The Power of Praise

Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, bowed down before the Lord in fasting and prayer. As related in 2 Chronicles 20, a great multitude of Judah’s enemies was gathering to come against Jehoshaphat in battle. In fear, knowing his people were incapable in their own strength of overcoming the enemy, he cried out to God. “O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?… We have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” The Lord responded: “Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.… Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD.”Read more

Lift Up Holy Hands

I will lift up my hands in thy name. — Psalm 63:4

It has been a long practice of God’s people from the Old to the New Testament to lift their hands in supplication and praise to the Lord. In prayer, it shows a humility and neediness to the giver of all things and the hands are extended as a show of entreaty and request from the Lord. In praise, it is a show of honor and homage to our Savior and Heavenly Father.

When the songs of Zion are being sung, lifted hands in the air signify praise and honor to the Lord. It can be a sign of affirmation or signify a prayer of neediness and desire for more of what is being sung or spoken.

True Praise

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.  — Psalm 63:3

The topic this quarter deals with the subject of praise. While it is a command, giving God praise is a privilege and an honor. God has done so much for us, how can we not return and exalt Him with the fruit of our mouth? Our hearts should be full of praise even in times of difficulty, and our lips should praise the Lord.Read more

Bible Study – Praise

Scripture Reading: Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing….Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
—Psalm 100:1-2, 4

Definition: Giving praise is the act of expressing approval, admiration, or commendation. It is worship though word or song that glorifies and honors.

Summary: God is worthy of praise and adoration. It is not only the duty but also the privilege of His people to exalt Him at all times with praise in word and in song. True praise is not of the flesh but flows from the spirit and from a life of holiness. There is power in praise and it opens the gates to the presence and blessings of God.Read more

O Praise the Lord

True praise to God is both a spirit and an action of worship. Praising God is neither a vain repetition of words nor merely a feeling; it is a conscious activity of obedience to the Lord where God is thanked, glorified, and exalted.

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Praise and Worship

Is it inconsistent to quote from the book of Psalms concerning praise and yet not use musical instruments in formal worship services?

King David, in spite of his many sins, was a man of worship and praise. The Psalms are full of his declarations of praise to God. He often inspired others to praise with not only song but to accompany it with instruments of music and even dance as in Psalm 150. David lived under the law of Moses and not under the truth of Jesus Christ. There are attributes and characteristics of David which are still commendable and inspirational even in this dispensation of grace.Read more

Lifting Holy Hands

Prior to the instruction concerning women’s modesty and behavior in 1 Timothy 2:9 (which many individuals advocating holiness accept), Paul states to the men that: “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”

The Garment of Praise

[The Lord hath given] the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. —Isaiah 61:3

Jesus Christ came to bring good tidings to a sin-sick world. He brought spiritual healing and deliverance to souls bound for hell. Where there was mourning and sorrow, there is now joy and peace. Where there was a spirit of heaviness and oppression, Jesus offers a garment of praise.

It is a choice people make whether they will maintain a spirit of heaviness in sin or whether they will open their burdened heart and allow Jesus to give them rest and peace. The Lord desires to wrap His children in a garment of praise that will bring glory and honor to the Father.Read more

The Curse of Death

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.  —Genesis 2:17

In the beginning, God created the wonderful Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve to enjoy and in which to commune with Him. The Lord God placed the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the midst of the garden (Genesis 2:9). As long as Adam and Eve ate of the tree of life, their health and vitality were preserved. They were created with living, immortal souls, and God made provision for them to physically live forever. However, God commanded them not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The penalty for disobedience was death. God made mankind free moral agents and gave them the power of choice which is necessary for the power to love.Read more

Death and Resurrection

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  —1 Corinthians 15:21

Death came upon mankind both spiritually and physically because of Adam’s sin; but praise God, through Jesus Christ, death was conquered. Mortality came by Adam, but immortality came by Christ. Sin and death no longer have power over mankind because the curse was broken through the death and resurrection of our Lord.Read more