Unity Sabbath Day Church of God
Torah Observant - Spirit Filled - Hebrew Roots
           

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 power.

    

  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 together. 

 

  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 (Psalm 18:1-3).  

 

 

 

 

IT's OK to Praise The Lord