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Praise and Worship Mother Mary, defined praise & worship when she cried out, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior “ (Luke 1:46-47). Mary knew that her natural human instinct wanted to praise because through praise one not only expresses feelings, but completes the enjoyment. Lovers keep on telling each other how beautiful they are not just to compliment one another but because the delight is incomplete till it is expressed. If praise is to be lifted up to God, it must rise from the heart of the worshipper. The magnificat is the most perfect prayer of thanksgiving and praise besides the most precious monument of Mary’s humility. She praises God with all the power of her soul, and gives glory to him alone. Praise and Worship - Why Should We do it? We praise and worship the trium God for what he has done and for who he is. We praise him for his "acts of power" and we praise him for his "surpassing greatness." There are many reasons and examples of miracles both from the bible and at various retreat centers that can be attributed to praise and worship. Some of these are: a) Hopeless Situations Turned Around In Acts of the apostles chapter 16 we find that Paul and Silas were arrested and thrown in jail for preaching the gospel and for casting the demon (devil) out of a woman. "About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God." (Acts 16:25) Imagine the situation two of them had been beaten and they were sitting there with bruises, but at midnight they were praying and singing hymns to God. If we were there in such a situation our response would be, "Oh, God, why did you allow us to be imprisoned? What wrong did we do?” and spent our time fretting and fuming about the situation and the problem. Maybe even Saint Paul didn't know why he was there, but being filled with the holy spirit he decided, "I'm going to bless God. I'm going to worship and praise Him." And the Lord came on the scene. "suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's chains were unfastened." (Acts 16:26) That was the power of God being manifested because in the midst of their tribulation they began to sing praises and worship God. Many times in our lives we will find that things that we do not understand are made clear when we begin to enter into the presence of God in praise and worship. He will turn our hopeless situations around. One might have a terrible illness or perhaps are financially bankrupt, but when one begins to praise and worship the Lord, God comes on the scene and our chains of bondage and problems fall off. b) Problems and Enemies Defeated In 2 Chronicles 20: The children of Israel were being attacked and didn't know what to do. Their army wasn't well equipped or big enough. They were not ready to fight so King Jehoshaphat sought God, and the spirit said, "Do not fear or be dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours but God's." So they went praising the Lord, God of Israel with a very loud voice and to sleep. The next day they got up ready to fight the battle. "They rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, 'Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established. Believe his prophets.' "When he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy splendor, as they went before the army saying, 'Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.' As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the Ammonites, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come against Judah; so that they were routed." 2Chron 20:20-22 Similarly in Joshua 6 we find the walls of Jericho were conquered with a strange strategy. God simply said “I want all Israel to get up once a day for six days and march around the walls once and on the seventh day march seven times. The priest will blow the Ram’s horn and when they hear the horn then they should shout.” They did this and the walls came down. Archeological survey conducted in 1997 has proved that every thing the bible said about the walls of Jericho was true. “By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days” (Heb 11:30) Some of us believe that when we have a problem all we need to do is pray about it and after God answers our prayer then we tell him thank you. This is true but there are times when you have prayed every prayer you know to pray the wall is still there. There are some things you can’t pray your way through, you just have to praise your way through. Some of us when we get through praying and nothing is happening we just give up and go home saying that there is nothing else to do. But the lord says yes you do. When you stop praying then you start praising. Something happens when we praise God. It gets our mind off of your problems and our circumstances and it puts our mind totally on Him. c) Healing and Deliverance Saul was a mighty man of God. He was the first king of Israel, but he began to compromise and let fear creep into his life. He began to disobey God. I Samuel 16:14 says, "Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. And Saul's servants said to him, 'See now, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord now command your servants who attend you to look for someone who is a skillful in playing the lyre; and when the evil spirit from God is upon you, he will play it and you will feel better." So Saul agreed and they found David, a "skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech and a handsome man; and the Lord is with him. "And whenever the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand; and Saul would be relieved and feel better, and the evil spirit would depart from him." When we begin to compromise, tormenting spirits are going to bring fear and destruction into our life. There are many people who are tormented by fear. They have a fear of failure or a fear of sickness and disease. The Bible teaches very clearly that fear is an evil spirit. When we begin to enter into the presence of God, these types of spirits don't want to hang around. They want to get as far away from you as they possibly can. So when we begin to lift your voice and praise and worship God, the devil is bound to come out very soon. We have seen this many times at Divine Retreat Centers. When the presence of the Lord gets really heavy, some people start to get restless and will do anything to get out of the prayer hall. If you sense such a feeling in your life to get out when the presence of God begins to fall, you need to resist the devil, because he is trying to keep you from worshiping God. During high praise and worship one meets the creator and our life is going to be changed. Godly music brings anxiety on the devil. It torments him. He hates to hear the name of Jesus glorified. Thus when we begin to praise the name of the Lord, it drives away those contrary spirits that can control our life. One can be healed by somebody laying hands on them, praying for them or speaking the Word of God to them. But one can also be healed just by worshiping God. It happens as one releases their faith, pouring out what is inside of them and worshiping the Lord. d) Building on the Word The whole point of praise and worship is to prepare you to receive the Word of God. God wants every one of us to hear what the Holy Spirit has to say. "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like the wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24). God wants His word to be productive in your life. He wants each one of us to take a new and positive step in our praise and worship life. The Bible teaches very clearly that God dwells in, inhabits, is enthroned upon the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). If one wants to touch God and receive a touch from Him, it is necessary to have a life of praise and worship. Worship is an expression of awe, submission, and respect toward God. God is redirecting our attention to what is important - and it's Him. He made us to glorify Him. And people are empowered when they worship. Our heart's desire should be to worship God; we have been designed by God for this and if we don't worship him, we'll worship something or someone else. Does God need our help, love, and praise? Does God need our help, love, and praise because he is lonely, and we are an important piece of the puzzle for him to be fulfilled within himself? No, God is perfect, complete, and entirely self- existent. St. Paul addressed this issue in Athens in his debate with philosophers who believed God needed the world. Disagreeing, St. Paul pointed out that God is the creator of the world and is "not served by human hands, as though he needed anything" (Acts 17:25). St. Paul believed that God has no inner unmet needs because he is the source of all things. Mathematically God minus the world equals God, but the world minus God equals zero. Praise and Worship - The How ? True worship is felt inwardly, and then comes out through our actions. "Going through the motions" out of obligation is unpleasing to God, and is done completely in vain. Sirach 15:9 “Praise is unseemly on the lips of a sinner, for it has not been sent from the lord”. He can see through all the hypocrisy. A powerful example of this is the story of Cain and Abel, the first sons of Adam and Eve. They both brought gift offerings to the Lord, but He was only pleased with Abel's. Cain brought the gift out of obligation. Abel brought his finest lambs from his flock out of true faith and admiration for God. Bible is replete with ways to Praise and Worship the Lord. In fact the Book of Psalms is called, in Hebrew, the Book of Praises .“Psalm 47:1 “Clap your hands for joy. Praise god with loud songs.” Ps 150:4 “Praise him with tambourine and dance” Sirach 43:30 “summon all your strength” Worship - The Heart of David As far as worship, King David was a phenomenal example for all of us. He had a pure and grateful heart towards God and worshipped Him with the entirety of his being. Many of the Psalms reflect David's passionate heart for worship. "It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night" (Psalm 92:1-2). I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised… (Psalm 18:3). Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable (Psalm 145:3). David was a man after God's own heart, because he truly glorified God in his heart! We need to emulate David when we praise and worship.
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