The Power of Praise

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by Rev. Samuel D. Geroy

   Praise is one of the highest functions of man which he lost when he sinned. When we praise someone we acknowledge his superiority and we learn contentment upon recognition of that truth. When we sin we desire the praise that is not ours.

    Praise then is a redeemed sinner’s highest achievement. It is also one of the highest components of his worship. We cannot worship without giving praise and thanksgiving to the object of our worship. One who has not learned to praise God has accomplished nothing worthwhile. A man who has not experienced the joy of praise has not felt the true height of joy.

    Praise is very powerful. It settled the battle of Jericho before it began in 1400 B.C. (Joshua 5, 6). Praise led to the defeat of the Ammonites, Moabites, and Meunites without Israel having to draw their swords during the time of King Jehoshaphat and King Asa his father in 820 B.C. as recorded in 2 Chronicles 20.

    The Samaritan leper in Luke 17:17, 18 was healed by the Lord Jesus Christ and then praised God. The churches in the New Testament were full of thanksgiving, 1 Corinthians 1:2, Ephesians 1:3, Philippians 1:5, Colossians 1:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 2 Thessalonians 1:4, 2 Timothy 1:5 and 1 Peter 1:3.

    These things teach us that we must be thankful to the Lord for all blessings and benefits. The benefits even include troubles and challenges of life. Such attitude is a great achievement that will prepare every believer for life in the kingdom of God and for appreciation of the Lord’s wonderful plan for His life.