The power of Praise

I was blessed to be able to share some thoughts on prayer at a girls youth retreat this past week-end. Over the past decades God has taught me SO MUCH about praise and joy. One of the things that God struck me with about 30 years ago was this verse:

Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. Ps 22:3

He inhabits the praises of His people.

This word enthroned means to dwell in, to inhabit, to remain, sit, abide. Think about it…God actually LIVES in the praises of His people! But now comes the hard part:

Am I giving Him space to dwell?

Am I living my life filled with His praise and looking for His presence to be real and alive in the midst of those praises? Or do I live a life of mediocrity, in somber discouragement, never seeing beyond the dreary confines of my earthly home? Are my prayers stuck in a “laundry list” mode or limited to giving thanks over my food? Do I even know God enough to be able to actually GIVE Him praise?

There is power for us when we praise Him. Our spirits are lifted up into the heavenly places as we look more closely at the face of God. Like Moses, when we dwell with God, when we abide with Him, when we sing His praises, our lives are changed. Moses’ face shown with the glory of God so that he covered his face to hide the fact that the glory faded the longer he was away from God.

Are WE shining expressions of the glory of God to those around us because our hearts and spirits and voices are filled with praise?

When I’m really struggling, I find that spending time in praise to God takes me outside of my own little world. I’m not saying that our struggles are little or insignificant. But they are temporal. And there are times when we just need to get our minds and hearts and spirits into the Spiritual realm and let God inhabit our praises!

We spend our lives living inside of our own heads, our own bodies, our own experiences. Of course we do! However, all of that is part of the flesh, it is the part that dwells on this earth, for this limited space in time.

My beloved friends, we are MORE than this fleshly body we inhabit! We are spiritual beings meant to dwell in the spiritual realm as much as in the physical one. Can you hear the power in that truth? And when we step into praise, when we step into the presence of God through praise, we are breaking that barrier between flesh and spirit. We are stepping into the Holy of Holies.

And we are watching God live right there on our praise!

The more we realize the truth of who we are and let the Spirit flow through us in praise, the easier it is for us to remember the fullness of our new nature and our new creation.

Are we living a life that is teaching our children how to praise God?

Maybe it’s time that we changed our prayer life. Maybe we need to come into the presence of our God instead of keeping Him at arm’s length where we feel safe and in control. Maybe we need to give God some praise for His dwelling.

I’m sure that you’ve heard this before in your life. But today is a good day to listen and let His Spirit wash over you with a healing balm and fill you to overflowing.

 

(Powerful Praise, excerpted from a message entitled “Amen” by Dr. S.M. Lockridge 4/11/82 – used by permission with creative common license.)

 

 


All Scripture quotations are taken from the NASB.
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14 Comments

  1. I loved your post today, Kate. I have been learning about Joy this year and through it the Lord has picked me up. Thanks for hosting your party today. I’ll be back since I can’t add my link for some reason.

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    • I’m sorry that the link wasn’t working for you, Judith. It sure looked OK last night when it went live. I’ve re-pasted the code. Hopefully it’s working now.

      I love that God is using joy to lift you up in your life! Thanks for coming by.

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  2. The hard part for me is comprehending how God can live in the praises of His people. Because He says it, I know it’s true, but I can’t imagine how it is possible.
    I have been on a mission to learn how to praise and worship God more and better.

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    • I know, Elizabeth, when you think about it with the mind, it sure is hard to wrap my brain around it! 😀 But then again, there are so MANY things about God that I can’t wrap my brain around, but they sure do excite me!!

      What a WONDERFUL mission!! I’m joining you in that, for sure!! Thanks for coming by today and for sharing your thoughts with me.

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  3. Thank you for a great post! I found you at Titus 2 Tuesday!

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    • Welcome, Susan! Hope you get to come back and visit some more and that we can get to know one another.

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  4. So true! Praise is powerful.
    And I love the Lockridge audio. I put that on my blog one time last year…it’s so uplifting.

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    • Yes, Gail, it is! We got this on a cassette tape almost 26 years ago and it stirs my spirit every time I listen to it!

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  5. Thank you SO much for inviting me to link up on your blog! And also thank you for commenting on my blog 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings to you!

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    • Aw, thanks, Libby! So glad you popped by. Have a wonderful week!

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  6. Thank you for hosting. I am number 31 — Homeschooling Young Children

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  7. Oh this message is so pertinent to me today. It’s bringing the old Dallas Holm song Praise the Lord into my mind:

    “Praise the Lord, He can work through those who praise Him.
    Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise.
    Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
    serve only to remind you that they drop powerless behind you when you praise Him.”

    I have some praising to do today. Thanks for the reminder.

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  8. This post was very timely for me. I’m struggling with so many things right now and I’m not always in a place of praise, but I need to be. It really does make a difference. I definitely want to be that shining example for others!

    Thank you for coming by and linking up with me on my Count Our Blessings link up. It truly blessed me and I know it will my readers as well!

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  9. Excellent~~ Yes! I have listened to it many times… so powerful to praise our Lord and Savior Jesus! Hope your week is filled with joy, sweet friend!

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