Our Praise And His Presence
Hebrews 13:15 NKJV
…let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name.
Why is praising God a sacrifice?
The Greek word for sacrifice, ‘thusia’, comes from the root word ‘thuo’, a verb meaning ‘to kill or slaughter for a purpose’. Praise often requires us that we ‘kill’ our pride which threatens to diminish or interfere with our worship of the Lord. I also learn here the basis of all our praise: the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by Him, in Him, to Him and for Him that we offer our sacrifice of praise to God. Praise will never be hindered when we keep its focus on Him, the Author and Finisher of our salvation.
Pride and praise cannot coexist.
Praising God sets our feet on the solid truth that He is the only One Who deserves all glory and thanks, not us. Praising God sets our eyes on Him and away from elevating our own ability above His might. Praising God sets our heart and mind humble, opening the door for God’s grace and favor to be upon our life, as the Word of God tells us in James 4:6 NLT, “…God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Psalm 22:3 NLT
Yet You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
One of the wonderful and exciting things about praise is taught here – praise brings the presence of God. God is present everywhere, but there is a distinct manifestation of His rule and reign that enters the environment where praise is lifted to Him. Now, here is the remedy for times when you feel alone, deserted or helpless – Praise Him!
God is enthroned on the praises of His people. His presence crowns us. We shut off the devil when we praise God because He is made King in our praises, and before the King, the devil cannot stand and cannot stay! His presence infuses our life and drives out the works of the enemy. All these must flee when God’s presence and power flood our life. Praise repels the schemes of the devil.
In 2 Chronicles 20, we read that the people of Judah found themselves greatly outnumbered by the hostile armies of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir. King Jehoshaphat and all the people came together to seek the Lord and to ask for His help. The Spirit of the Lord spoke these words through one of the prophets, Jahaziel, “Do not be afraid or dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s… You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you… tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:15-17 NKJV)
So what did the children of Judah do? They bowed before the Lord, worshipping Him and stood up to praise God with voices loud and high, as we read in 2 Chronicles 20:18 & 19.
And the next morning, Jehoshaphat led an army to go against the enemies and appointed a group of people to go out before the army to sing to the Lord and praise His beauty. The Bible tells us in 2 Chronicles 20:22 NKJV, “Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.”
How powerful is that! When God’s people begin to praise His Name, He is with us, He fights the battle for us and grants His victory to us. When we begin to praise God, it sends the enemy running! There is no battle we are fighting alone when we are people of praise.
Let us praise through our life. So that we are powered up by His presence to triumph over every enemy. Our praise honors God and aligns us with His desires.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You for You are holy and Your mercy endures forever. Praising You is a blessing and delight to my soul. I pray, O Lord, for all believers across the nations to rise up to be people of praise, so that Your presence manifests and enthrones all the earth. I pray that as the Body of Christ, all Christians continue to earnestly seek and follow Your counsel, passionately praise Your Name, so that schemes of the devil are crushed and forces of darkness are broken. Use us who are the Body of Christ to bring Your will on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”