, terrible turn of events? He offered the prayer of praise.
I will praise the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. (Psalm 34:1
Circumstances change. But because God does not change, David determined that his life of praise would not change either. Praise should be a part of our lives all of your lives, no matter what.
My heart is confident, God, my heart is confident. I will sing; I will sing praises. 8 Wake up, my soul! Wake up, harp and lyre! I will wake up the dawn. 9 I will praise You, Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations. 10 For Your faithful love is as high as the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches the clouds. 11 God, be exalted above the heavens; let Your glory be over the whole earth. (Psalm 57:7-10)
David dealt with his worse days the same way he dealt with his best days. He determined to offer the prayer of praise. It kept his heart right with God and God eventually made him the king!
Never underestimate the power of praise.
Paul and Silas went to the Greek city of Philippi hoping to plant a church. Instead, they ended up being unjustly found themselves in prison.
How would you respond to such gruesome treatment?
Paul and Silas refused the urge to pout and whine, and instead they offered the prayer of praise. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them (Acts 16:25 NIV).
God heard their praise and took action. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose
The jailer woke up and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:27-30)
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household (Acts 16:31-33).
Never underestimate the power of praise to release the miraculous works of God.
Take the next few minutes and praise God for being so good, great, gracious, and generous.
Adapted from the book, 28 Days to Powerful Prayer, Dave Earley, Barbour Books