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The Power Of Praise

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM
The Power of Praise
Acts 16:23-26
Paul and Silas were jailed and beaten for casting out a demon that was in a girl having the spirit of divination, besides the trauma of the severe beating, they were fastened in the stocks which cramped their arms and legs in an immovable position causing cramps and loss of circulation.   Yet spite of the throbbing pain in their bodies and the disheartening atmosphere, at midnight Paul and Silas begin to pray and sing praises unto God.  Then suddenly there was an earthquake that shook the prison; the doors flung open and the bonds of Paul and Silas were released. 
Paul and Silas knew the secret to reaching God and it was through praise and worship. It provided a joyous presence and provided God a channel for his power to operate in those circumstances.  The Bible said that God inhabits the praises of his people, (Psalms 22:3) in other words, God dwells in the atmosphere of his praise.  This means that praise is not just a reaction from coming into his presence but praise is a vehicle of faith which allows us to enter into His glory.  Some think that worship is the response after the Holy Spirit moves upon them.  It’s the other way around, Gods presence responds when we move upon Him with worship!  Lifting up Jesus through praise invokes the Lords presence and power to flow in our midst.
What is Praise?
Praise is a command, to applauded or magnify.  As Christians when we praise God it’s an expression of worship; expression of humbling ourselves and putting our attention upon the Lord with our hearts, soul and mind.  It is an intimacy between ourselves and God which brings us to a higher praise.  There are many ways to praise God with verbal expressions, thanksgiving, singing, playing instruments, shouting, dancing or clapping your hands.  Praise is a sacrifice; something that we offer to God sacrificially, not just because we feel like it, but because we believe in him and wish to please him.

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