Praise & Worship: Part 2 on How to Receive
Updated: Aug 20, 2021
God is amazingly good to us! There is always something to thank him for. Anyone joining me in this post can praise Him for a new day of life! Can I get an Amen? Amen!!! Even so, in the midst of difficult times, we can be shaken up to the point we pause our praise and thanksgiving to give our undivided attention to the problem at hand. It is human nature to feel and imagine; to try to find solutions to solve or prevent something. We use search engines to find answers to things that God "is taking long" in answering or revealing. We spend hours talking to others, possibly asking the same questions to different people with the hope that they will have Word from God or the answer to our breakthrough. In all this, we lose hours and sometimes days and weeks with less or no time with God, and more time in self-reliance and attempting self-sufficiency. We end up delaying whatever it is we are hoping from God. Our desperation leads us to our very own "40-year desert wandering" (Num. 14:34).
I'm going to give you three stories as testimonies of how God moves in our praise and worship of Him. But first, I want to focus on the benefits of praise and worship when we are fighting for a blessing. I'm assuming we all understand that praising God and living in love and obedience is due to our love and devotion to Him - God's ways are perfect and if we are seeking to receive something from God, we have to have biblical support - Scripture is His perfect will. If God said it, He will do it! One thing I want to mention before I dive in, is that praise and worship are deeper than we might understand. We not only praise and worship the Lord with our voice and with the lifting of our hands, but in the way we live. This is why it is so important to live in obedience (as we discussed in the previous post). Praise and worship are undoubtedly a way of life (this will be a topic for another time 🙂).
No matter what our day looks like or what we're facing, God deserves all honor and praise. He deserves the best praise our whole entire being can give Him. There is no ifs, ands or buts -- God is the Great I Am and there is an infinite list of why He deserves to be praised at all times (plus why not practice for when we're before Him? Am I right?). Praising Him during the tough moments in life shows our confident stance in Him. It does something miraculous in us: instead of allowing the enemy to gain ground in our lives and to weaken us in every way, praising and worshipping shifts our focus to our Father. Our natural eyes don't see a change in our situation, but our spirit's constant connection to the Holy Spirit brings peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil. 4:7) and increases our faith in Him. This peace and faith brings God's wisdom in the situation and helps us act in His will as we confidently expect to see the miracle we need or the answer to our prayer.
Praise before the answer shows humility and absolute faith before God's sovereignty. Humility before God shows that we are surrendered and have surrendered our situation to Him. This surrender exhibits our complete dependence on the Lord. It tells our soul to keep calm and wait on Him because our salvation is coming!!! The Psalmist says it like this: "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance" (Psalm 45:5 KJV). From this verse, I learned to tell my soul to calm down and praise Him; to remember His goodness in all my life. So when worry, anxiety, panic, desperation, doubt (and all other negativity) come to get me down, I talk to my soul and get myself praising and thanking the Lord for His mercy and goodness to me! This gets the Holy Spirit moving and ministering to my heart.
How amazing is it when we feel joy during our waiting and difficulty! The way the Holy Spirit brings joy to our lives in these times, is pretty miraculous. As a child of God, we have this "supernatural" ability to be joyful no matter what! Is it difficult? Yes it can be! But when we surrender and live a Spirit-filled life, joy is just a praise or worship session away!
Okay, so far we've discovered what praise does to us when we're expecting an answer and miracle from God. We were also reminded that it shows the Lord that He is our confidence and we are completely dependent on Him. It shows respect, devotion, love and hope. Praise and worship move God in any situation, no matter what!
As we're changed in praise and worship, there is also something changing in the spiritual realm that often times we don't realize. God is at work! Chains are being broken, yokes are being destroyed, there is deliverance, there is revelation, there is healing, there is restoration, renewal, transformation, oppression is being lifted, the works of the devil destroyed! Breakthrough! Hallelujah! This part of the process is so difficult to accept and trust because it is invisible to our naked eye. We cannot say that these things are taking place with certainty unless we have the trust that we've been talking about. I want to you to remember this always: deliverance, healing, restoration, revelation, transformation, etc., all have an effective date. The effective date for whatever you're waiting for and expecting is already set. The date is coming! You just have to continue in prayer, fasting, in the Word, in fellowship, in obedience, in praise and worship. Remember that you're in a battle against "evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12). If you need prayer for your situation, send a prayer request and I will intercede for you.
Here are three encouraging stories that show us how powerful praise and worship is:
Paul and Silas in prison - We see God moving in Paul, Silas and the jailer's favor.
Jehoshaphat Wins the Battle Over Moab and Ammon - After time before the Lord in fasting, the Lord gave Judah victory over the Moabites and Ammonites. Jehoshaphat appointed men to march in front of the army singing praises to the Lord.
Jericho Wall - We see obedience and trust in this story as the people go around Jericho once a day for 6 days, then 7 times on the seventh day and after the priests blow the horns, the children of Israel shout and the wall of Jericho falls. Worship at its best!
"The moment the heart worships God—the moment the heart trusts and rejoices in God because of his promises—that is the starting place of proclamation, of trumpets, and of the advancing of God’s kingdom. When our hearts worship God with full trust and joy at his promises, that is when we, like Gideon, will see God’s mighty power." - Cody Libolt -
This is for You!