Praise

PRAISE: Experiencing the Power of God through Praise

I am deeply indebted to the insights of Terry Law and Jack Hayford.

1. God inhabits Your praise

Psalms 22:3 – But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.

“When we praise Him we offer Him a throne to sit upon in our presence.” – Terry

Law

2. Your Praise releases God’s power

Lord’s prayer example (first three sections):

• Acknowledge relationship with creator

• Worship, “acknowledge the exceeding glory of His holiness and wonder”

– Jack Hayford

• “Invite His activity into your world” – Jack Hayford (see also Ephesians

3:20-12)

“Worship is ... a biblical means of entering into a role of partnership with God’s

almightiness.” – Jack Hayford

Psalms 91:1 – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the

shadow of the Almighty.

Making God most high in and through your life is the key to experiencing His mighty

power in and through your life!

3. Your Tongue is crucial to praise

“God has tied the spiritual power of the universe to the human mouth.” – Terry Law

Proverbs 18:21 (NLT) – The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the

consequences.

Psalms 8:2 (TPT) – You have built a stronghold by the songs of babies. Strength rises up with

the chorus of singing children. This kind of praise has the power to shut satan’s mouth.

Childlike worship will silence the madness of those who oppose you.

4. Praise positions you for breakthrough (Acts 16)

Psalms 50:23 (NLT) – But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors Me. If you keep to My

path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”

Praise releases the power of God into your situation.

5. Bring your sacrifice of praise

Romans 12:1b (TPT) – I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be His sacred, living

sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights His heart. For this becomes your

genuine expression of worship.

2 Samuel 24:24b – nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me

nothing.

“We have been conditioned/trained to respond to God on the basis of feeling and

not faith. But praise is an act of the will.” – Terry Law

Psalms 34:1 (NLT) – I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak His praises.

Psalms 103:1-2 (MSG) – O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless His holy name! O

my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing!

“David is commanding his soul to bless the Lord, this is the essence of the sacrifice

of praise.” – Terry Law

Numbers 24:16 – The utterance of him who hears the words of God, and has the knowledge of

the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down, with eyes wide open.

Key verse to memorize:

Psalms 91:1 – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the

shadow of the Almighty.

If you already know that one:

Numbers 24:16 – The utterance of him who hears the words of God, and has the knowledge of

the Most High, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Who falls down, with eyes wide open.

Questions for discussion/application:

1. Share a time you think you experienced the manifest presence of God?

2. How is God challenging you to bring a sacrifice of praise to Him?

3. What can you bring in praise to God that will cost you something?

4. Is your worship usually confined by how you feel? (If yes, repent!)

5. Take a words inventory: Whose kingdom are you advancing more through your mouth?

God’s or the enemy’s?

6. How can you come worshipping to church? How can you be better focused for

corporate praise next week?