August 2010 WHEN IT COMES TO GOD, WE ARE VERBALLY PROFESSING THAT HE IS GOD. First of all praise accelerates answers to prayer, do you know that? Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. A large video collection of Christian Sermons and Audio Books of men greatly used of God, such as: Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Where there is jubilant praise, Satan is paralysed. Spirit, that is the part of us that brings us into the Holy of Holies, brings us into the immediate presence of God - that's where real worship happens, in our spirit. With the whole man. ST. MATTHEW LUTHERAN CHURCH. A good guiding principle for that might be that praise should add to the sense of God's presence and reverence God's presence - but this is a conviction I have: that every generation has had a way of praising God in music and song that is particular to that generation. By Lorene Troyer. Ephesians chapter 5, we are to speak to one another in Psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs making melody in our heart - and it has to be said that this is a means of praise that has been largely lost to the church, apart from the Presbyterian folk: Psalms. Thomas Watson, the puritan, said: 'In praying we act like men, in praising we act like angels' - it's true, isn't it? (the head). "If I hadn't been in gaol, I would have been hunting with you. For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. This is what I want you to see: how is praise expressed? First Samuel 16, you remember that Saul had been displeasing to God - the King, Saul. Mark 12:30 "And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart (that's in here), with all your soul (that's in here somewhere too), with all your mind (that's here), and with all your strength (that's your body)." Praising and worshiping God is sowing to the Spirit. I haven't talked about the ways you can praise God - it's all in your Bible. Now we can often rush, and not allow God's word to settle in our hearts. Father, we pray that the spiritual, surgical work that You have desired to do today in all our hearts will be done, and it will be evidenced not in a contrived, nor a man-inspired volume of praise; but in a heavenly song motivated by the breath of the Spirit in all our hearts, and indeed in this fellowship. Later, after writing it, he told a friend what his experience was in that cloistered room and I'm quoting him: 'It seemed as if heaven came down and filled my soul' - that is the power of praise. But you can't teach God a lesson because He already knows everything. Listen carefully to what I'm saying: let us not be pessimistic or negative, but appraise the great God that we have, and heaven will come down and glory fill our souls. That my whole being may proclaim Sometimes our preferences are just down to our tastes, let me give you an example: there is no more biblical a practice than lifting up holy hands in prayer and praise to God. Hello, anybody home!?! Please ensure that you read the Copyright notice before accessing this site. In other words, if I could put it this way: it is impossible to exaggerate when you're praising God! Now I ask you, and I'm only asking you from Scripture: how can you let the new song break forth if you have a mindset like that? Trials come their way, obstacles come their way, suffering comes their way, but they just keep going. Give Him my all and not just a part; King Jehoshaphat didn't know what to do, so he proclaimed a fast and the people sought the Lord. You ain't gonna get no corn unless you plant the seeds.". Now I don't have time to show you from the New Testament, but there are many examples of how we are exhorted to pray in supplication with thanksgiving, with praise. ILLUS - Do you ever have one of those conversations where you tune out? Find out more about us, ourministry and how to use our site, David Legge ministers in theUnited Kingdom and Ireland, Send us an email or leave a comment via our Guestbook. Stop Complaining And Praise And Worship God - TD Jakes Sermon. We, as Christians, are to bring the fruit of our lips, praise and thanksgiving, to the Lord. So I invest $10,000. Walled Lake, MI 48390. Worship is About the Lord. But you can't tell other people not to! Gal 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. If we just stand there and say, "Well I'll just see if God touches me, then I'll praise and worship Him" - we're not going to get anything. They were instructed early the next morning to go out to see what the Lord had done, and at dawn they marched to the battlefield as though they were going to some religious festival. My mind doesn't always do what I want it to do. My wife yelled at me." You know that bank investment? Handel, who wrote that great piece, 'The Messiah', when he was composing it he barricaded himself into his room and practically neither ate nor slept as he wrote. I'm not talking about flowery terminology and expressions that make newborn believers, lambs in Christ, feel that they can't pray because they can't get the dictionary out the way some people do! Maybe we're singing the words, but thinking something like, "Oh, man, how long are they going keep doing this song? "You made $25,000?" ! Now, the New King James Version translates that: 'Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation'. The whole life of the Christian is to be a psalm of praise to God. And she says, "Zeb, I mean this in the nicest possible way, but you're an idiot - a complete cotton-pickin' fool. When you start praising God that He has promised you something, He's given you a cast-iron guarantee of it in His word, you will accelerate that answer. Well, listen carefully to what I'm saying: more and more as we come closer to the second return of the Lord Jesus Christ, I believe we're going to see an increase in Satanic activity. Praise is like an antidote to the poison of Satanic oppression. It speaks about building a lifestyle of praise and worship. Don't think I don't know what goes on in there - I'm human too. The spirit is the part of us that enters into true worship of God in His holiness, and that will have a knock-on effect on our mind and emotion, our will, our thoughts, our feelings and our actions - but it is expressed, praise is expressed through the body. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying, I also preach in places where all you get is the new, and that's not right either, because there are some older people in the congregation and in their spirit they only know how to praise God through the older hymns, and they are trapped. We read that we enter into His gates through thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise - two degrees of entrance into God's presence: through His gates by thanking Him, and into His very courts. Did not Paul command us to 'rejoice always in the Lord, again I say rejoice'? These verses are telling us that when we praise God, His amazing power is released in the heavenlies. At the end of the year he rings me up and says, "Hey, guess what? He teaches us that our praise … Now listen carefully: you cannot have access without it! ILLUS - There once was a king who went hunting game with his friend. Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Are you experiencing that poison today? If there is sin in your life, you're not going to really want to praise God, are you? Lord, and that other thing that I said that I shouldn't have...' - we start confessing, don't we? This is not psychology, there's more to it than that: praise brings us entrance into God's presence. Why is that? Now, linked to that is another thing that praise does, for not only does praise accelerate prayer and encourage the miraculous and win battles, but praise drives the devil away. We heard a wee bit about it last week from the pulpit here, but it's going to be harder to live as a Christian, particularly in the West. Praise and worship breaks yokes and brings deliverance. The Presence of Worship - Exodus 33 2. Our feelings and our emotions will be toward God in praise, and even our actions will glorify God. Now, I preached on this on the opening night of this building, the dedication of the Temple of Solomon - but I want to refer back to it again, in 2 Chronicles 5. Many Christians do not fully understand what proper praise and worship are, and they do not realize the utmost importance of praise and worship. So I jump on the internet, check my account, and can you believe it, I've only made $2,500? Why do you think that is? The Bible puts it this way: What you sow is what you reap. See more ideas about praise and worship, sermon, praise. It is really to pronounce that a person is worthy of honour, but praise to God is much more than that. You see, and let me make this personal, praise dispels despair and engenders joy. The biblical balance is both the new song, and keeping in touch with our heritage from our past. The power of praise is great, and I think - I hope you agree with me - that we need to really analyse if praise is not as it should be, if we're not blossoming in our soul toward God or in fellowship, we need to find out why. Many-a-time I start in prayer: 'Lord, I'm sorry for doing that there, I shouldn't have done that, I knew it was wrong but I did it, forgive me, cleanse me. Praise can be abused, and there are people who get carried away and abuse praise, and they cast off all restraints and self-control. So when we praise God we are valuing Him, we are esteeming Him, we are estimating His worth. It wins battles, are you facing the enemy? My mind goes off on some other track. First of all: self-centredness. The spiritual Arnies of the church just go through life, "Outta my way devil, I'm coming through.". Verse 38, this is what they said: 'Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest'. We don't do that here'. Let me tell you: conservative evangelicalism in Ulster - and I know - it's full of that type of mindset, and it's unbiblical. Praise is simply expressing esteem for a person, we know that when we praise one another - we are praising their virtues or their accomplishments. The whole life is to be a psalm of praise to God, the whole man and woman is to praise God: spirit, soul and body. Some of you might remember Steve Urkel - skinny, weedy, little black guy, famous for bumbling his way through everything and then asking, "Did I do that?". Is it with the whole person, spirit, soul, and body? Because they make a decision not to let their circumstances or their feelings determine their behaviour. Does Jesus Christ, the Son of God, want excited, exuberant, enthusiastic praise? Then maybe I'll get inspired and I'll plant some corn." Jesus could do the ball thing in His sleep! Now don't misunderstand what I'm saying here today: sometimes tradition gets a bad press, but not all traditions are bad. I don't praise God because I feel like it, I praise Him because He said to, because it's good for me, because when I do He does great things. Do you know what had to happen? I don't really like this modern style music.". Oh, there's plenty for yourself there in the middle, and the Lord started with it in the petitions: 'Give us this day our daily bread' - He's not against that. Copy Sermon to … Worship, Praise Topical Sermon Ideas, Bible Verses and Quotations - Faithlife Sermons Features Pricing Upload Sermon Get … Of praise in every part!'. We do this through our words, through prayer, through songs of praise, and even through acts of adoration before God. Give thanks to Him; bless His name. It is an appraisal of God, and if we could get so taken up with God we wouldn't care who is around us, we wouldn't care what they thought, whether they are impressed or whether they are embarrassed by us. Now I think if you look at church history you'll find out that that's true: every generation has a way of praising God in music and song that is particular to that generation - but here's the punchline, if they can't express it they will feel frustrated and they will feel cheated. The God who created the heavens and the earth, and paid the ultimate price for our souls - that's something to get excited about. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, into His courts with praise - in Isaiah's prophecy, God's gates are called 'Praise', you can read that in Isaiah 60. I'm sure you don't know that the expression 'adoration' derives from an ancient expression that means 'to kiss the hand'. It was praise that brought them into God's presence. It drives the devil away! God-consciousness will cast out self-consciousness. It encourages the miraculous, do you need a miracle? Well, ask yourself how your praise is - is it blossoming? Stop Complaining And Praise And Worship God - TD Jakes Sermon... Post on social media Embed When I talk of exuberant, excited, unrestrained praise of God, I'm not talking about hot air and verbiage - there's a great deal of that in our churches. Understand what I mean, and analyse your own prayers: it's a battle even to get on your knees at times to pray to God, isn't it? He had been anointed of God as King of Israel, but he had been so disobedient, and God was chastising him with an evil spirit. I hope you sense that God has spoken individually and indeed to all of us here. So really, to sum it all up, praising is bringing glory to God: 'Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me', the Psalmist says. When the Christian, the New Testament teaches us, approaches God, he likewise is meant to come with an offering. We do not have to have joy in order to praise, but it is through praising that gets us the joy! The way into God's presence is through praise and thanksgiving. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed' - there's a connection between their praising God, singing, and the miracle! Showing reverence and respect to a dignitary, even today some people still kiss the hand - what we're doing when we praising God is, think of this for a moment, we are kissing the hand of God, that's what praise is! You say, 'How can that be?'. Allison's made honey chicken. She's an awesome cook. You know what? Do you have victory in your life? In Psalm 22 we read that God inhabits the praises of His people. 'Adoration' is another very good word that would sum up what praise really means. Now, if you ask any midwife, they will tell you it's a bad sign when a new-born babe fails to cry. He is required to bring spiritual gifts, offerings, and sacrifices. We can abuse those three things: giving to the poor, fasting and making people know that we are doing it, and praying to God on the street corner and wanting people to think that we are very holy - but that was not used by the Lord to say that you shouldn't give to people who are poor, and you shouldn't fast, and you shouldn't pray; of course not! There's no use my complaining that I've got teeny-weeny little muscles if the heaviest thing I ever lift is a pen. One of the first thing the enemy does when … Let me read it to you, you know what happened, the great manifestation of the Shekinah glory of God in the cloud - but listen: 'It came to pass', it says, 'as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then' - that then - 'the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God'. The man again says "Praise the lord," and the horse starts to gallop. - 'the fruit of our lips'. We were both dysfunctional - especially her. I'm unhappy. When our plants are withering, when growth is waning, when our souls are in winter - by that I mean they are icy cold, they are chilled and dead - then we must discover, rediscover, the power of praise. Well, one great trap against praise is the trap of tradition. But as you press on in faith, something begins to take place in your spirit. What hinders praise? But sometimes when we do get down to prayer, all we pray about is ourselves. I'll tell you this: because God has been invited by their praise, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom and liberty. Now it follows that the less you know about God, the less you'll be able to praise Him - that's where the Bible comes in. Now the reason why the Lord Jesus taught us to pray that way is that praise is a means to accelerate answers to prayer. Many traditions are from the word of God, and they are spoken of as biblical traditions - for instance, Psalm singing is a tradition. I go racing down to the bank, march up to the counter and say, "Hey, what gives? (6) Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, (7) to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; (8) to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; (9) to execute on them the written judgment; this honour have all His saints. Now I know, clever clogs people tell preachers like me after messages like this: 'Oh, God is everywhere, what are you talking about? 'Praise and thanksgiving' - what did Hebrews say? There should be that healthy mix of heritage and new songs, but we must never let the trap of tradition keep our praise in. Besides the steroids, there were years of hard work. © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. They've learned that no matter how bad their week was, the Lord never changes - He is always worthy. Where two or three are gathered, Jesus says, there am I in the midst', and all the rest. Psalm 22:3 (King James Version) 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. If you have a spirit of praise inside you that you cannot express because of the fear of what other people will think of you, you're trapped - that's what the word of God says! For that act of praise and worship, that very expensive alabaster box had to be broken - and I believe in the life of many believers, including myself, there are restraints and restrictions to exuberant worship, we feel the spirit of worship welling up within our souls, but something is confining it in, and that thing, that vase, needs to be shattered that the perfume might arise. Now don't misunderstand me again, I'm not saying that all music and all lyrics are suitable to praising God, they're not. Praise, that's right, drives the devil away! 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