The Power of PraiseBy: Pastor Eric Gonyon
Publish date: 04/08/2017
Psalm 100 KJV: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Praise: to commend, to applaud or magnify.
Worship: Involves the whole aspect of our awe, reverence, love, and respect for Almighty God.
What does praise do? Praise places our attention onto God instead of the problem. Don’t tell God how big your problem is. Tell your problem how big your God is.
Old Testament: God inhabits the praises of His people.
New Testament: God inhabits the people of praise.
Matthew 26:30 KJV – (Jesus, with His disciples, had sung a hymn after the last supper.)
Acts 16:22-26 KJV – (Paul and Silas praise at the midnight hour.)
Isaiah 61:3 KJV – (The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness)
Judges 6:11-16 NIV – (The angel of the Lord speaks to Gideon.)
Gideon had questions for God. He felt that his people, including himself, were the weakest and the least that God could use.
Judges 7:1-22 NIV – (Gideon was going up against a camp of 135,000 Midianites. Gideon started with 32,000 men. The Lord thinned them out to only 300 men.)
It’s the power of praise that brings confusion in the enemy’s camp causing them to fight against themselves. The Lord brings you out with a shout.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 NIV – (Treasure in jars of clay)
In the battle against the Midianites, Gideon’s 300 men broke their jars. This caused a bright light to shine as they defeated the camp.
Similarly, we are clay pots that are fragile. We are not perfect, but we contain the greatest treasure, Jesus Christ, in our clay pots. When we are weak, He is strong. When we are broken, His light shines out of us and gives us victory.
Hebrews 13:15 KJV – (Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.)
Joshua 6:10 & 20 AMPC – (The walls of Jericho came down with a shout.)
It’s the power of praise going up that brings down the walls.
2 Kings 6:15-17 AMPC – (Elisha repeatedly warned the king of Israel where the attack would come from.)
It’s the power of praise that causes you not to be afraid. The Lord will open your eyes and give you revelation that there are more with you than with them, so rejoice.
Jonah 2:9-10 NIV – (Jonah disobeys God.)
It’s the power of praise that, through repentance and thanksgiving, will deliver you from the belly of a fish – an impossible situation.
Luke 17:15-18 NIV – (Ten healed of leprosy and only one returns to praise God.)
It’s the power of praise that will cause Jesus to say, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Luke 19:35-40 KJV – (The Triumphal Entry is also known as Palm Sunday. Palm branches are considered symbols of victory and triumph.)
It’s the power of praise that keeps you from ever allowing a rock to do your job!
A Few Power of Praise Scriptures
Psalm 5:11 AMPC
Psalm 34:1 AMPC
Psalm 40:3 AMPC
Psalm 47:1 AMPC
Psalm 56:3-4 AMPC
Psalm 64:10 AMPC
Psalm 71:5-8 AMPC
Psalm 98:4 AMPC
Psalm 108:1 AMPC
Psalm 150 KJV Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Ephesians 5:18-20 AMPC – (Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns…)
The power of praise counts it done without any proof in the natural. Praise Him!
When your praises go up, your blessings come down!