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CHAPTER 1 Praise brings Liberty 3 CHAPTER 2 A Sacrifice of Praise CHAPTER 3 Praise—A Spiritual Weapon CHAPTER 4 Praise is Faith in Action CHAPTER 5 Purpose of Praise CHAPTER 6 Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth CHAPTER 7 A Praise Celebration CHAPTER 8 How to be Born Again and a Child of God CHAPTER 9 For Your Spiritual Growth
Book No. 30
Faith In The Word
PRAISE BRINGS LIBERTY
I clearly remember with such joy a Christian gathering my wife, Meg and I attended in 1979. A group of Spirit filled believers had gathered together to glorify the Lord by praising and exalting His Name on high. The preaching of the Word was powerful and uncompromising and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as prophecy, tongues and interpretation, a word of knowledge and the gift of healings were in operation, just as it should be when the Body of Christ comes together, in the name of the Lord Jesus. We read in 1 Cor. 14:26: What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or interpretation. The thing that impressed us the most that evening was the manner in which the whole congregation ministered to the Lord in songs of praise and worship. It was a real time of rejoicing, and with reluctance we left at the close of the meeting. On our way home we agreed that it would be wonderful if all God’s children would worship and praise our Heavenly Father in such an intimate way! God confirms that He loves us, and that He wants us to demonstrate our love for Him by worshipping and praising Him freely. In fact it is His desire that all peoples and all nations should minister to Him in accordance with the pattern set out in His Word, (the Bible), because they would then be worshipping Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:2324 says: Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is Spirit and those that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The Lord has placed us here at the Stanger Christian Centre in such a privileged position in that we, through our newsletters, books and cassettes, have been able to bring the uncompromising truth according to God’s Word to many people across the length and breadth of our country! For this we give God all the honour and glory! Jesus himself said in John 8:3132: If you continue in My Word, then you are My disciples indeed and you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free. The Lord has laid it strongly on my heart to compile this book on how to glorify, praise and worship God in spirit and in truth, so that everybody can be freed from the formal, restrictive traditional way of worshipping Him. The Word of God teaches us in Eph. 5:27 that Jesus is coming soon to fetch His Bride. The Bride of Christ is the Church, His body on earth, which consists of all bloodwashed, redeemed children of God who eagerly await His coming. Eph. 5:23: For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Saviour. vs. 27: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. The choice is ours, as part of the bride of Christ to make ourselves ready for His return. In Revelation 19:7 the Word says that the bride has made herself ready for the marriage feast. When a bride looks forward to her marriage to the one she loves, rejoicing and praise are always a part of her preparation, thus, as the rapture draws close, the very excitement of the impending return of Jesus for His Bride, should cause us to praise and worship Him as never before. This is especially important in these last days in which we live. My sincere prayer is that by the time you have read this book you will be praising and worshipping God in spirit and in truth! The infilling of the Holy Spirit enables us to praise and worship the Lord from the depths of our innermost being. Paul says in Eph. 5:18: Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing
and make music in your heart to the Lord. From this it can be assumed that the infilling of the Holy Spirit is necessary in order to praise the Lord and to turn our sadness and despair into joy and gladness. We read in John 7:3739 that, before His crucifixion, Jesus declared that the Holy Spirit had not yet come because He (Jesus) had not yet been glorified. However, on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled as prophesied in Joel 2 verse 28. The believers, who had not yet been able to praise God in spirit and in truth, found a new awakening within them. There was now a newfound joy and gladness and they sang praises to the Lord. They began to speak in other tongues and declared the great wonders of God (Acts 2:11) We who are alive today and are bornagain children of God are also living in the dispensation of the Holy Spirit and ought to have songs of praise continually on our lips! We read in Isaiah 43:19 and 21: See, I am doing a new thing … the people I formed for Myself, they will proclaim My praise. From the very beginning God has always desired to have a people for Himself, a people who would know Him and worship Him in the way He desires to be worshipped! Bornagain, spirit filled believers, those who have made Jesus Saviour and Lord of their lives, and have been filled with the Holy Spirit, are God’s children who are able to worship Him in this manner. Not only throughout our country, but throughout the whole world, people are experiencing this understanding and renewal of praise and worship. Faces that once were surly and solemn whenever they sang to God are becoming joyful and full of smiles. Hands, which hung limply by their sides, or merely held a hymnbook, are being raised in adoration as a token of complete surrender to God, who has come to mean everything to them! These same hands are being clapped joyfully as the people of God sing His praises. It is therefore fitting that we, as New Testament believers, should go to the book of Psalms in order to receive guidelines on how we can have beautiful praise and worship flowing from us to the glory of God! At one stage, I had many questions in my heart concerning this form of praise and worship, and God in His mercy taught me the manner in which He wanted to be praised and worshipped. One Saturday night I was present at a meeting where I saw how born again believers praised and worshipped God with great joy and rejoicing, clapping and lifting up their hands towards heaven in an attitude of worship. I found myself putting a question mark over this type of emotional demonstration in praise and worship. I was very sceptical about what I witnessed. In the church where I worshipped I had never seen anything like this. In my church everything had to be done very quietly and conservatively without any visible emotion. I cried out to the Lord and asked Him whether the type of worship that I had witnessed that night was from Him or not, because the people who were participating in the service looked so happy and full of joy. The very next night, which was Sunday, I was watching a church service on television. Everyone was so serious. There was no joy! No emotion! It was dead! With solemn faces they sang psalms and hymns. Then the Lord asked me: “Are they praising Me, or are they attending a funeral?” It looked exactly as if they were at a funeral service! Then a sports programme followed where they showed extracts from a rugby match which had been played the previous day. The match was between the Springboks and the French. When the fifteen men wearing the green and gold jerseys ran onto the field, the stadium erupted with excitement and joy! The people cheered, shouted, clapped hands, waved and displayed their enthusiasm! Once again the Lord spoke to me. My immediate reaction was to say “But Lord, You cannot compare a bunch of rugby enthusiasts with a church congregation. Rugby spectators always behave like that!”
22:3740 to: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. They associate it with anxious fear and trepidation – but that is . luxury evening dresses. soul and body. He is God! King of the Universe! King of kings and Lord of lords. whistled and cheered for a long time. furs. your recreation. stamped their feet. joy and gratitude? I made a decision there and then to study God’s Word and find out how He really wants us to praise Him. (Matt. To worship without emotion is impossible. we come filled with expectation. with the praise men offer to me. because God created our emotions and He created us to praise Him! We are all aware that God is love and love is an emotion! Jesus gives the command in Matt. Do you know how it grieves My heart to be deprived of the worship of which I am worthy? “Yes Lord” was my reply. The audience. in your conversation. rose as one and applauded. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments. Satan has tried to deceive us by telling us that we cannot become emotional when praising God but. enthusiasm and zeal. but also with reverence and with the fear of the Lord in our hearts. and Creator of all creation! He sent His only Begotten Son. to worship God with all your heart and soul and mind. When we come together for a service. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself. The curtain was raised and lowered on five occasions. Many people have the wrong impression of the fear of the Lord. My eyes had been opened and I could see the difference and the tragedy of it all! Tragic because. We are taught to be God fearing and reverent in the presence of the Lord. Jesus says that we must become as little children. live as if God had stayed behind in the church building! I am the temple of God the Holy Spirit and He knows me better than I know myself! (1 Cor. black tie etc. your pleasure – God knows everything! I cannot go to church and act “holy” for an hour. applaud and stamp their feet. in how you perform your work. must surely include your emotions! Don’t let inhibition or embarrassment interfere when praising and worshipping your Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The voice of the Lord came to me again: “Now do you realise how empty praises are when they have no heart emotion. even though it is the greatest form of respect. so that we might receive salvation and reconciliation to Him! How much more should He not be worshipped with a demonstration of love. The dress was formal. expression or life? Compare the praise being given to these musicians. The audience was expressing their gratification and appreciation of the performance. This is the first and greatest commandment. but being God fearing and reverent is an attitude of the heart and does not necessarily mean that we must whisper and remain ridged in church! The Lord knows my heart and whether or not I really revere Him or whether I just go to church to be seen. children are spontaneous. manage your finance. The next programme was a symphony concert at the Pretoria opera house. full of joy and full of life. ready to praise and worship God spirit. That night the orchestra performed exceptionally well and when the final curtain came down the people began to clap and cheer. At our services at the Centre we give reverence to the Lord but it is also a way of life for us because we are very aware of the fact that the Holy Spirit of God is with us and in us at all times. 6:19). as far as intellectuals and artists were concerned.The Lord is patient and He showed me more. Your reverence for Him is revealed in your attitude and actions outside church too your attitude towards your husband/wife. The cream of society. demanding an encore. had gathered together for the occasion. The Lord is always with me – nothing I do or say is hidden from Him. which included many men of distinction. beloved. yet the people still continued to cheer. We come confidently into the presence of the Lord with joy and gladness. 18:2) and amongst their attributes. to die for us. Jesus. then for the rest of the week.
Isaac and Jacob. The initial early church in New Testament times was predominantly Jewish with some believing Gentiles. The fear of the Lord is to abhor evil! Our whole life must testify to our fear of the Lord! We must hate what is evil! We realise then that to fear the Lord has nothing to do with being afraid of Him. It was an established fact. 5:20) The Scriptures are very clear as to WHERE the Lord must be praised. We have the same freedom to worship and praise our Heavenly Father as the early church did. I suggest that in addition to this book you read the last five chapters of the Psalms so that you can see God’s blueprint for praise and worship. 22:24 All the angels (Ps. hymns and other spiritual songs thus referring them to the Psalms. and this is the way that God has commanded us to praise Him. It is quite plain to see WHO must praise the Lord. 150:6) The righteous (Ps. 140:40) Those that serve the Lord (Ps. and now even more so if possible! For example. and a normal relationship between a father and a child is intimate. The Hebrews knew how to praise and worship their God. clapping and even dancing before the Lord. the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ would continue to be worshipped in the way He always had been. but he can be open. and there is often loud singing. Perhaps you may question why we. The Bible teaches us what it means to fear the Lord. 148:2) Entire nature (Ps 148:35) The Scriptures are very clear as to WHEN the Lord must be praised: From morning until night (Ps 113:3) Continuously (Ps. 145:21; 148:11 and 13; 150:6) Everything that has breath (Ps. 71:8) As long as you live (Ps 146:12) In times of depression (Ps 42:12) All the time (Ps 32:2) In everything (Eph. 5:1819 that they must speak to one another in psalms. We see this throughout the Bible.not what it means! God says in Matt. Paul says to the New Testament Christians (which includes you and me) in Eph. I pray that this study will transform your life by causing you to become a true worshipper. as New Testament believers revert to the Old Testament for instruction as to how we should praise and worship God. We can have the fear of the Lord in our hearts and still enter into joyful praise and worship. 8:13: To fear the Lord is to hate evil. True praise is joyful. full of joy. and they carried this through with them into the New Testament church. and this is how our relationship should be with our Heavenly Father. Prov. In the congregation (Ps 22:23) In the great congregation Ps 22:25) Under the clouds (Ps 57:10) Enter His gates with thanksgiving (Ps 100:4) In the meeting of the elders (Ps 107:32) . 22:24) Servants of the Lord (Ps. 6:9 that we must call Him “Heavenly Father”. honest and spontaneous. trusting. nor is it the display of false piety in His presence. All people (Ps. freedom and openness. and quite obvious that the God of Abraham. Let us refer to some scriptures and allow the Word of God to speak to us on this subject. This is not to say that a child should show disrespect for his father.
serving Him with all your heart and living in obedience to His Word. your conversation is not likely to be negative or depressing! It is very important to be careful of what you allow to come out of your mouth. glory and praise. 20:21: Praise the Lord. (This full story will be discussed in a later chapter of this book).Before a great multitude (Ps 150:1) Continually (Heb. on those whose hope is in His unfailing love. who inhabit the praises of Israel (Ps. Mark 11:24 says: WHEN YOU PRAY. (Ps. resting in Him and believing that you have already received what you have asked of Him in prayer seeing the answer to your prayer with eyes of faith. If we believe the Word of God we will respond by praising the Lord! As we put our faith in God and as we grow closer to our Heavenly Father each day. As this is true. 92:2) Rejoice in the Lord. 22:3) God makes His abode in the place where He is praised. Praise the Lord! (Ps 149:1) ITS A COMMAND I will praise the Lord (Ps 103:1) They must give thanks …. but its important to praise Him at all times. that whosoever shall say unto this mountain. praise and worship ought to be part and parcel of your life. the more He responds to us and the stronger our faith becomes! Can you see how important and necessary it is for a Christian to praise God! If you are continually in an attitude of praise.. 33:1) But you are Holy. Sometimes it seems hard to have faith and praise God when you don’t feel full of joy and love. for His mercy endureth forever. A child of God walks by faith and not by sight. Jesus says in Mark 11:2223: Have faith in God. born again child of God. 11:1) Faith is complete trust in your Heavenly Father. 33:18 and . If you continue reading Ps. and faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see! (Heb. as He launched a surprise attack on the enemy of His people. not only when things are going right or when you see your prayers being answered. This is how the singers began to praise God. but shall believe that those things which he sayeth shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he sayeth. our most natural reaction will be to praise the Lord! The more we praise Him. If you desire to experience the presence of the Lord start praising Him! Praises bring victory! 2 Chron. walking in obedience to His Word. you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him! If you are a righteous. you righteous (Ps. (Ps 48:2) God must be praised for who He is. then surely you have reason to be filled with joy and to praise the LORD! That’s the kind of faith God honours! Let us look at Ps 33:1 which says: Sing joyfully to the Lord. seeing our prayers answered and our every need being met. The Lord is great! To Him be all honour. for His greatness (Ps 107:21) It is good to Praise the Lord. 13:15) The Scripture are very clear as to WHY we must praise the Lord. If you believe that you HAVE received (when you prayed). be thou removed. believe that you have already received it and it shall be yours. to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine (Ps. you have reason to give thanks to the Lord and praise Him even before you actually see the answer to your prayer. God is Almighty. For verily I say unto you. and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart. 33 you find that it contains wonderful promises for a child of God: But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him. and because the Word of God says so.
and worship is ministering to Him for Who He is. For example.19) However. According to Ps. as the unsaved are more likely to be drawn into the Kingdom if they see Christians practising what they preach! God created us to minister to Him. and who loves us so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross to save us and to heal us. but also mankind as a whole. SEVEN HEBREW WORDS FOR PRAISE HALLAL – To praise the Lord by celebrating by dancing by shining forth. by acting clamorously foolish. Hebrews 13:15 says: By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually. 31:18 and 19 we find that God blesses us in abundance if we comply with these conditions. “ministering” to Him. This is especially important. a holy nation. It stands to reason then that if you are not prepared to praise the Lord. We are admonished to “minister” to one another in the Body of Christ each one of us has a ministry. our gratitude and love should motivate us to a life of service to Him. and we do this by praising and worshipping Him as our King and our God. orphans. (1 Pet. the elderly. PRAISE is thanking God for what He does for us. the poor. we usually interpret it to mean waiting upon someone or assisting them eg. 51:15 we are told that praise is the sacrifice we must bring to God. As “priests” of God. the Lord will reveal to each one of us what our special ministry is. There is a difference between praise and worship. that is. When we talk about “serving”. Still another may have a ministry of caring for children. When I speak about worship. In Ps. etc. . 31:1– 3 we are commanded to do five things: Rejoice in the Lord! Praise the Lord! Sing psalms to His glory! Sing to His glory! Praise Him with musical instruments. it includes. Another may have a music ministry helping others to live a life filled with praise. but we now bring a spiritual offering. I am not speaking about prayer but about worshipping God for Who He is. not only those in the body of Christ. Hallal God in His sanctuary: Hallal Him in the firmament of his power. a waiter serves one in a restaurant. 2:9): But ye are a chosen generation. you cannot expect His promises to become a reality in your life. CHAPTER TWO A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE When one thinks about the benefits and blessings of God that come as a result of our obedience to His instructions in His Word. and as we ask Him. (John 3:16) God has made us to be kings and priests for Him. When we talk about “serving” God. a royal priesthood. A very robust liberating kind of praise. Psalms 150 Hallal ye the Lord. the fruit of your lips giving thanks to His Name. In Ps. an important aspect to remember is that all of God’s promises are subject to our complying with the conditions attached to those promises. widows. a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light. one person may have a ministry of exhortation – encouraging and uplifting the other. Someone who is a counsellor has a very special ministry – showing God’s mercy and giving of themselves to those who are in difficult circumstances and feel they cannot cope. God has equipped each of His children to serve others. we no longer bring Him the sacrificial offering of animals in the Old Testament. who created us for this purpose.
Our worship is only meant for the Lord. and Yadah thy name. and means that we are able to minister to. Worship is the highest form of praise. Isaiah 40:31 says: But those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. O Lord. to build someone up. who created us to worship Him. The psalmist in Psalm 150:6 even COMMANDS “all that have breath” to praise God! As His children. BARAK – To praise the Lord by kneeling or bowing. Psalm 63:3 Because thy loving kindness is better than life. It is the respectful involvement of the human heart with its Creator. It is an attitude of the heart. namely to praise and worship Him. Psalms 95:6 O come. Psalm 108:1 O God. 4:11. we cannot WORSHIP a person. and comes straight from a heart overflowing with love. Our cup “runs over” with praise. This is completely Scriptural. worship is the outpouring of deep expressions of respect. Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple. Thirdly. TODAH – The sacrifices of praise which amplifies a sustained singing. This tells us that God is worthy to receive glory.SHABACH – To praise the Lord with a shout and a loud voice. We usually start with praise to the Lord and then move into worship. It is meditation and consideration and standing in awe before the holiness. and love. YADAH – To praise the Lord with the hands and hand movements. TEHILLAH – A praise from your spirit. Secondly. and we ought to wait upon the Lord often. and who is the only One who is worthy of our worship! Thou art worthy. To praise is to speak well of someone. my heart is fixed; I will sing and give Zamar. to express appreciation of someone. While it is possible to love and to praise someone. to receive glory and honour and praise: for Thou hast created all things. experience His presence and become aware of His glory. worship always comes from the heart. you bless Him and commend Him. Psalms 22:3 But thou are holy. Firstly. Also refers to praising the Lord as a processing choir or parade. ZAMAR – To praise the Lord with the playing of an instrument. as David says in Psalm 23. speaking well of Him. to compliment. There are times during praise and worship when we may feel that we just want to wait upon the Lord. There is no stirring up of the emotions. Rev. reverence. honour and praise. (Ps 100:4 and 5) Remember that the basic difference between praise and worship is that praise is about what the Lord has done for you and worship is about Who He is. To worship is to hold someone in high esteem; to bow down before the object of worship. As we minister to Him in this way we will – Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise: For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations. Psalms 50:23 Whosoever offereth Todah glorifieth me. worship is spontaneous and sincere. we all have this ministry. The residual song of the Lord from the heart of the believer. awe. O thou that inhabitest the Tehillah of Israel. and bless God through. When considering the act of worship we look at three aspects. Sometimes you may bring Him thanksgiving or a psalm to praise His greatness. they will walk and not be faint. greatness and worthiness of God. . When you praise the Lord. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. my lips shall Shabach thee. our praise and worship. let us worship and bow down: let us Barak before the Lord our Maker. and for Thy pleasure they are created.
because of a lack of knowledge about the subject. and now I come to thee; and these things I speak in the world.. wanting to meet his needs. promising never ever to leave us. will guide and convict us. Without the joy of the Lord. Do you realise what this verse actually says? We can enter into the Holy of Holies. His Holy Spirit who indwells us. my soul doth wait. Ps 130:56 says: I wait for the Lord. blessing us and revealing Himself to us in a mighty way! It is very simple. a prophecy. Did you know that Neh. I believe that more children of God are coming to an understanding of this truth. into the very presence of God because we have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus! It is no longer only the high priest of the Old Testament who may enter the Holy of Holies once a year! Jesus has made a way for you and for me to enter into the very throne room of God at anytime. It also tells us that the praises in Heaven will sound like thunder! Although it is impossible to be perfect. as Jesus was praying. We receive His strength. and have fellowship with Him. and as often as we so desire! There is no better way to come into the presence of your Heavenly Father than through praise and worship. Praise. This joy is stirred up in us by praise and worship. When we worship Him for who He is. At such a time we often experience the working of the Holy Spirit through the members of the Body as we are edified by a message in tongues. and in His Word do I hope. In John chapter 17:13. He ministers to us. and who has done so much for us. and as we spend more time in fellowship with Him. with no victory in our lives. but I want to assure you that it is all Scriptural. who never changes. and we. worship and fellowship with God although intimate and personal. As gratitude for His grace and for what He has done for us wells up inside us. a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom. and it does not depend on our circumstances. 10:19 says: Having therefore brethren. This joy is not dependent on our physical circumstances but is dependent on Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. because of Jesus. with whom nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). we become weak and feeble Christians. and. 5:27) It is up to us to respond to the Word of God which instructs us to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. can also take place in fellowship with other believers. as His disciples (believers) today. the true Church. we come into the very presence of God – His very throne room. He says …. are included. so that we might please the Father in all we do and say. wait thou only upon God. and to follow in Jesus’ footsteps as He is the only example of perfection. that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. for my expectation is from Him. This might seem strange and new to some. The word tells us that Jesus is coming to fetch His bride. The psalmist knew about “waiting upon the Lord” and Psalm 62:5 says: My soul. (Eph. like a child spending time with a loving father. goodness and mercy. The Fatherheart of God is then stirred. Everything we have received from the Lord has been through our faith in Him our . who will spend eternity praising and worshipping Him and the Father. 8:10 tells us that “the joy of the Lord is our strength”? Jesus wanted His disciples to know His joy. My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning. It comes from our faith and trust in our Heavenly Father. and I praise Him for this. Heb. who in turn enjoys this special time with his child.It is when we wait upon God that our weakness is exchanged for God’s strength. This joy is our inheritance. we are told to strive to be “without spot or blemish” when He comes to fetch us. we will learn more and more to minister to Him and to bless Him with our thanksgiving in praise and worship! It is when we praise Him and thank Him for His love. boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way. that we open the door and enter into worship. as Jesus is the source of our joy. as we wait upon Him.
” We confess with our mouths what we believe in our hearts (Rom. Remember. this is especially effective in chasing away every spirit of heaviness. 10:23 we read: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering. and to declare it with our mouth. because He cannot lie. and it will replace all doubt. It is important to believe in our heart what the Word of God says. If you are feeling depressed and have reached a low point. the mouth will speak. you CHOOSE to sing praises it has nothing to do with your feelings or your circumstances! Remember that joy is not dependent on your circumstances. on the other hand. king of Judea. In the world we are told – “seeing is believing”. In Heb. JOY. Sing to Him a new song; Play skilfully with a shout of joy. because the Word of God declares it. We can learn a valuable lesson from this account in the Bible. healing. but the Lord’s”. It is impossible to please Him without faith (trust). The enemy had already crossed the borders of Jerusalem. Vast armies from the East were approaching Jerusalem and it appeared that the Israelites were going to be defeated. and the Lord performed a wonderful miracle for them. deliverance from bondage. ready for battle. but the Bible says – “believe first and then you’ll see”! We believe. If there is doubt in your heart and mind it will be revealed in the Word you speak. Happiness is dependent on freedom from anxiety.salvation. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. eg. because out of the abundance of the heart. We believe His promises before they have come to pass. problems. King Jehoshaphat called the people and told them to go to battle against the enemy and said that “the battle was not theirs. 11:6). It is impossible to think one thing and say another. The decision is yours alone. It will not take long for your negative thoughts to change. baptism in the Holy Spirit and every other blessing.” (1 John 4:4) Joy comes from trusting our Heavenly Father and believing His Word. every bit of depression and all doubt! We spoke earlier about Ps. so begin to confess the Word of God out aloud. Can you imagine singers leading an army into battle?! Just think of the reaction after everybody had been lined up and the king chose the singers to the fore! The soldiers . and is an inner quality. Sing to Him with an instrument of ten strings. (Heb. start praising God aloud and singing His praises. for He who promised is FAITHFUL. we read in Ps 33:1: For praise from the upright is beautiful – Let the joy of the Lord become our portion! CHAPTER THREE PRAISE A SPIRITUAL WEAPON In 2 Chron. a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22) and a product of Christ in you. He opened the prison gates and made a way where there seemed no way. However joy is dependent on our obedience to Biblical principles. and because our Heavenly Father is trustworthy. King Jehoshaphat sought the Lord. Joy does not look at the outward problems but at God’s solutions. speaking God’s Word with assurance. There is no better way to overcome doubt than by filling your mind and your heart with the Word of God. verse 20 we read the story of Jehoshaphat. The following morning all the people gathered at the appointed place. 33:13: For praise from the upright is beautiful. the Hope of Glory! You can have an inner assurance. In obedience to God’s instructions he appointed people as singers who were to lead the army into battle. but comes from within. He gives us His joy and peace in exchange for our sorrow and anxiety. Paul and Silas praised God while they were in prison. peace and joy regardless of any situation. “Joy” differs from “happiness”. 10:10). is the knowledge that “He who is in us is greater than he (devil) who is in the world. when we choose to praise God. harmful circumstances and unpleasant people and situations. Joy works on the same principle. and told the people that God had given him certain instructions.
” The king told the singers to go before the army singing praises to the Lord! They sang: Praise the Lord. They then went on to tell of how they were delivered out of Egypt. causing them to fight and argue among themselves. still singing praises to God! They marched right into the camp singing. We read in Psalm 149 verses 69: Let the high praises of God be in their mouth. This honour have all His saints. and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgement. (Also read Psalm 140:58) When you start to sing choruses aloud. killing one another! Once the Israelites were in the camp they saw what the Lord had done. Then an amazing thing took place!! Chaos and confusion broke out in the enemy camp. you bind Satan and his demons with chains and fetters of iron. There is no point in .must have looked at each other and thought: “What on earth is the matter with our king?” King Jehoshaphat then spoke to them saying: “The Lord has commanded me to put all the singers in the front line. and punishments of the peoples; to bind their kings with chains. and were almost at the enemy camp. O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for His mercy endureth forever. And brought out Israel from among them: for His mercy endureth forever: With a strong hand. His mercy endures forever. and God made them sound like a large army! The enemy turned on each other. For His mercy endureth forever. Ps 136:1016: To Him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for His mercy endureth forever. They must have been very near to the camp of the enemy. when I am faced with a difficult situation and everything seems to be going wrong. The singers sang praises to God from their hearts. Who has created the moon and the stars to control the light because His mercy endures forever! The people sang praises to their Almighty God. 136:1826: …. because God will honour your praise with His presence. the best way of defence is attack. Not one enemy soldier survived! They had all been killed! It had not been necessary for them to throw a spear or shoot an arrow! It took the Israelites three days to gather the spoils. you will discover how quickly doubt and depression disappear. Who hast created the Heavens. And whilst they were still praising God. and with a stretched out arm; for His mercy endureth forever; To Him. and a twoedged sword in their hand. He alone performs wonders; His mercy endures forever. the earth. I wish to share a few more thoughts concerning the story of King Jehoshaphat and his army. and how they overcame the enemy by praising God. to execute vengeance on the nations. the leader sang: Praise the Lord who struck down great kings! The singers rejoiced and followed with: His mercy endureth forever. And Og the king of Bashan: for His mercy endureth forever: and gave their land for a heritage: for His mercy endureth forever: even a heritage unto Israel His servant: for His mercy endureth forever: and hath redeemed us from our enemies: for His mercy endureth forever. His mercy endures forever. What caused their victory? Their faith was solidly entrenched in God and they praised Him with their whole heart! When you praise God at any time. Who giveth food to all flesh: for His mercy endureth forever. under any circumstance. which divided the Red Sea into parts: for His mercy endureth forever; And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for His mercy endureth forever. Ps. the stars and the moon. As a believer. To him which led His people through the wilderness. Who has spanned the waters across the earth. because His mercy endures forever. And slew famous kings: for His mercy endureth forever: Sihon king of Amorites: for His mercy endureth forever. for His mercy endures forever! Praise the Lord for He is good. They spoke of their God as the God above all gods – He who made the sun. The soldiers approached the enemy camp. His mercies endure forever. because this story teaches us many things we need to know in our Christian walk. I realise that in battle. But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea; for His mercy endureth forever.
and as we have already said – Praise is faith in action. the soldiers would lead the army into battle. and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem. O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not. God has provided spiritual weapons with which to do battle. important to realise. Thus saith the Lord unto you. Jesus. In the natural. these praises said: “Lord. but against principalities and powers of darkness. This was the way in which they ministered to the Lord in praise. The enemy panicked when they heard the people singing about the wonderful things their God had done for them in the past (read Deut.” That is faith. King Jehoshaphat’s praises caused the enemy to shake in their boots! God said to king Jehoshaphat and to the people of Jerusalem: Hearken ye. we are not looking at the desperate situation we are in. Believe He will bring you through. triumphing over them in it. (2 Chron. in fact their leader. Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours. and He has given His Word and promises upon which we are to stand. whether we feel like it or not. Satan himself were defeated when Jesus was crucified. we depend entirely on you. 2:15: Having disarmed principalities and powers. (2 Chron. King Jehoshaphat and his soldiers put their faith in action when they began to praise the Lord. believing the Word of God. He made a public spectacle of them. He was obedient and did exactly what the Lord told him to. 20:21) The word used in the Hebrew language for singers really means to “lift up your hand with power”. and you will see the Lord’s deliverance and victory take place in your life. and then act accordingly! PRAISE IS FAITH IN ACTION. we are not looking at the enemy. they shall declare My praise. but God’s. . led by singers praising God! He appointed those who should sing to the Lord. all Judah. It must have been an extraordinary sight to see an army being led by singers raising their arms in praise to the Lord! Note verse 22: Now when they began to sing and praise. and the battle is His if we remain obedient to His instructions. stand ye still. (the cross) Therefore we can praise Him for our victory. 2:1925). that you must not run away from the battle. The Lord has already won the battle for you. We also know that these principalities and powers. He has told us to praise Him at all times. They must have raised their hands in a demonstration of their total dependence on the Lord. This people I have formed for Myself. There is no room for doubt when God is at work. problems are never overcome by hiding or running away from them. the Lord set ambushes … It is as if the Lord waited for them to praise Him before He responded. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves. 20:15 and 17) We know that according to Ephesians 6 verse 12 that we do not fight against flesh and blood. no matter what battle we are in at present. nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them. King Jehoshaphat knew how to enter into the presence of God through praise and worship. even though it may have seemed foolish to send the singers ahead into battle! We must always remember that God is in control of the situation. and we must remember this with gratitude in our hearts. and who should praise the beauty of holiness as they went out before the army. and see the salvation of the Lord who is with you. If God be for you. who can be against you? It is however. and thou king . our Lord and Saviour. Col. For the Lord will be with you. no matter how bad the circumstances may seem. but this was a supernatural battle. He tells us in His word in Is. has already won the victory over the powers of darkness once and for all on the cross. His Son. You can look the enemy straight in the eye because God is with you. You see. He has promised to deliver me in the face of my enemies if I choose to praise and worship Him with a heart of thanksgiving in the midst of turmoil. The enemy has been defeated and all you have to do is to take a firm stand in faith. 43:19 and 21 that: He is doing a new thing.crumbling or falling apart.
that during this period. She told us. A young teacher came to Stanger and gave her heart to the Lord Jesus. was now her raging enemy. however. All this changed however. As I was praying and God was performing miracles in front of our eyes. Once I was certain that the faith of the people present had been built up. It was certainly the power in the praise of our God that caused her to triumph! Here is another glorious illustration of the power in praise. and the traps of the enemy. I noticed a man frantically trying to attract my attention. after He completely healed her neck. especially at night. I am happy to tell you that she was not only completely delivered of every demonic power to which she had opened her life. My wife. love and forgiveness of our Heavenly Father. I immediately jumped off the platform and ran to his side. but also proclaims the mercy. because it centres on Jesus and His sacrificial death. This message is always powerful. 20 verse 30: Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet for God gave him rest all around. I called a few of the sick onto the platform. She related. who had previously been her ally. I then brought the Word that the Lord had laid on my heart. We fasted and prayed for her. and on examining him. and with her. and one by one these demons had to go in the Name of Jesus. On examination I found that he had no pulse. Highly intellectual. she had been involved in studying and following 19 different religions. she sensed their attempt to approach again. which occurred during a meeting in Pretoria. but she went on to be mightily used of the Lord. An elderly man who had been sitting in an aisle seat in the third row from the front. and were putting up a fight. but she soon realised that the devil. In so doing. how as a nonbeliever she had always thought of Christians as being rather weak and pathetic. Jesus paid the price that we might have salvation and healing. all my medical knowledge sprang into action. but as soon as the tape came to the end. when she became saved. as the enemy would retreat. I realised that he had stopped breathing. no life. When I saw him lying there. others would see the miracles and have faith for their own healing. The meeting commenced with the musicians leading us into a wonderful time of praise and worship. in order to pray for them.It goes on to say in 2 Chron. Her “spirit guide” and Egyptian “gods” were among the strongmen who bound her. She told us that she was able to sleep in perfect peace whilst praises to God were playing. who always prayed with me on the platform. it shall be done . Meg. He was not about to give her up with out a fight. She found the solution was to play praise music continually while she was going through this time of deliverance. I looked up and saw a commotion. Then the Lord showed us that we should have a tape recorder playing praise music constantly in her room. due to a heart attack. and therefore builds faith in the hearers. because she has experienced both of these truths in her own life. and was a practising spiritualist at the time. had collapsed and three or four people were assisting him by placing his slumped form in the aisle. she felt their evil presence surrounding her. The army of Jehoshaphat was victorious! YOU can also be victorious! I have told you the story of king Jehoshaphat in detail so that you may realise how much power there is in praise! God gave me an illustration of this Biblical principle early in my ministry. She was especially used of God in the area of teaching on the dangers of the occult. (because the Word tells us that when two of us agree on earth. We took her through a process of deliverance when she was delivered of many evil spirits of the false deities which had been an integral part of her life. and she found herself wrestling with him and his demon powers. and it was then that the struggle with the angel of death commenced. because she had been one of his vital instruments. Satan immediately launched his attack on her. particularly when she was trying to go to sleep. which had been badly injured in a diving accident. and that they were ready to receive their healing from God’s Hand. which was salvation and healing in the atonement on the cross at Calvary.
and this elderly man was one of them. When I did the altar call. you are actually declaring your faith in Him. To you he was big and wise and wonderful and you believed your Daddy could fix anything that was wrong. (Psalm 22 verse 3) CHAPTER FOUR PRAISE IS FAITH IN ACTION When you praise God IN everything (not FOR everything) regardless of your circumstances. 11:6) A wonderful Psalm to sing or declare in the midst of turmoil is Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands. Because of this. Without delay. in the Precious Blood of the Lamb”. but IN all . he insisted that he was fine. when you were a child. and this faith pleases God. The whole congregation clapped and praised the Lord for this amazing miracle that had taken place before our eyes. They started to play a very slow worship song. Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us. and I was aware that the angel of death was busy losing the tug of war! As I rebuked the spirit of death. He not only saved his soul. and his heart commenced beating. On speaking to his excited family after the meeting. and into His courts with praise. the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. but you knew that the moment your dad walked through the door. got up unassisted and returned to his seat. and bless His name.in heaven) realised that we were in real warfare. take note. After a few minutes of regaining strength. This man was raised from the dead by God through His mighty Spiritual weapons available to those who believe. and of the praises of His people! God inhabits the praises of His people. be thankful unto Him. but breathed life into him. as he had a history of heart trouble and they were concerned for his eternal life. she requested the musicians to do battle with their instruments in playing and singing praises in order to lift the name of our God on high. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving. and God honoured their prayers and gave them the desires of their heart. you trusted your dad completely? Everything could be going wrong. he would somehow make everything right. Power. and not we ourselves; we are His people. His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generation. requested that they play the chorus “There is Power. YOU are His beloved child and never forget it! It is important that you see Him as YOUR MOST LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER. For the Lord is good. What a wonderful God we serve. but Meg discerning the need for a strong warfare attack. They praised and worshipped Him and the Lord did not disappoint them. many people responded by giving their hearts to the Lord. HE WILL NEVER DISAPPOINT YOU EITHER! However. trusting the Lord for his salvation and healing. It is most important for us to understand the fatherchild relationship in our walk with the Lord. I learned that he was unsaved and that his caring family was desperate for him to be born again. Remember how. In your heart you believed that there was nothing which your father could not do! King Jehoshaphat and his army had exactly the same attitude towards their Heavenly Father: HE would know how to handle their situation! He was big and wonderful and would walk right over the enemy! They shouted out that which was in their hearts. we do not praise the Lord FOR all circumstances. and commanded life to return in the Name above all names. not least being the power in the name of Jesus. wonder working Power. (Heb. and as the praise of God’s people went forth proclaiming the power invested in the Blood of the Precious Lamb of God. Soon the whole congregation was joining in. and the sheep of His pasture. they had brought him to the meeting. probably in reverence because of the sombre situation. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. the man started breathing once again.
There are many things in the Bible. I am too shy. with whom is no variableness. James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. We feel convicted and therefore uncomfortable. Luke 19:40. for example. and prevent us from praising and worshipping God as He requires His children to do. which He commands of us. . and only giving mental assent to this truth. and to destroy: I (Jesus) came that they might have life. We miss so many blessings by not actively praising the Lord. He instructs us to do them because He knows how much our life will be blessed when we obey Him regardless. the stones would immediately cry out. burial and resurrection with Jesus. he was a real worshipper and he understood repentance and the Lord’s forgiveness. SIN AND UNFORGIVENESS: Sin. The excuses are many. because these come from the devil and not from our Heavenly Father. yet you still do not put this into action. Sickness and destruction are certainly not good gifts. it will be easier for us to overcome the enemy. He knows that once we have been baptised (AFTER having received Jesus as Lord and Saviour). neither shadow of turning. especially when we come into the presence of the Lord. This command is for our benefit as children of the Most High God!! In the Bible it is clear that people first believed on the Lord Jesus and then were baptised. and He exhorts us to be obedient for our own sakes. Jesus was riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and the multitude was praising Him saying: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! The Pharisees called to Him from the crowd. namely. You have breath. in spite of our feelings or reasonings. eg. had the same problem that we all have. and God is not the author of them. symbolising our death. it is a command. the man of whom God said: “This is a man after My own heart”.circumstances! 1 Thess. Let us consider what could possibly hinder us. but Jesus answered them and said to them: I tell you that if these should keep silent. 1. The same applies to praise and worship. and God requires obedience. You may be totally convinced in your heart that it is Scriptural to praise the Lord with every fibre of your being. It does not say anything about our feelings. However. There is no way that a loving. and to kill. It is there for our benefit. We know. how he rejoiced and danced before the Lord with sheer joy and gratitude when the Ark of the Covenant was brought back to Jerusalem. This is confirmed by these scriptures: John 10:10: The thief (the devil) cometh not. The Bible commands in Psalm 150:6: Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. the Lord will not hear me. or the opinions of our denomination. I am not that kind of a person etc. 5:1618. how much more does our loving.” He excelled in praising and worshipping the Lord and he wrote many of the psalms. sin in our life. then repented of them and received God’s forgiveness. no matter how many excuses we may have. and cometh down from the Father of lights. or a car accident. and asked Him to rebuke His disciples for praising Him. He always confessed his sins to the Lord as he became aware of them. earthly father would cause terrible things to happen to his precious child. David. to rob and destroy but good and perfect gifts come from the Lord who is the giver of LIFE IN ABUNDANCE. It would be stupid to praise and thank the Lord for cancer. I cannot be so emotional. Take for instance water baptism: Mark 16:16 reads: He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved. He said in Psalm 66:18: “If I regard iniquity in my heart. God knows what will benefit us. but for to steal. and especially unforgiveness binds us. We get an idea of the great importance that Jesus placed on praise when we read Luke 19:3840. therefore this command is for you and for me. because we know that God sees our heart and knows all about us and our weaknesses. and might have it more abundantly. Heavenly Father not care for us? The Bible teaches very clearly that it is the devil who brings things upon us to harm us – he comes to kill.
he would rather you “felt” unworthy. He will forgive you. and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. and you must believe His Word. (Ps. is usually too proud to admit that they could be wrong or to accept change. a very simple solution to restore our relationship with Him and to feel free to bring Him the praise and worship of which He is worthy. it is important to know that the Lord has forgiven you. Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of your faith (Heb. The solution is confession and repentance. Create in me a clean heart. 1:9) David literally says that repentance of sins brings the joy of the Lord into one’s heart! Hide Thy face from my sins. however as long as there was sin in his life. 12:2) …… Being confident of this very thing. Adam and Eve walked with the Lord and fellowshipped with Him in the Garden of Eden. TRADITION: “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition” (Matt. Submit yourselves therefore to God. 1:6. There is however. which is not pleasing to God. grace and love. 2. for their sin hampered the relationship they had had with God. so did my grandfather and my father. recognise where these “feelings” are coming from. you tend to place all the emphasis on yourself. 15:6) Those of you who receive our newsletter on a regular basis know how strong a stand we take against tradition of man which is not in line with the Bible. Tradition says that God lives in a church building. then that is exactly what He does. he could not praise the Lord. instead of focussing on the forgiveness that was bought for us by Jesus at Calvary. He says in Heb. 8:12 that He will forget your iniquities. 3.In Isaiah 59:2 we read: But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you. and he will flee from you (James 4:7). but according to the Spirit. (1 Joh. If then you know that the Lord has forgiven you. rather than the lies of the devil and your feelings. Tradition is often based on pride. where we meet Him once or twice a . (Genesis chapter 3) After they had sinned they hid from the Lord. and blot out all mine iniquities. so that you will not feel free to praise and worship the Lord as you should. so that He will not hear. who are you to continue holding this sin against yourself? Do not be like so many Christians who stay bound by this trap of the enemy. 8:1 says: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. 51:9 and 10) David knew that once his sins were forgiven he could come before the Lord with praise and worship and rejoicing. The devil is the accuser of the brethren and the father of lies and whose aim is to make the children of God feel guilty and condemned even after they have confessed and received God’s merciful forgiveness. Philip. Those who are more selfconscious than Godconscious often remain in a state of guilt! If you have an overcritical spirit towards yourself and develop a false sense of humility. so it is good enough for me”.” The way to walk free from sin and condemnation is found in the following Scriptures. you become negative and introspective. If we confess our sins. Remember that we do not rely on feelings. and renew a right spirit within me. Resist the devil. With this attitude. If you do feel condemned and unworthy. that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. He does not want you to “feel” God’s forgiveness. which is forever established. but on the Word of God. and remember that Rom. CONDEMNATION: Once you have sincerely repented of your sins. Anyone who clings to tradition in spite of the fact that it is not based on Bible truth. stubbornness and intellectualism and pride is a sin! (It was because of the sin of pride that Satan was thrown out of heaven!) Tradition says: “My great grandfather worshipped God in this fashion. In other words when God tells you in 1 John 1:9 that if you confess your sins. O God. before they sinned by eating of the forbidden fruit. Satan wants to keep you in bondage to guilt. who do not walk according to the flesh. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.
139:712) Tradition has taught Christians that they should be quiet. (Rev. Year after year Christians have followed numerous unbiblical manmade traditions even though the Word of God may teach quite the opposite. He also knows about your backbiting and “little white lies”. The last five Psalms in the Bible tell us exactly how God wants to be praised and worshipped. and who together make up His church. and we know that one of the best ways to please Him is by praising and worshipping Him. 8:32) WORLDLINESS: Jesus assured His disciples that the “world” hated Him. Eden. to dance or sing praises to Jesus. and are able to display their emotions without any inhibitions at all. The Psalmist says: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” (Ps. rebelled against God. so God banished him from heaven with one third of the heavenly host. but God knows what we are really like. and display a religious attitude! We may be able to fool some people. and would therefore hate them. never let the opinion of other people prevent you from praising your wonderful Heavenly Father! 5. Never forget that God is omnipresent. If people cannot do this. was a paradise. SATANIC OPPRESSION: Satan was originally the archangel created by God to continually praise and worship Him. A Christian’s motive should always be. they have a problem. which prevents them from honouring and worshipping the Lord in the way in which He desires to be worshipped. Many people think it pleases Him if they display a sombre and pious attitude in church. He knows our heart. and knows how rude you were to your husband/wife in the car on your way to church. We are told in the book of Revelation that if we are luke warm. and we will not have the full liberty to enter into praise and worship the way we should. 9:10) The number one priority in your life should be to want to please your Heavenly Father. 3:16) When we are still toying with the things of this world and the lusts of the flesh. who is the Creator and Saviour of all! They forget all about their “dignity” at rugby matches or at shows. Remember. (Ezek. As . Worldly people find it embarrassing to praise and worship God. This is why Satan has such an intense hatred towards those who praise and worship the Lord. (Acts 7:48). 28:119) He was appointed to make melody and music. or how impatient you are with your children and employees. talk in a whisper. with him. “how can I please the Lord?” If this is a priority. through pride and personal ambition. they appear more ‘holy’. whilst still holding onto the world and what it represents. and was extremely beautiful. who. stiff and unemotional in the presence of God.week for an hour or so. “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God “(John 12:43) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom… (Prov. Then he fell. It is foolish to think that we leave the presence of God behind when we leave the church building! The Lord does not live in buildings made by human hands – He lives within the hearts of those who have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and are now His children. inhibitions and the fear of man will disappear. God will spit us out. dancing and shouts of joy and the use of various musical instruments. but they prefer not to get too emotional about the King of kings and Lord of lords! “What will people think of me if I do that?” is often the thought. (John 15 verse 18) The world system with all its carnality and lust is opposed to true spirituality. He was “the cherub that covereth” and his headquarters. I trust that you will allow the truth to set you free from denominational tradition. and that we must put on smart clothes. It is impossible to love the Lord Jesus and serve Him in spirit and in truth. These Psalms speak of joyful singing. They feel it is undignified to clap their hands. (Joh. our hearts will condemn us.
“Great is the Lord. Praise Him with a loud voice. and resist him with the Word of God. 146:1) He is the Highest Authority. feelings of inferiority or fear. 148:1) This is not a request or a suggestion. You may wonder what you can praise Him for. etc. lift your hands and dance before the Lord. He is Almighty. Praise Him for the air you breathe. you shall worship the Lord your God. who is worthy to be praised …. but recognise the attack. is to continually play praise music and choruses in your home. sing. and the family that awaits you. “I will call upon the Lord. We should praise Him because He is worthy of our praises. but a command! We should praise God because it glorifies Him. “Bless the Lord. Give honour and praises to the King. O ye righteous; for praise is comely for the upright” (Ps. and Him only you shall serve. So when he comes with sickness. 50:23) We. which had been Satan’s original position and from which he has been banished forever. Praise Him for the roof over your head and the meal on the table. O my soul” (Ps. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. You can be sure that Satan will also try and tempt you. and greatly to be praised” (Ps. and the use of your legs and arms. “Praise ye the Lord” (Ps. “(Ps.. fear and other attacks of the enemy. His children. should have a burning desire in our hearts to praise Him. “Praise ye the Lord.children of the most High God. 103:23) We should praise Him because it is comely for the upright to do so. clap your hands. depression. but it just shows how much Satan longs to be worshipped. I can go on and on. as many people do not. “Rejoice in the Lord. Who heals all your diseases. your eye sight.” (Ps. You can praise Him for the home you are driving to. the best way to counter the attack is with the Word of God and by praising the Lord! Praise Him for all the blessings He showers upon you. “Who so offereth praise glorifieth Me … “(Ps. just as Jesus did. and the beauty of His creation around you. and Satan will retreat very quickly! A very effective preventative measure against depression. This is the reason for his hatred of Christians and why he tries his level best to discourage us from praising the Lord. 33:1) . Of course we know that Jesus refused to do so. You can praise Him for the strength and ability to drive. Luke 4:8. we are able to enter the innermost courts of God to praise and worship Him. He said to Jesus in Luke 4:68: If You fall down and worship me I will give you the kingdoms the earth. Satan quickly retreats from where God is being praised and the Name of Jesus is being exalted! CHAPTER FIVE PURPOSE OF PRAISE Why should we Praise the Lord? We praise Him because He is God. For a start you can praise Him that you have a car. or even when you are driving in your car. and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities. when He said: Get behind me Satan! For it is written. 48:1) We must praise Him because He instructed us to do so. poverty. 18:3) We should praise God for all His goodness. O my soul.
start SINGING praises to Him. whatever we ask. delights himself in Him.We should praise the Lord because He inhabits the praises of His children. And if we know that He hears us. How does the Lord want us to praise Him according to the Scriptures? Keep in mind that any praise and worship is only valid and acceptable to God when it comes from a heart overflowing with love and pure motives.” (Ps. The heart that praises and worships the Lord will have desires in accordance with His Will. which Thou hast redeemed. thus expressing your love and praise. Get it sorted out. the Bible principle is FIRST praise. but He delights in those who act upon it! 1.” However it doesn’t work that way. and then He will grant those desires. that if we ask anything according to His will. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee… they go from strength to strength. Humble yourself and go before the Lord. we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. and sang praises unto God … (Acts 16:25) There is no Biblical evidence of anyone ever praising God quietly in his heart. and your joy in the Lord will reach new heights. dance and jump for joy before Him. He will show you many places and opportunities to praise and worship Him. The most important fact. is not true praise and worship. asking Him to soften your hardened heart and to give you a revelation of who He is. THEN see. He hears us. David said: “Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house: they will be still praising Thee. then there is definitely a problem in your life. (Mark 11:23) . but also as you go about your daily work. If you do not have a contrite heart of gratitude towards the Lord. and He gives him the desires of his heart. 5 and 7) The Lord is the strength of the person who praises Him. If you always sing in the shower. just going through the motions or imitating others. In other words. SING praises to the Lord. A lovely new sense of liberty will well up within you. 22:3) Praising God gives us strength. THEN receive. and my soul. not only in the privacy of your place of prayer. His Word is His will and He cannot violate His Word by doing anything contrary to it. He also learns to walk in the joy of the Lord because the joy of the Lord is his strength. We read in 1 John 5:1415: Now this is the confidence that we have in Him. then I would praise Him. Praise is always spoken or sung out loud. “But thou art holy O Thou that inhabits the praises of Israel” (Ps. (Neh. gratitude and thanksgiving to Him! First try praising Him in your home. (Ps 66:17) And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed. You may not have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour as yet. where you were not allowed to do more than sing loudly. 37:4) Sometimes people say: “If only the Lord would give me the desires of my heart. Our tongues and the words of our mouths play a very important role in our lives. therefore. yet in the past few months praises to the King of kings have been building up inside you until you want to burst. (Ps. My tongue also shall talk of Thy righteousness all the day long; (Ps 71:2324) I cried unto Him with my mouth. this is because you are being obedient to God’s instructions! He has never been impressed by those who merely hear His Word and remain passive. If you are open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Do you know God as Heavenly Father? Is Jesus your Lord? Perhaps you are someone who has been brought up in a traditional church. Faith works in the same way FIRST believe. is the attitude of your heart. 8:11) The person who continually praises and worships the Lord. it can not be done in silent thought or meditation. Praise the Lord for that! I suggest that you make a study of the different ways to praise the Lord and to fully embrace them. Praising God with your voice: My lips shall greatly rejoice when I SING unto Thee. 84:4. and He was extolled with my tongue.
all ye lands (Ps. Sing to His glory: Let your lips and your voice become instruments of praise and worship. 47:7) I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness; and will SING praise to the name of the Lord most high (Ps. (as we discussed in the previous paragraph). He is not deaf. . We need to lift up our voices and shout. And the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times. The Bible encourages the children of the Lord to SING. Sing unto God: Enter into His gates with thanksgiving. 100:4) For God is the King of all the earth: SING ye praises with understanding (Ps. and the Israelites were able to take the city! This once again proves that in the Bible there is a place for the Believer to shout with a loud noise. let us sing unto the Lord: let us MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE To the rock of our salvation (Ps 95:1) CRY OUT and SHOUT. but He also made us and knows that when we are genuinely enthusiastic.” True. for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee (Is. and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him (Joshua 6:45) That is exactly what Joshua and his men did they were obedient to the instructions God gave them and SHOUTED! The walls of Jericho fell. which instruct us to SING to the glory of God. And the wall of the city shall fall down flat. and I believe it brings joy to the heart of our Heavenly Father to hear His Children sing His praises. (Ps 47:1) …. There are many Scriptures. letting the whole world know what a wonderful God we serve and how mighty are His works! 3. is His instruction. An interesting aspect of singing to the Lord is that God expects a variety of songs from us. 12:6) There are times when we just sing unto the Lord. and the priests shall blow with the trumpets and it shall come to pass. and into His courts with PRAISE (Ps. 100:2). His Word. Make a joyful NOISE unto the Lord.Start every day with praises to the Lord. 2. grateful and excited about something. but it comes from the very heart of God. thou inhabitant of Zion. It may seem strange and foolish. among the people; I will SING unto Thee among the nations (Ps. His ways are higher than our ways. but there are also times to lift up our voices and SHOUT with an exceeding abundance of joy! I have heard people say: “I don’t need to shout at God. Also read 2 Sam. Do you remember how the walls of the great city of Jericho fell down when the people of Israel were obedient to the Lord’s instructions? …. let them also that love thy Name be joyful in thee (Ps 5:11) O come. that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn… all the people shall SHOUT WITH A GREAT SHOUT. as if at a graveyard. 9:11. reasoning and justification carry no weight at all in this matter. sporting heroes aren’t deaf either! Our arguments. regardless of how you FEEL. and yet it is sad to still find notices near some church buildings bearing the word “SILENCE”. because the only thing that counts.. 57:9). we usually SHOUT about it! Do your recall the illustration I gave earlier in this book how the Lord taught me a lesson about praise and worship through watching the reaction of people to their sporting heroes? Well. 22:50; Ps. Shout unto God: O clap your hands. and His instructions are always for our benefit. Also read Ps 28:7; 34:1; 40:16. to SHOUT and to make a joyful NOISE unto Him. all ye people; SHOUT unto God with a voice of triumph. for the glory of God. 7:17) I will praise Thee. O Lord.
The devil hates and opposes any believer speaking and singing in the Spirit (in tongues). The devil knows that God blesses those who are worshipping Him in song. Lifting our hands: LIFT UP YOUR HANDS in the sanctuary. 3:16) We find that the Psalms are a great source of inspiration for songs and choruses. in fact we usually stand to attention. singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. (Col. To sing in the Spirit in this way is totally spontaneous and unrehearsed. We would never think of remaining seated when we sing our national anthem. When one sings in the Spirit. singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. These are songs inspired by the Holy Spirit. however. vocal chords and lips in expressing praise and worship to the Lord. The Spiritfilled believer sings the melody and words that the Lord gives him. How much more should we not respect the King of kings and Lord of lords?! 2. The Holy Spirit will often prompt us to stand in the presence of our wonderful Lord as a form of worship. Praise ye the name of the Lord; praise Him O ye servants of the Lord. Let us. Our WHOLE BODY can become involved in our worship. (1 Cor. let us now look at the different WAYS in which we are able to praise and worship Him. (Eph. because he does not understand the heavenly language. the HOLY SPIRIT provides the words and the tune! Such a spiritual song can be in the language of the believer who is singing. bless ye the Lord. the mind is not involved “the understanding (mind) is unfruitful” (1 Cor. (Ps 143:6) Throughout the world the lifting of one’s hands is regarded as a sign of surrender the . as a thirsty land. but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. but only knows that the Holy Spirit is glorifying God through the song. all ye servants of the Lord. in which case the Bible calls it singing with the understanding or mind. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought. It is amazing the harmony that is produced when spirit filled believers sing together in the spirit. in the courts of the house of our God. Standing: Behold. which by night STAND in the house of the Lord. and as the Spiritfilled believer sings spontaneously. Ye that STAND in the house of the Lord. and bless the Lord. my soul thirsteth after Thee. Faith plays an important role in singing in the Spirit. 1. We often honour those who have performed well and excelled by giving them a standing ovation. (Ps 135:1 2) Standing is always a way of expressing respect. The Bible tells us in Romans 8 verse 26: Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. 14:14) The mind has no natural understanding of what is being sung. As we have fully discussed the use of the tongue. (Ps 134:2) I STRETCH FORTH MY HANDS unto Thee. People stand up when an important person enters a room as a sign of honour and respect. (Ps 134:1) Praise ye the Lord. and hates God being worshipped in spirit and in truth.Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. to bring Him honour. take note of the spiritual songs which are also mentioned in the above verse. 14:15) At other times there can be singing in tongues. 5:19) Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.
a rugby hero etc. (Phil 2:1011) We probably do not have a problem with kneeling when we pray in private. we are familiar with the demonstration of appreciation by clapping. Surely this alone causes us to clap our hands with delight and gratitude. of things in heaven. We acknowledge that we give ourselves over to Him completely. Once again. so why not then the same applaud and ovation for our Living God. and too embarrassed to display our emotions. and provided for our every need. why not react in like manner unto the Lord? He has done so much for us. (Ps. and God promises to exalt the humble. as it were. you will experience a glorious freedom and liberty.same applies when we lift our hands before the Lord. Kneeling O come. a stage artist. It is very simple to raise one’s hands.. yet it is amazing how difficult some people find it. Psalm 47:1. to receive blessings from the Lord as we lift them up to Him. 143:6) Our arms become a funnel. He has given us His Son. shout unto God with the voice of triumph (Ps 47:1) It is very natural for someone to clap his hands when he is glad and excited. especially when they are not completely surrendered to the Lord! They often resist this form of worship due to pride or embarrassment. and yet just watch when a king or celebrity drives past a crowd of people. eternal life and be reconciled to Him. This is definitely a God inspired reaction. let us worship and bow down: let us KNEEL before the Lord our maker (Ps 95:6) For this cause I BOW MY KNEES unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 3:14) That at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW. ALL YE PEOPLE. If we clap our hands and express our joy whenever we are happy. all ye people. Raising your hands to the Lord for the first time seems strange. (James 4:10) 5. and your hands and arms suddenly feel very heavy. but when we come together as the Body of Christ (church) we become selfconscious and shy. even small children do this spontaneously. We are still far too worried about what people will think of us. who deserves even more honour. Jesus so that we might have our sins forgiven. which is shown to secular people such as. CLAP YOUR HANDS. However. and instructs us to. Clapping hands O CLAP YOUR HANDS. Initially you are convinced that everybody is looking at you. which causes us to be SELFconscious and MANconscious. in stead of being GODconscious! Kneeling and bowing are both positions of humility and it has always been difficult for man to humble himself in the presence of others. 3. He desires this form of praise from us. He also honours the humble and His Word tells us that He despises the proud. and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. In fact it will eventually feel completely unnatural to you not to raise your hands to the Lord when you are praising and worshipping Him! When you stretch out your hands towards Him it is also symbolic of thirsting after God and spiritual things. We are actually saying that we belong to Him unconditionally. but once you have lifted your hands to the Lord in praise and worship. and in the sight of the Lord. a humble man always finds favour in the sight of the Lord. Lying prostrate . 4. a mayor. With outstretched arms they wave little flags as a symbol of their respect and honour. and things in earth. a state president.
the Great God.. Unfortunately we seldom see people prostrating themselves before God in this position of surrender. Dancing Let them praise His Name in the DANCE …. to hop. and behold.And Ezra blessed the Lord.. to lift up the feet. his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances …. WHEN IT WAS FINALLY RESTORED TO THEM. those who truly seek His face in repentance and need. (Judges 11:34) THEY DANCED FOR JOY WHEN THE ARK OF THE COVENANT WAS BROUGHT BACK TO JERUSALEM. (2 Sam 6:16) WHEN JEREMIAH PROPHESIED ABOUT THE GLORIOUS RESTORATION OF HIS PEOPLE. . The Hebrew and Greek words used in the original manuscripts of the Bible which have been translated as “ dance”. 31:13) IN LAMENTATIONS 5:15 JEREMIAH DESCRIBES THE SORROW OF HIS PEOPLE WHEN THEY WERE IN EXILE: The joy of our heart is ceased: our dance is turned into mourning…. such as to jump up. with your face on the ground. Let us consider this form of worship. and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord …. (Neh. It is a way of praising and thanking Him joyfully. Biblical dance is therefore a spontaneous hopping and skipping before the Lord due to gladness and joy and gratitude! The children of Israel knew how to dance before the Lord and it was an integral part of their worship. is certainly a sign of deep respect and humility. HE SAID: Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance … (Jer. Amen with lifting up their hands: and they bowed low their heads. it springs forth from a choice we make in obedience to God’s Word. but no doubt. and although it is spontaneous. (Ps 149:3) Praise Him with the timbrel and DANCE …. 6. 8:6) To lie prostrate before somebody. took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances (Ex 15:20) And Jephthah came to Mizpah unto his house.. And Miriam the prophetess. And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod … (2 Sam 6:14) …. but you draw the line at dancing! Dancing is a demonstration of our delight and joy in the Lord. prostrate themselves before Him in their closets. The Bible gives us a few examples of this: THEY DANCED TO CELEBRATE THEIR FREEDOM AND SALVATION. Dancing involves the whole body – and it is therefore a good way of bringing our whole body to Him as a living sacrifice. have a variety of meanings. the sister of Aaron. Amen.. And all the people answered. (Ps 150:4) Perhaps you feel that you can go along with everything you have read so far about praise and worship.
but rather an exuberant joy. praise and worship. the prophetess. designed to be beautiful. took a timbrel in her hand; and ALL the women went out after her … (Ex. and often leads to temptation and carnality. We read in Ex 32:6 how the children of Israel danced around the golden calf. the sister of Aaron. such as takes place at nightclubs and disco’s. and leap for joy. and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances (Ex 15:21) Biblical dance can be done alone. Let them praise His name in the dance: let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel and harp (Ps 149:3) And Miriam. Satan desires to be worshipped and will confuse the children of God with a counterfeit for the things of the Lord whenever he can. It is an expression of joy to the Lord. It is essential. and rejoiced (agalliao). (Acts 16:34) Let us be glad and rejoice (agalliao). It can be accompanied by musical instruments or by song. behold. took a timbrel in her hand. Never underestimate the whiles of enemy! Worldly dancing. but it is definitely also seen the New Testament church. inner joy. My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced (agalliao) in God my Saviour …. is inspired by the devil and his music. for. I thank thee. O Father. and that the dancing is not performed in a worldly and fleshly manner. as described by the Lord for us in His Word! Music is yet another example of something beautiful and holy that the devil has perverted for his own evil purposes and we need to be aware of this fact. however. And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod (2 Sam. and any form of carnality and flesh leads to backsliding. It is a perversion of what God intended for His people. your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets (Luke 6:23) In that hour Jesus rejoiced (Agalliao) in spirit. simple and unsophisticated: hopping. and give honour to Him (Christ): for the marriage of the Lamb is come. believing in God with all his house. Biblical dance is spontaneous. and His wife hath made herself ready (Rev 19:7) It is obvious that in New Testament days. 15:21) . so all objections to rejoicing in this way are unfounded. skipping and rejoicing. 6:14) And Miriam.There are those who say that it was only in Old Testament days that dancing formed part of praise. How Satan would love the children of the living God. immorality and idolatry. but it is also something which Satan is able to pervert and use to corrupt people. he set meat before them. dancing before the Lord formed an integral part of praise. to fall into his trap and follow after his corrupt ways. (Luke 1:46 and 47) And when he (the jail warden) had brought them into his house. worldliness. the sister of Aaron. is something created by God for His children to joy for His glory alone. Those who worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth. This is not merely a deep. and said. or in a group. in all its fullness. Godly music of. One of the Greek words which often appears in the New Testament is “agalliao” which literally means: jump for joy. or alternatively to refrain altogether from taking part in genuine. as this would feed the carnal man and be unacceptable to the Lord. Music. the prophetess. Jesus’ own words were: jump for joy! Rejoice ye in that day. Dancing before Him in praise and worship brings joy to His heart. Lord of heaven and earth … (Luke 10:21) And Mary said. We need to guard our hearts and examine our motives at all times. that there is always a sense of reverence.
that David took a harp and played with his hand; so Saul was refreshed. It is all part of his ongoing rebellion towards God. and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpists playing with their harps: . Musical Instruments Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp. to give us a greater understanding of the character of God. when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul. and that Jesus. He created a beautiful angel. remembering always that our Biblical roots are Hebraic. And it came to pass. 23:3 and 5) And I heard a voice from heaven. and was well.Biblical dance is not done in couples with the opposite sex. Satan. (1 Sam. and the noise of thy viols … Now you can appreciate why Satan (Lucifer) is such a master of music even today. the Son of God. we should be all the more determined that it should be used only for its original purpose. for He made everything GOOD! (Gen. and read about the young men and the old men in Jer. It is interesting to note that there is always rejoicing in dance at Jewish weddings. put him in the third heaven and gave him the ability to make wonderful music. as the voice of many waters. We cannot let the devil rob us of the benefits that God intended us to have through music! It is our duty. 28:13 in the King James translation of the Bible) He was a very special heavenly being – an archangel. Imagine what great plans God had for music right from the beginning of time and how He longs for it to be used and performed for His glory alone! True praise and worship with musical instruments must come from the very heart and soul of the musician. rather than from mere natural talent or technical ability – in other words the musician must be led by the Holy Spirit. Again the Bible provides interesting Scriptures regarding music used in the Lord’s service. and the evil spirit departed from him. 150:35) There is a far greater potential for music in the field of praise and worship than we realise. and at certain times during the feasts of the Lord. He actually desired to be exalted to the place of God. No other angel or being was allowed to come closer to the throne of God than he. He had musical instruments built into his body (Read Ezek. He became so proud of his beauty and his music that he rebelled against God.16:23) Now the Levites …. This angel was Lucifer – and later. 15:20. and we read in Isaiah 14 verse 11: Thy pomp is brought down to the grave. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes. (Ps. Again refer to Miriam and the Israelite women in Ex. 31:13. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. and should be our greatest joy to worship the Father with song and dance. Biblical dance was prophesied by the Lord Himself ages ago. Barmitzvahs.(1 Chron. We know that long before God made man and this earth. to set us free and bless us. and why he can apply it so effectively to destroy the crown of God’s creation – man. and there is no age limit. When we see to what extent music is used by Satan to enslave mankind. The study of music in the Bible is very interesting. 1:31) Music is meant to draw us closer to our Heavenly Father. 31:4) 7. (Jer. is a Jew. …… thou shalt again be adorned with thy timbrels and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry. Four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments ….
And they sang as it were a new song before the throne …..23) The name of the fourth son of Jacob and Leah was Judah. there is liberty!” 2 Cor. and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Cor.. . And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole SPIRIT and SOUL and BODY be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. our soul is involved. If we read Hos. our spirit becomes involved. made up of His bloodwashed children. When we praise the Lord our hearts are ploughed and prepared so that when the Word of God. and the Holy of Holies. 5:23) Your body is your flesh that you can see and feel. (1Thes. meaning “praise”. will and emotions are now concentrated on Him. where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. (Rev 14. soul and body. so His dwelling place in the New Testament. Praise Him for that! We also realise that when we belong to Him. your will and your emotions. One sees in the Old Testament that the nation of Israel worshipped God in temples made by human hands (Acts 7:48). lifting our hands and kneeling. 9: 2326) Man also consists of THREE parts: spirit. such as the tabernacle of Moses. When we proceed to the first phase of worship by singing. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God. who are children of the New Testament. Our mind. which was a pattern for the new. consists of three parts. and have been baptised by full immersion after we have believed we then receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit and our new prayer language so that we may be able to praise God fully. There is a wonderful parallel between this and praise and worship: When we start praising by singing. praising and worshipping the Lord came very naturally to the Israelites. 3:17. His Blueprint for praise and worship must be followed. We. know that OUR BODIES are the temples of God. is sown (Mark 4) it falls on fertile ground. and that everything about us and our ministering to the Lord has an order and plan? God took the trouble of giving us His plan for worship in the Old Testament. 10:11 we find the following: Judah shall plough …. and we enter into the “Holy of Holies” of the tabernacle. and where the Holy Presence of God was manifested. And that is an actual fact. Your spirit is that part of you which becomes new (born again) when you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. and they practised it often without inhibition. the Glorious One. Praise and worship is therefore VERY IMPORTANT AND ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL in the life of a child of God. the inner court or holy place. They ministered to the Lord in this way and fully understood the power and blessing that comes from praising the Lord. Just as God’s dwelling place in the Old Testament (the tabernacle) had three parts. As I have previously mentioned. the new and better covenant. When we worship by singing in the Holy Spirit. which is the incorruptible seed. Your soul is your mind (intellect). I want to share something very interesting with you. It is so important that once we have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. 3:16) (Also read Heb. Remember: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is. thereby entering into the “inner court”. In other words:” Praise shall plough”. clapping our hands and dancing. (Ex 26 and 17) This tabernacle consisted of THREE parts: the outer court. right into the very throne room of God! Can you see how beautifully the three stages of praise and worship flow into one another. it is our bodies that are involved and we enter into the “outer court” of the tabernacle.
we surrender ourselves in complete adoration. She answers Jesus by saying that because she is a Samaritan woman. Jesus replies that if she knew Who it was Who was asking her for a drink. Remember Is. give me this water. is asking her for a drink. (John 14:6). Jesus says the new worshippers will be different. that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. God is Spirit; and they that worship Him. (Joh. even more important that we minister to our Heavenly Father. must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Jesus emphasises that true worship comes from the heart. and now is. When we do this. it is . that I thirst not. In John 4:724 there is a very enlightening portion of Scripture describing the way in which God wants to be worshipped. and Ye say. and anointed the feet of Jesus. and He asks her to give Him a drink. we must bring our very best. we are in fact giving of ourselves completely. we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. neither come hither to draw. Sir. Spiritfilled child of God has a ministry of serving. Jesus saith unto her. I want to share a few thoughts with you on this subject. I perceive that Thou art a prophet. and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. 8:28) We worship the Father in spirit. In worshipping the Lord. I will do a new thing: now it shall spring forth …. which they have made. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain. They will know the true God and worship Him in spirit and truth. very costly. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard.CHAPTER SIX WORSHIPPING IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH MINISTERING TO THE LORD I mentioned previously that every born again. for the Father seeketh such to worship him. and because we know our Heavenly Father through Jesus His Son. When the Lord commands us to do something in a certain way. He also points out that there are many people who worship idols and images. how is it that He. believe Me. and He would have given her living water. she would have asked Him. I have stated clearly that the Lord has given us the blue print of His Word to guide us in every area of our lives and that includes the manner in which He wants to be praised and worshipped. Woman. this people have I formed for Myself: they shall shew forth My praise. the hour cometh. When we worship. whereby she would never thirst again. so that the Body of Christ can be built up and edified. a Jew. and an important way we do this is by praising and worshipping Him. as its members minister to one another. I speak these things (Joh. when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth. yet do not understand what they are worshipping. But the hour cometh. Jesus declared: I am the Way the Truth and the Life. He declared that He was God’s will in action by saying: He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father … (Joh.. He meets with us and the perfume of His Presence fills our lives. worship the Father. our most precious possession to lay at His feet– we must bring ourselves. 12:3) Just as Mary did. because the Holy Spirit has been given to us (Acts 2). When Jesus walked on the earth. 14:9) I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father hath taught Me. when we kneel at the feet of Jesus our Messiah to praise and worship Him. 43:19 and 21 says: Behold. She replies in verse 15: Sir. nor yet at Jerusalem. We find Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob. It is however. when ye shall neither in this mountain. Ye worship ye know not what. we can worship God in Truth. and has nothing to do with a geographical place or church building.
He often gives us a revelation of His Truth simultaneously. When He reveals Himself to us. with their spirits lifted to God in praise and worship. Just like them. and giving no place to the enemy. a unity in the Spirit. And he said. because we cannot add anything to the Word. WORSHIP is often the starting point. A word of warning here. While Anna was worshipping God and waiting upon Him in the temple. 9:38) God revealed Himself through the healing. His plans and love for us. Lord I believe. (Joh. causing us to worship Him. As an example we use the case of Anna in Luke chapter 2. she gave thanks likewise unto the Lord. The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. But this revelation is always in line with Scripture. we also need revelation from our Living God. singing praises in spirit and in truth! They worshipped Him. Moses and Job. the power of the Spirit is awakened in us and the enemy must flee! In James 4:7 we read: Therefore submit to God. Sinai. and.” (Ex. I start praising and worshipping the Lord.. then instead of our cultural differences being our focal point. Read the whole of Psalm 149.always because He cares for us and wants to bless us. and the Holy Spirit created a new song within them. (Psalm 111 verse 10). The devil hates to hear a child of God praising the Lord! Remember the way in which king Jehoshaphat and the army of Israel advanced on the enemy? I believe that as the people came against the foe. Worshipping God not only brings a revelation of Him. and then Moses worshipped Him. God revealed Himself to Moses in a cloud. but worship brings a joining together. and then the man worshipped Him. When we worship God we draw upon His Life and Power. however – THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT A CALL TO UNITY IN THE NAME OF ECUMENISM! We must never compromise the Truth of God’s Word for the sake unity. our automatic response is to worship Him. Other people who had similar experiences in the Bible were Jeremiah. It is necessary for us to be caught up in the wonder of His Person as we worship Him. breaks the chains that bind us and liberates us so that our thoughts can be taken captive by Jesus Christ. As they ministered to the Lord. and that is found in the Gospel and the doctrines of Jesus Christ as proclaimed in the Bible. There are times when the natural result of worship is a revelation. It is essential that we are awed by His power and have a vision of His holiness and glory if we want to be used by Him. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. He revealed a lot about Jesus to her.. And Moses bowed his head toward the earth. after he had been questioned by the Pharisees and banned from the synagogue. because when she saw the baby Jesus in the temple. we are bound together in one accord. “When Moses climbed to the top of Mt. When we perceive God. God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. but it is more likely that a revelation will lead to worship. His Word. they were truly in one accord. we look at Jesus and He becomes the focal point of our JOINT attention. the Lord came down in a cloud and stood by Moses and proclaimed the Name of the Lord. whether it be through His Word or by the manifestation of His power. Jesus found him and told him that HE was the Son of God. And he worshipped Him. praising Him for His greatness. There is only one truth. and the man reacted by worshipping Him. After submitting myself to God. Luke 2:38. Let us look briefly at a few results of the ministry of praise and worship. nor can we remove anything from it. the enemy was defeated! . As we praise and worship with other believers. He revealed His secrets to her. 22:3) and while we praise and worship Him. 34:5 and 8) Jesus healed the man who was blind from birth. The enemy flees through praise and worship. There is power in praise and worship that pushes back the powers of darkness. and worshipped. While we are worshipping Jesus in togetherness we are drawn closer to Him and to one another. and spoke of Him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
for we read in 2 Kings 18:4 that 900 years later Israel was still worshipping and burning incense to images of serpents. Men often turn from the True Life which is found in the simplicity of the Gospel. quenching the Holy Spirit and making the power of God of none effect. It is up to us to allow the very life of God. Thus we see that the people of Israel had fallen into the trap of worshipping the instrument God had used. as the Scripture hath said. religious rituals or any other thing above the . But this spoke He of the Spirit. with the message of hope in the Gospel. so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened. choose to cling to their idols and religious traditions. Jesus is the LIFE. (Acts 16:26) Praise and worship opens our prison doors by the power of God! We are vessels for the life and power of God in this dark world in which we live. and life more abundantly. to flow through us to reach the unsaved. instead of worshipping God Himself. to a form of godliness and ritual which is powerless. and they were free. a royal priesthood. But Israel forgot about the LIFE and kept on looking at the image. which is that Jesus came to this world and died to give us eternal life. they were healed. out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. and as we come to Him and drink. The Word tells us in Isaiah 55 verse 9 that God’s ways are higher than man’s ways and thoughts. His life flows through us and draws others unto Him. and drink! He that believeth on Me. 7:37 to 39) Worshipping God keeps us spiritually balanced. They sang praises to the Lord in jail. and everyone’s bands were loosed. legalistic. and He opened the prison doors. We find this is true even today. when he looketh upon it. We often point a finger at the Pharisees because they were so unfulfilled in their religiosity. methods. a holy nation. and this is a great responsibility! We are a “chosen generation. He has made us His ambassadors in this wicked world. shall live. (Numbers 21:8) At that stage the LIFE of God flowed through the image of the serpent and when the people looked at it. Let us not be guilty of the same thing! Right throughout the course of history we see God using men as vessels of His power. that (we) may proclaim the praises of Him who called (us) out of darkness into His marvellous light. which they that believed on Him should receive. He gives us power to overcome every circumstance and difficulty we face. religious ways and did not recognise their Messiah. let him come unto Me. God instructed Moses to make a copper snake and exhibit it on a pole. It is important however. by His Holy Spirit in us. His own special people. and have the right set of values and priorities. that we focus our attention more on the Person of God than upon His blessings. If any man thirst. 1 Peter 2:9. and which is given to us by the Holy Spirit. We must guard against the worshipping of a certain ministry or denomination where you may have received a special blessing from the Lord – remember God is very jealous of the praise of His people and no man or ministry may take His glory! Whenever we exalt revelations. until King Hezekiah had them all cut down. (Joh. When the people of Israel were bitten by poisonous serpents according to Numbers chapter 21. instead of worshipping HIM! When Jesus came they chose to keep to their ritualistic. His life flows into us. And suddenly there was a great earthquake. It helps us to see our lives in the right perspective. and in 1 Corinthians 3 verse 19 Paul says that the wisdom of the world is foolishness with God. Every one that is bitten. What a challenge for us! We have been chosen to reach out to a lost and suffering humanity. As we praise and worship Him. God’s ways are completely different to man’s ways. but it is a tragedy that so often those who are called.Think of Paul and Silas when they were flogged and put in prison because they preached the Gospel and exorcised a demon from a young girl. When we are obedient to Him. They worshipped everything ABOUT God.
and dwelt (tabernacled) among us. dancing and praise.” (John 7:3738). Most Biblical scholars agree that it was during the time of the feast of Tabernacles that Jesus was born. I believe that is why Jesus said: Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. music. It is fulfilling. it lasts seven days (and eight days if the Feast of Ingathering is included). our lives will be continually enriched by Him.) full of grace and truth. Therefore there is one theme and one them alone which permeates the entire Feast of Tabernacles during the 7 days of the feast. Shavuoth in Hebrew) and The Feast of Tabernacles or Booths (also known as the feast of the harvest Lev. Praise requires complete personal freedom. colour. 23:33). but in addition to them. The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost in Greek. AND FOR THY PLEASURE THEY ARE CREATED. Jesus stood and cried: “If anyone thirsts. It is exuberant. Praise is worshipping with “every fibre of our being. O LORD. because that is our strength.Lord. It is a physical manifestation. TO RECEIVE GLORY AND HONOUR AND POWER: FOR THOU HAST CREATED ALL THINGS. It is expressive. resounding with a sense of victory. the best and most of food. as the water ceremony reached its climax. we are not trying to show how religious or righteous we are as Christians. . It is the ultimate festival on God’s calendar. Praise is realising that we have abandoned everything to the Lord and we are totally at His pleasure. On the 7th day of the Feast. This is a glorious time. of satisfaction in His presence and of total reliance upon Him for provision. Those who celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles have a sense of oneness with the Lord – of delighting in Him fully and completely. and are therefore without the true LIFE of God in our lives. as the Scripture has said. You can never love the Lord too much! You can never spend too much time in His Presence! You can never praise and worship Him too much! THOU ART WORTHY. out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. we are actually WORSHIPPING these things.15:6) However if we put Him first and worship and serve Him above everything else. and we will be vessels through which He can bless many others. (Matt. and that theme is PRAISE! Praise to the Most High God for who He is the eternal I AM. (Rev. Almighty God of Heaven and earth! Praise for His magnificent deeds on our behalf! Praise for the promises He will fulfil in our lifetime! Praise to Jesus for all that He is in our lives today all He has done for us on the cross! How shall we rejoice? Let’s recognise that praise is voiced. and evokes greater celebration. let him come to Me and drink. and this is idolatry! We become dead to the voice of the Holy Spirit as we cling to lifeless forms of worship. The Feast of Tabernacles is the “Feasts of Feasts”. 4:11) CHAPTER SEVEN A PRAISE CELEBRATION THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES God’s feasts are described in detail in Leviticus 23 and they are The Feast of Passover (Pesah). greater abundance. it is a COMMAND of God the Father that we MUST be glad and joyful particularly at this timel! God knows that it is needful for His people to celebrate and rejoice at given times. because the focus must be upon Jesus. fame. fellowship. Jesus celebrated the feast of Tabernacles and we read in John chapter 7 that He made some of the most profound and far reaching statements of His entire earthly ministry while attending the Feast in Jerusalem. (and we beheld His glory. not upon ourselves. It requires centring in on Jesus – with no thought for self. He who believes in Me. the glory of the only begotten of the Father. We read in John 1 verse 14: And the Word (Jesus) was made flesh. happy. fortune or future. Neither are we in fear of losing our reputations. Many believe that it is most likely to be during the time of this special feast of the Lord that Jesus will return! These two events are sufficient reason alone for us to rejoice and to celebrate.” When we praise the Lord.
It requires no great skill in singing or praying. Praise cannot be contained. It is spontaneous. denomination. worship and adore Him…. 24:9); Sing aloud on their beds (Psalm 149:5) Praise is an utterance. It is Judah who led in battle. It is the most basic form of communication. or group. read and sing praises anyway! This is a . harp. But the very nature of praise is a loud joyous celebration. keep praise music filling your mind. trumpet. Tim. stringed instruments. The feast of Tabernacles. Those individuals who personally dwell in a “Succoth of praise” will have their mind “stayed on God” and the promise to them is perfect peace. Even though these simple praise expressions may not “sound right” to you at first. (Ps. keep praising! It is always pleasing to the Lord. record or tape – in your home and car. It is never done in silence. begin to make up your own songs to the Lord. Jesus is always central to our praise.Body language is the foundation for our verbal expressions. (And you’ll have all eternity to improve!) Also sing in your personal prayer language given by the Holy Spirit. It is a celebration that can reign in the hearts of any believers any place they find themselves on the earth during the coming years. You may sit silently in His presence with awe. 2:8); Bow before Him. It is a festival that cannot be boxed in. (Revelation 5:12) Praise is an attitude and an action. God has desired from the beginning that the leaders of His chosen people on the earth would be people whose mouths were filled to overflowing with praise. unrehearsed outbreaks of rejoicing. This may mean adding a simple melody to a psalm that you have memorised. Your community or church group can keep the Feast.. As you go about your daily activities. It may mean taking a praise expression. Sing in the Spirit for a while. high sounding cymbals. 14:15) Even when you don’t feel like praising the Lord. the name “Judah” – from which the word Jews comes – means “praise to God. Praise is often accompanied by music. (Ps. loud cymbals. is a much larger celebration than any one church group… or denomination… or nationality. Praise is for EVERYONE. flutes. labelled. and then sing in your own language for a while. 95:6); Lift up your heads all ye people of the Lord…. Praise is for you! And because praise is first and foremost a personal matter. and shelved as belonging to any particular place. In fact. Isaiah 26 verse 3. Create a “dwelling space” of praise around you! With an attitude of praise. (1 Cor. Sing along! Memorise the words and quote them aloud as unto the Lord as you go about your daily chores. also known as Succoth. with singer and dancers leading the way. such as “hallelujah”. Praise is for today. timbrel. It is Judah that was the tribe encamped at the entrance to the Tabernacle of Moses. (Psalm 8:2) Praise reaches your very soul. Read praise worship at the time of the Psalmist: lute. Your family can keep the Feast. Praise can come from any vessel yielded to the Lord. “hosanna”. You don’t need to be concerned about making up lines that rhyme. celebrated” in the Hebrew language. Become accustomed to hearing the sound of our own voice lifted in praise. such as the following: Clap your hands all ye people … (Ps. you can rest assured that you can keep the Feast of Tabernacles in your own heart no matter what those around you maybe doing. Any melody and any words you choose can be a praise offering to the Lord. You don’t need to be worried about musical composition. and God loves our physical expressions of worship unto him. even though it may be an unknown activity in the rest of your nation. 47:1); Shout unto God unto the Lord….. even if nobody else in the neighbourhood understands. (1 Tim. Praise overcomes the enemy. or “praise the Lord” and adding a line of melody to it. It is also an atmosphere that you can create around yourself.. Praise frees us in our personalities and in our relationships with others. You may have quiet times for meditation. Have it playing by radio.
4. We can also trust Him to provide in us the fruits of His nature as we work and glean in His fields. that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish. Above all we can trust in the fact that Jesus does not change…. REPENT: I (Jesus) tell you. but have everlasting life (John 3:16) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus. We praise Him for our protection.today…. We can also trust God to provide the spiritual nourishment that we require – to give us fellowship. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. water.time for absolute obedience. so let us be glad. and come short of the glory of God (Rom. ACKNOWLEDGE: For all have sinned. On the natural level. neither does the Word of God. with great assurance and trust. As believers in the Lord Jesus today. Nay: but. Satan. 55:7) Just to be sorry about your sin is not enough.yesterday…. and as we celebrate the feast of tabernacles each year.. and rejoice. clothing. (Rom. 2. and the unrighteous man his thoughts. We must desire to forsake it forever.. except ye repent. for His Bride. and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Joh. 1:9) …. but it will accomplish that which it is meant to do. food. He provided for the children of Israel in the wilderness. and let him return unto the Lord … for He will abundantly pardon (Is. We praise Him for His promises. which are yea and amen. We praise the Lord in remembrance of what He has done for us. access to His Word. We can trust Him to provide safety for us and our families. 3. and refreshment in His Holy Spirit. We have the name of Jesus to use in withstanding our enemy. LEAVE: Let the wicked forsake his way. that He gave His only begotten Son. and shalt believe in thine heart . We can trust Him to provide ways to escape the plagues and pestilences that now exist. let us make a quality decision to become a praising people! CHAPTER 8 HOW TO BE BORN AGAIN AND A CHILD OF GOD 1. freedom from disease and shelter we need during the coming years. the feeling of love for Jesus and His joy for you will overcome you and wash away the anxiety and cares you feel. The Feast of Tabernacles speaks prophetically of the return of Jesus. and be converted. our Messiah returning. rely on His unfailing promises.forever! Hebrews 13 verse 8. He will do for us as His children. and because He never changes. ye shall all likewise perish (Luke 13:3) Repent ye therefore. because we can trust God to protect us both naturally and supernaturally. Jesus is the Living Word. and then with His Second Coming in triumph. Their shoes did not wear out. nor will it return unto Him void. Isaiah 55 verse 11. 3:23) God be merciful to me a sinner! (Luke 18:13) In the light of God’s Word you must acknowledge that you are a sinner. BELIEVE: For God so loved the world. firstly. clothing and health. You can. 10:10) Confess your sins before God. water. 5. and what He did for them. We need only to read Psalm 91 in order to take courage from God’s promised protection. We praise Him for His provision. as King of kings and Lord of lords. As you read and sing. because His Word is forever established and He assures us that He and His Word are one. with the Rapture. With the mouth confession is made unto salvation. CONFESS: If we confess our sins. Of course. we can know God’s promise of provision in our lives. the ultimate fulfilment of His promise will be the appearance of Jesus. We can be assured that God will never break His Word. that your sins may be blotted out … (Acts 3:19) Realise the ugliness of sin and turn away from it. we too can trust God to provide the food.
FELLOWSHIP: Find a group of bornagain. my Lord and my God. that by His shed blood I have been forgiven and that His Body was mutilated beyond recognition and that by His wounds He purchased healing for me. But as many as received Him. WRITE DOWN: Today’s date. Amen. now that you are a child of God. Lord Jesus. thou shalt be saved (Rom. and his own received Him not. 16:16 Jesus says He who believes and is baptised shall be saved. RECEIVE: He came unto his own. and thank Him for supplying all your needs: physical. PRAY: God is now your Heavenly Father: talk to Him everyday. 8. 13. praise Him for setting you free. Take the reigns of my life: I want to be led by Your Holy Spirit. Remember. I thank You that Jesus Christ is now my Saviour and Lord that I am now Your Child. I acknowledge that I am a lost sinner. WRITE TO US: We will gladly assist you in your continued spiritual growth. to them gave He power to become the sons of God. BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT according to God’s promise in Acts 2:38 & 39 12. my Healer. a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. I now receive you as my Saviour. BE BAPTISED: You are now a child of God. 6. Father. financial and emotional (Philip. even to them that believe on His name. 7. 10:17) Begin everyday by reading a chapter from the Bible then apply God’s instructions in your daily walk with Him. by faith. as you have been obedient to the God’s instructions. your name has been entered into the Book of the Lamb. “Heavenly Father. Mark. Always keep in mind the picture of the coal which is on the fire and glows while it is in contact with the fire. and that He has received you in His Love. . Confess your sins. I ask You to forgive all my sin. 4:19) The following is a prayer which you can use as a guideline. The next step is baptism by full immersion. 10:9) Believe that Jesus Christ delivered you completely at the Cross. and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. but which grows cold and dies if it stays out of the fire too long. now receive Jesus Christ in your heart so that you can have the experience of being born again. Let this always be a confirmation to you that you have dedicated your heart and life to the Living God. 11. tell Him your needs. Please come in and cleanse me. (John 1:11 and 12) You must. I thank You that Jesus died for my sins. I now open the door to my heart and life to You. 9.” 10. on the inside front page of your Bible or next to a scripture verse which has special significance. READ: So then faith cometh by hearing.that God hath raised him from the dead. Resist the devil by pointing him to that particular scripture and date every time he attacks you with doubt and confusion. believing Christians and fellowship with them on a regular basis.
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