“Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. May the praise of God be in their mouths and double-edged sword in their hands,”
(Psalms 149:5-6 NIV)
PRAISE THE LORD IN PUBLIC
Righteous people are redeemed by the LORD. We have to learn to praise the LORD in public places, to express it even though we have an ordinary voice. We have to praise the LORD frequently, and do not give up church gatherings. It’s true we can worship the LORD individually, yet it can’t replace the benefit of praising and worshiping together with our fellow believers.
PRAISE THE LORD IN PRIVATE
When we praise the LORD, our problems seem smaller and lighter, because we exalt the LORD. What we repeatedly echo with our mouth will echo in our soul. If we keep praising the LORD, we will experience and feel His power. The problem may not go, but we receive power to handle our problems.
BEING GRATEFUL = READY FOR WAR
People who give thanks are ready for war. God will provide the sword when praises are in their mouths. The secret to victory lies not on our strength but on our praise-filled heart.
The word ‘Praise of God’ means high praise. High praise means:
- Sacrifice of Praise
Why is it called a high praise? Because we’re not in the same position. When we don’t feel like praising the LORD, that’s the time you need to praise Him even more.
- God’s chosen Songs
When we praise the LORD with songs, at one point, God is enthroned upon them. That will be a bridge for us to experience His touch, and our burden will be lifted.
THE POWER OF PRAISE SHOWS THE POWER OF GOD’S WORDS
The power of praise has a connection with the double-edged sword of the Word of God. People who love to praise will see the power of God’s Word in their life.
Do you want to experience the power of God’s Word? Praise the LORD wholeheartedly.
Excerpted from Ps. Philip Mantofa's sermon, 13 June 2021, Youtube & Instagram Live