By Larry Eason
From my limited experience with the Sabbath keeping Churches of
God, I perceive that praising God is not encouraged. When I look at the scriptures concerning
praise in God’s word and compare that with the normal mode of operation for
most churches, I see a serious lack of compliance. What can we do?
First, I’m not here to beat God’s Church over the head with my
beliefs on praise, but I would like to look at a few scriptures for your
consideration. Maybe with a little
effort, biblical praise can be added to our services and we can see an increase
of the power of God in our lives. After
all, most people I talk with know that God’s people need more power. More power to overcome our weaknesses, more
power to prepare for the time of tribulation, more power to become the
glorified sons of God. (I Corinthians 2:1-5)
In Luke 10:18-20 (KJV throughout; paraphrased) Jesus said, He would give us power over serpents and scorpions
and over the power of the enemy.
Obviously Jesus knew that His followers would need power to withstand
the spiritual attacks of Satan. After
His resurrection, Jesus told His disciples to wait at Jerusalem until they were
endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49).
We know that on the day of Pentecost, this power was provided in a
wonderful demonstration of God’s Holy Spirit working through his newly begotten
sons, (and daughters) (Acts 2 & Joel 2:28).
What does this have to do with praising God? Almost everything.
To understand praising God, we need to journey back to what we call
the beginning. In the beginning God
created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
Before God’s creation of the physical, He had created in the spiritual
realm (Job 38:4-7). The angels or sons
of God were there when he spoke the universe into existence and they shouted
for joy. All of God’s creation praised
and worshiped Him, until sin came.
Lucifer desired that which belonged to God. Part of what he wanted was the praise and
worship of God’s creation (Isaiah 14:12-14; Matthew 4:9-10). He, along with the angels that followed him,
were cast as profane out of God’s holy mountain. They were removed from God’s
presence for refusing to give honor, praise and glory to our Creator.
The Lord God formed Adam of the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis
2:7). As God formed man in His own
image, He was creating a physical being with the ability to give Him
praise. I don’t know how long it was
before Satan came to God’s physical creation to offer his corruption; but he
came, and when he came mankind lost a close personal relationship of praise and
worship with God. Man also lost his
As God reveals Himself to us through His word we learn that He is a
God of praise. Through His Holy Spirit
He inspired the writings of the Book of Psalms which are dedicated to the praise of God. Psalm 22:22 says I will praise You in the
midst of the congregation. Psalm
34:1 His praise will continually be in
my mouth. Psalm 57:9 I will praise You among the people. Psalm 100:4
Enter into His courts with praise.
Psalm 150:1 Praise God in His
sanctuary. Psalm 150:6 Let everything
that has breath praise the Lord. Clearly
God desires the praise of His people.
Looking at some examples we are given in scripture, we see a
pattern of praise and worship which God seems to approve of. In Exodus 15:20-21, we see Miriam the
prophetess and all the women take up timbrels and dance and sing praises to the
Lord. David leaped and danced before the
Lord with all his might and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the
Lord with shouting (II Samuel 6:14-15).
When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding the colt, the whole multitude of His
disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice. When some of the Pharisees said rebuke them,
Jesus said if these hold their peace the stones would immediately cry out (Luke
19:35-40). In Matt. 21:15-16 when the
children were praising God in the temple, Jesus said out of the mouth of babes
is praise perfected. When the lame man
was healed by the power of God, he
entered with them into the temple walking and leaping and praising God (Acts
3:7-9). There are many other examples we
could use to show that when we praise God we should praise Him with all our
might and when we do, God is pleased.
Now back to the power we lost in Adam. When Jesus died and was resurrected, He made
a way for man to be reconciled to God (Romans 5:8-11). In this reconciliation a door was opened for
man to be restored to a close personal relationship with God. The same type of relationship that Adam
enjoyed before sin. This “way” is the
gift of the Holy Spirit and therein is where praise and power come
Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that the hour will come
and now is that true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in
truth. God is spirit and they that
worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). To worship God in the spirit we must be
anointed of God in the spirit. To be
anointed of God in the spirit we must learn to praise Him in the spirit. To
praise God in spirit we must learn to lift up our hands without wrath and offer
to God the fruits of our lips giving thanks to His name, for with such
sacrifices God is well pleased (Psalms 141:1-2, I Tim. 2:8, Heb. 12:12, Heb.
13:15-16). In these sacrifices, the
sacrifices of praise, you will find God’s precious anointing and in His
anointing you will find power. The power
that we all need to overcome. It’s OK to
praise the Lord. So lift up your hands
and lift up your voice and praise our God, for truly He is worthy of our praise
IT's OK to Praise The Lord