A few months back my Pastor, Randy Hand of Celebration Church had been teaching on PRAISE. To me, this is so important and critical in our relationships with God. We were created to worship and praise and if we don't even the rocks will cry out.
"After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives,
he sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go to the
village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there,
which no one has ever ridden, Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you,
'Why are you untying it?' say, 'The Lord needs it.' Those who were sent
ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt
the owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?" They replied, "The Lord
needs it." They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put
Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he
came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole
crowd of disciples began joyfully to PRAISE God in loud voices for all the
miracles they had seen: "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord"
"Peace in heaven and glory in the highest" Some of the Pharisees in the crowd
said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" "I'll
tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the
stones will cry out." Luke
If you look closely
the disciples weren't just praising but they were praising LOUDLY!
As you may not know is that worshipping and praising
aren't the same thing. Worshiping is the condition of the heart and praising is
out actions towards God. Let's take a look at the different types of Praise
broken down in Hebrew.
Cheer, shout, twirl, jump, loudly
boast about and to God
Throw hands up in surrender, confess
Extend hands, confess your agreement with the word of God
Sing a song from the heart, not rehearsed
To shout with triumph
praise God with musical instruments
When is the last time you
stopped and thanked Jesus?
You access God's miracles by praising Him and
the key to miracles is PRAISE! It unlocks the door, it opens the windows of
Heaven. Declare His name, confess His greatness. He is worthy to be
Here are some thing I learned about Praise...
It brings increase
Your faith will be
Heaviness is lifted
Thievery is stopped
circumstances begin to change when you start praising
God will set other free
because of YOUR praise
In Acts 16:23-25
Paul and Silas had just been flogged and thrown into prison. Their cell was
guarded carefully. Their feet were fastened in stocks. In the middle of the
night Paul and Silas began praying and singing to God as other prisoners were
listening. SUDDENLY there was a violent earthquake that shook the foundations of
the prison. All at once the prison doors flew open and EVERYONE was set free,
chains were loosened. This is how important praising God is. As soon as they
started praising, and not just silently but sounds coming from their mouth
proclaiming the goodness of God it SUDDENLY changed their situation. They were
no longer prisoners. Can you imagine what God will do for you when you start
doing the same? Your chains will be loosed! And not just you but the people
around you too!! Instead of trying to change people just start praising and God
will loose their chains too. If God did it for Paul and Silas then He can do it
So remember, give back to God by worshipping and praising and
see how your life changes. He is so good, He is faithful. Have faith. Keep
fighting the fight. Also, remember we can pray and ask God for help all we want
but we do need to just simply come to him to tell Him how good He is!