THOUGHTS ON THE POWER OF PRAISE by Donna Keck
There is power in praise and worship, but it must be a reflection of what abides within our hearts every day. The power of praise is released as we come into the presence of God! He will honor us with His presence, but sometimes we must be willing and care enough to wait patiently before Him. “I waited patiently for the Lord: He turned to me and heard my cry. He put a song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” (Psalm 40:1,3a).
So often we begin to praise the Lord, we begin to enter into His presence, then we just “shut it off” without allowing the anointing of His precious Holy Spirit—the tangible presence of God—the freedom to accomplish all that He desires and the purposes of our praise to him. Many times we are just so concerned about staying with the order of our “program” that we tend to forget that the Holy Spirit is always in order. We should never rush the Holy Spirit, whether it is during a time of praise and worship in a church service, or our time alone with Him, but we should yield our hearts unto him, and wait in His presence–be quiet before him. “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” (Isaiah 64:4).
A praise and worship service is an opportunity for us to express our attitude of praise—the response of our hearts. We should continually be mindful of what He has done for us—“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10). “…God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). Let us pray for a greater revelation of the effects and impact of our continual sacrifice of praise to our Lord Jesus Christ, and offer unto Him all that we have to give—our praise. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9).