I know of a couple in their late 30’s that live in a very nice gated community. Most of the people in the community appear to be in their early 30’s to mid 40’s not exactly what you would consider party animals, although it has become commonplace on the weekends in the community clubhouse for the occasional impromptu gatherings that go on until 1:00am and beyond. My friends host an annual New Year’s Eve holiday bash at their home, and last year’s party ended a bit prematurely due to numerous calls from neighbors down the block about the noise level coming from the house.
How loud is the party at your house? As Christians, our praise should be the driving force of our lives. Your praise should be so loud even when you are silent, people will hear it coming from the inside. Praise should always follow prayer, just as night follows day and day the night. Praise is the voice of faith. If you really believe God has heard your prayers, then you will start praising Him for the answer, even before you see it. To forget to praise God is to refuse to benefit ourselves. Praise, like prayer, is one great means of growing our spiritual life. It helps to remove our burdens, to excite our hope, and to increase our faith. To be silent over God’s mercies is a self-inflicted crime its punishment is to incur the guilt of ingratitude. It is to act as ungratefully as the nine lepers. After they were cured of their leprosy, they did not even bother to return to give thanks to the Lord who healed them. – Luke 17:11-19
Praise is one of the ways we thank God for His unfailing love and mercy. It keeps us focused on His goodness instead of our own negative circumstances. The devil attacks our joy by attacking our minds. He wants us to focus on problems instead of the promises of God. He wants us to remain in fear instead of faith. However, when we give God the praise in spite of our circumstances, we defeat the enemy’s tactics, cultivate our relationship with the Lord, and win the battle within our minds. Praise stirs up joy within us. Praise also builds our faith as it defeats the enemy, and is part of the way we worship God. There is always something we can worry about. Likewise, there is always something we can praise God for. “Lord, I praise you for waking me up this morning; Lord, I praise you for good health, food to eat, and a home to live in.” It’s okay to start with the little things. God loves to be praised and appreciated for what He has done big or small. Praise is one of the ways we can spend time in the Lord’s presence. Spending time in His presence is a key to our success in life.
In 2 Chronicles 20:21-22 when Jehoshaphat was facing a huge army he prayed, then appointed singers unto the Lord, when they began to sing and praise the Lord, God set ambushes against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah: and they were smitten. Their enemies were defeated while they were praising God.
Notice, praise and worship served as the main weapons on the frontline of battle. Praise has many dynamic effects, which is why every child of God should establish praise as part of their everyday life so to focus on the goodness of God instead of worrying in the midst of your troubles, then you will find that praise and thanksgiving expands your capacity to receive from Him. When you praise God and allow Him to do what you cannot do, then and only then will you experience His complete and perfect work in your life.