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Ron Writes

The Power of Praise

After Peter and John are released, they report what had happened to them and the brethren began to praise God (Acts 4:24ff). They began to speak of the greatness of God. When they were finished, “the place where they had gathered together was shaken” (Acts 4:31). Praise precedes God’s action and intervention. There is power in praise. When praise begins God acts!

We speak of the power of prayer and rightfully so, but there is power in praise as well.

Paul and Silas were thrown into jail unjustly, but about midnight they “were praying and singing hymns of praise to God” (Acts 16:25). “Suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken”. When we begin praising God, He acts!

The Psalmist writes, “O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel” (Ps. 22:3). In the margin it gives an alternative translation as in the KJV, “who doest inhabit the praises of Israel.” Praise is where God lives. This is His address. There is power in praise because this is where God lives. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Ps. 100:4). You want to come into God’s presence? Do it with praise.

When Jesus taught us how to pray, he showed us how to begin and end our prayers with praise, “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name.” He concludes with “for Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever” (Mt. 6:9, 13). Jesus knew the power of praise!

Praise is publicly and vocally telling of God’s greatness. It’s proclaiming what God has done. Praise is God centered. God can work with those who praise Him. The Devil cannot protest our praises!

When King Jehoshaphat was threatened by a massive army marching his way, he gathered Judah together and began to praise. When he went out to meet the enemy he put singers at the head of the formation. God destroyed an enemy that was so large it took 3 days to gather the spoil (2 Chron. 20).

When you’re up against a struggle, when your back is against the wall, when your dreams seem shattered, praise the Lord and watch God act!