Praising God connotes expressing gratitude and respect to Him and it is an act of worship on its own. We can praise Him by singing (Judges 5:3), dancing (Psalm 149:3), and speaking (Psalm 145:21) etc. No one is exempted from praising God (Psalm 67:5) and the Heavens and Earth (Psalm 69:34) along with His entire works (Psalm 145:10) does praise Him too. We are free to praise Him with Trumpets, Harps, Flutes, Cymbals, etc. (Psalm 150). We can also praise Him more and more (Psalm 71:14) and forever (Psalm 52:9).
King David praised God passionately throughout his lifetime. In 2 Samuel 6:14, the bible says: ‘’Then David danced before the Lord with all his might’’ and on one occasion, he spoke in praise of God as follows: ‘’…You are great O Lord God. For there is none like You nor is there any God besides You…’’ (2 Samuel 7:22). He was even unapologetic when Michal, daughter of Saul, despised him for praising God so lavishly (2 Samuel 6:16, 21-22). No wonder he benefitted massively from Him. We shall revisit this point in a while.
Praising God is full of benefits, some of which we shall now go into. It enables people to:
1. Be in His Presence. The Psalmist referred to this fact in Psalm 100:4 thus: ‘’Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise…’’. Meanwhile, in God’s presence lies fullness of joy (‘’You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore’’-Psalm 16:11), and liberty (‘’Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty’’-2 Corinthians 3:17). And none of our enemies can survive in His presence (‘’When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence’’-Psalm 9:3). It sounds reasonable therefore that, if we truly want our lives to be full of joy, and if we really desire liberty from all encumbrances, then we must strive to be in the presence of God at all times, and we can achieve this, by praising Him.
2. Perceive His Glory. When you praise (worship) God, His Glory will come down. In 1 Kings 8:1-11, King Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel, to witness the bringing of the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the City of David. The King and his people were all before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen! That is, they worshipped (praised) God with their sacrifices. After a while, the priests brought in the ark into the inner sanctuary of the temple, i.e. the Most Holy Place. And when they came out, the glory of God, via a cloud, filled the house of the LORD, such that the priests could not continue to minister. In essence, praising God facilitates the coming down of His glory, and His glory is profoundly beneficial to humankind in various ways. For example, it brings down His mercy: ‘’And he (Moses) said, “Please, show me Your glory.” 19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion (mercy) on whom I will have compassion’’ (Exodus 33:18-19). The glory of God also protects (guards): ‘’Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard’’ (Isaiah 58:8). In other circumstances however, the glory of God, could be detrimental to those who disobey Him (20 Then the Lord said: “…22 because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, 23 they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it’’ –Numbers 14:20-23). As you can see, the benefits of the glory of God are great and we should covet it and we can have it, by praising God.
3. Possess His Anointing. When you praise God devotedly, His anointing will come down upon you, and you will do exploit for God. In 2 Kings 3:1-26, King Jehoram of Israel, King Jehoshaphat of Judah, and the King of Edom, went to war against King Mesha of Moab and His people, because King Mesha had earlier on, rebelled against the King of Israel. And at seven days into their adventure, they ran short of water for their soldiers and animals and they decided to inquire of the Lord, through a prophet. And they went to Elisha the prophet, who initially was not keen on seeing them. He eventually did after requesting that a musician should play (worship, or praise) before him. Then it happened that when the musician played, the hand (anointing) of the Lord came upon him, and he prophesied that they would have abundance of water. And it was so the following day. Not only that, he also prophesized that the Kings would win the war against the Moabites, and it was so as well. You too can do exploits for God, but you need anointing from Him first, one of the surest way of possessing it, is by praising God.
4. Win Battles. Hannah won her extraordinary, but excruciating battle against childlessness after praising God (1 Samuel 1:1-20). In verse 19, the bible says ‘they (Hannah and her family) rose up early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord’ (i.e. they praised Him) and He gave her a baby boy, Samuel, in return. What battle are you fighting currently? Is it bareness or ill health, joblessness, debt, poverty, fear, uncertainty etc.? Please pray to God about it today, and do not forget to praise Him as well, and you’ll surmount it eventually in Jesus name. Amen.
5. Overcome limitations. In Acts 16: 16-26, a certain slave girl harassed Paul and Silas on end. They soon got fed up with her irritating antics, and Paul cast out the spirit controlling her and as a result, they crossed the path of some powerful people using the poor girl to amass wealth and they made sure that Paul and Silas were flogged and thrown into jail. But at midnight, whilst praising God, via praying and singing hymns, a great earthquake, which shook the prison to its foundation took place, and immediately all its doors were flung open, and the prisoner’s chains were loosed. That is, they overcame their limitations of closed doors and restrictive chains, by praising God. What is it that is limiting you at the moment? Is it an evil force, an evil covenant, a curse, your background, paucity of funds, hostile government policies, your past actions/inactions etc.? Please pray to God about it without delay; praise Him as well and you’ll overcome it in Jesus name. Amen.
6. Defeat the Devil: How does this happen? Well if we go to the basics, we will find out that the original sin of the Devil was jealous driven. He was, and He is still jealous of God (Isaiah 14:13-14). He is never happy when we worship God and he will do everything possible to make sure we are dispirited to continue doing so. He will make our lives so difficult that we will question the value of following God. We may even be tempted to abandon Him all together. It is the goal of the Devil, to hinder us from worshiping God. But if we stick to our guns, despite the sometimes harsh realities of our lives, and we keep on following and praising God regardless, then we are sending a clear message to him that as far as we are concerned, he is not valued by us, and that God is the main person in our lives. This is a form of victory for us, the host of heavens, and God, and defeat for the Devil.
7. Live fulfilled lives. We mentioned earlier on that King David praised God all through his lifetime and God loved him for doing so (Acts 13:22) and He empowered him to live a fulfilled life (Acts 13:36). He won all his battles (2 Samuel 22:40); he was rich and honourable, reigned over Israel successfully, died in a good old age and was buried in the city of David and his son, Solomon, succeeded him (1 Chronicles 29:26-28, 1 Kings 2:10). So, from his example, we can safely conclude that praising God routinely, and living fulfilled life, goes hand in hand.
Friend, as you move on fearlessly with your life, please, praise God more than you’ve ever done before and He’ll reward you with loads of benefits in response in Jesus name. Amen. Be expectant!
Jesus is Lord!