Do You Know How To Praise The Lord? Bishop Blake Shares 7 Principles
Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great! Revelation 19:5 (NKJV)
As human beings, we were created by God to praise Him (Isaiah 43:7, Matthew 21:16). Praise, prayer, and fasting are for spiritual warfare, for lifting the spiritual man up and putting the physical man down. God is at work in your mind, in your soul.
Praise is the key to powerful living. It ignites God’s power in our lives.
WHY WE PRAISE THE LORD
But You are holy,
You who inhabit the praises of Israel.
Psalm 22:3 (WEB)
Worship is what we do. It is not only what we feel, but it’s also in what we say; it’s things, it’s places, it’s behavior, it’s conduct.
God shows up when we worship Him. He shows up when we praise Him. He shows up when we glorify Him. When we show up with the right stuff, show up in the right place, doing the right thing, with the right praise on your lips, God says, “I’m going to show up and bless you and take you higher than you’ve ever gone before.”
HOW TO PRAISE THE LORD
The Bible is filled with physical actions that we ought to take in relationship with God. God wants our bodies. He wants our submissiveness.
The Hebrews had seven words for praise which tell us how to praise the Lord. All of them mean praise, but each word focuses on a different kind of behavior:
Towdah – Psalm 50:14. The word Towdah means “thanksgiving.” Towdah means “to lift up your hands in a cup-like manner as in giving or receiving a gift, or giving a sacrifice.” Lift up your hands and say, “Lord I praise you, and I know you’re going to pour out your spirit into my life. I’m cupping my hands so I can receive it and retain it.”
Yadah – PSALM 63:1. Yadah means “lift up your arms and worship with extended hands.” Lift up your hands; extend them into the air and say, “Lord, I surrender to you. Your will be done in my life.”
Zamar – PSALM 92:1-3. Zamar is song and praise on the instruments of music. Our musical gifts are given to us by God for the purpose of praising Him.
Tehillah – PSALM 34:1; Tehillah means “to sing in the spirit, glorify the Lord in song. To be filled with the spirit; make melody in your heart.” Sing “Praise the Lord!”
Barak – PSALM 95:6-7; to kneel; to rock back and forth, and side to side. Bow down before the Lord. You’ve got to move!
Shabach – PSALM 150:6. Loud praise; shout to God proclaiming the glory of God. Release and lift your voice to the Lord! “Let everything that has breath praise Him!”
Halal – PSALM 147:1. Halal means “clamorous, foolish, crazy praise!” Whatever you do to celebrate anything else, you ought to do even more for the Lord!
HE MAKES A WAY!
The Bible says that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people. When you praise Him, when you open your mouth and worship Him, the Lord shows up in the middle of your praise, and you feel His presence.
The Lord has brought you from a mighty long way; lift up your hands and praise Him! Lift your hands and say,
“God, you’ve been so good to me. Lord, fill me again. I want to be filled with the Holy Ghost!”
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