THE POWER OF PRAISE - With a voice of triumph

Psalm 47:1-5 KJ21
O clap your hands, all ye people! Shout unto God with the voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is to be feared; He is a great King over all the earth. He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

O clap your hands, all ye people!
The bible says to bring a clap offering Bring a clap offering. The Hebrew word - Taqa (Tah-Kah) means to clap, strike, to thrust, give a blow, blast, and it occurs more than 65 times. Taqa' indicates energy and enthusiasm. Here all the nations are commanded to clap their hands and shout triumphantly to God. God has built into the human being an almost instinctive urge to clap and shout when victory is experienced.

 

All Ye people
Praise is not just for enthusiastic people - it's for all God's people, not just the enthusiastic but everyone! Learn how to bring praise to God: to clap our hands and shout unto God. Don't miss out on bringing your praise to God!

Shout unto God with the voice of triumph!
The biggest worship song is Darlene Zschech's 'Shout to the Lord'. It encapsulates worship - Your praise touching heaven, lifting God above all else, a shout of praise. Don't be afraid to shout to the Lord! Develop your shout! If we want to see a breakthrough - we need to learn how to shout his praise because Praise comes before Breakthrough.

Shabach (Shabar) means, ‘to address in loud tones,’ ‘to command,’ ‘to shout'. Christians have to find the voice of triumph - the voice of triumph is a prophetic voice. It's a voice of faith. A voice that believes that in what God can do! Faith speaks. Faith shouts aloud! 

Don't let your voice be pulled into negativity.
Keep it up
Keep speaking life
Keep your voice in faith

 Psalm 150
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord

 

No chorus is too loud, no orchestra too large, no Psalm too lofty for the lauding of the Lord of Hosts. - Charles Spurgeon

 

For the Lord Most High is to be feared;
He is worthy. Give him all the glory. Honour the Lord above all else, the awesome wonder of God. Praise lifts him up in our lives. Praise lifts him up in the church.

 

Every good gift that we have had from the cradle up has come from God. If a man just stops to think what he has to praise God for, he will find there is enough to keep him singing praises for a week. - D.L. Moody

 

He is a great King over all the earth. He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.
Only God can turn things around and bring the victory. Our victory is in him. As we praise him and lift him up, as we shout unto God with a voice of triumph, He can bring about a mighty victory. Gideon leads his small army to victory!

 

Why we praise

1. PRAISE ELEVATES GOD IN OUR LIFE

Psalm 148: 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away.

Put him in his rightful place. In praise we lift him up - and he deserves to lifted up! If you lift him up in your life and he can do wonders. Even Jesus could not perform miracles because of a lack of honour! 

Praise honours God. Praise reminds us that God is our creator / God is big.

 

2. PRAISE DEFEATS APATHY

Being in Cambodia and Africa, you see the contrast. You realise that one of our big enemies in NZ is apathy! We have too many options and too much is focused on us and the enemy uses it to keep us busy and distracted. 

Praise crashes through apathy! You don't see apathetic people shouting out to the Lord! Let your praise kick apathy off your life! 

 

3. PRAISE SHIFTS US

When we start to praise, it lifts us out of the dramas of this life and it lifts our spirit. 
When I start to praise... I feel a spirit of faith comes upon me. The weight of the world drops off, I feel that all these things are possible with God and I receive fresh vision.

 

4. PRAISE MAKES THE ENEMY FLEE

While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled

Praise is like holding your ground in the midst of a battle. It pushes back the darkness the surrounds, and blocks the attacks. Evil will not stick around if we’re praising our God, who will fight our battles for us. Praise contains the sound of heaven - the enemy will flee when there is an atmosphere of praise! Get Heaven into your world!

 

5. PRAISE LEADS US TO VICTORY

22 When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.

He's the same God who won Gideon's victory, He can still do it today. Let's find our praise / our voice of triumph! The greatest shout of praise

Matthew 27: 50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52and tombs opened