Wonders Of Praise!

TEXT: Psalm 77:7-20 (MSG)

In the medieval days, every king was ushered into his palace with some special individuals singing or chanting such king’s praise. There’s something praise does to the king. Whoever engages in praise cannot do it well without some measure of joy, happiness and excitement. Our emotions are reflected in praise. It’s the same way our emotions are passed on when we are on the phone.

You praise the king to the extent that you know him and not out of ignorance. If I had witnessed some of the things he had done, it makes my praise deeper and inspirational. You can’t praise a person in ignorance; it will only amount to flattery. When you’re going to visit the president or governor, do you wear your anxieties or frustration on your face? No, you don’t! Genesis says Joseph cleaned up when he was going to see Pharaoh. People wear their best on such special occasions. It’s the same when you come to praise Him… in spirit and in truth.

Moses, Mariam and the nation of Israel in Exodus 15 sang after witnessing the miracle of the Red Sea. That wasn’t faith at work. It is more difficult to praise by faith without seeing the works. In 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Hannah sang praises to the Lord after she had a baby boy. That miracle was borne out of meditation/revelation. Such miracles gave them more insight and knowledge of God. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who will believe/praise/worship God without seeing any physical evidence”. That ability is a product of faith given to you by revelation.

The Old Testament folks praised God after seeing His deeds but the New Testament folks live by faith. Praise is a language of faith. It has nothing to do with your experience. When we praise God, it’s purely a faith “transaction” in our minds and spirit. We actually give Him the opportunity to be God and King at the same time in any of our situations.

In 2 Kings 3, Jehoshaphat, the King of Israel needed help from Elisha the Prophet… Elisha asked for a minstrel and the spirit of God came upon him while the minstrel played. Like Jehoshaphat, when your natural effort and ability ends or is exhausted, you should know how and when to switch to the supernatural frequency.

Your emotions determine the kind of frequency you connect with. Negative emotions connect negative supernatural. (Proverbs 15:15) “A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with songs”. “It is not because things are bad that you’re sad. Things are actually bad because you’re sad” (@Sam_Adeyemi). To connect the positive supernatural, you need joy and not just happiness.

In Mark 5:21, Jesus was at Jairus’ house to help the situation, the first thing he did was to change the atmosphere. Be sensitive to your environment because it can impact everything. Can you imagine the atmosphere of heaven? Heaven can’t be caught unawares because of the happenings on earth. Check out Isaiah 61:3-4. The anointing will first change your emotions before changing your situation.

Nehemiah 8:10 says “The joy of the Lord is our strength”. If Satan can take your joy, he can take your testimonies and miracles. Sometimes it’s actually disobedience and pride to refuse to be joyful. We can train our bodies to adjust and tune to our spiritual frequency, except there is no spirituality there in the first place.

In 2 Chronicles 20:21, King Jehoshaphat adopted an extraordinary strategy: it was an adventure that produced unusual exploits. Yes, Jehoshaphat was afraid, yes he was confused! But he praised God and asked the priests to lead the praise. Jehoshaphat rolled out a small fraction of God’s CV. The priests sang at the top of their lungs. They actually demonstrated New Testament faith and so should we.

Have a praise-filled week and we trust that you will come back to testify!
Cheers, XL.

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