We must come to understand that praise is not just for Sunday morning for twelve minutes. If we will choose to live for Jesus our whole life can be as praise to the Lord. When you take God’s Word by faith and repeat it back to Him, you are offering Him praise. When you forgive people who don’t deserve it, you offer the sacrifice of praise. One day, I was praying and seeking the Lord for what I was to teach at a Bible study, the Lord gave me a “nugget”. It was a revelation that I began to chew on. I thanked Him and began to praise Him. In a very short time that nugget became a feast. I began to praise Him even more than before. Then He said this to me:
“When you thank Me and praise Me, I will multiply your morsel.”
I began to ponder what He spoke to me. It sounded good and I knew there was more to it than what I first heard. All four of the Gospels give the account of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five loaves and two fishes. Jesus did something that activated that miracle that we could all learn from.
John 6:11And Jesus took the loaves and when He had given thanks, He distributed to the disciples and the disciples to them that were set down: and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
Jesus was given a morsel and when He thanked and praised the Father the Lord multiplied His morsel. What will God do for you when you commit to thanking and praising Him for everything? When a man is grateful for what he has, God can begin to multiply it.
Psalm 22:3 But you art holy, O You that inhabits the praises of His people.
Inhabit ~dwell~remain~settle-in~tarry~keep house~continue~sit down~ or judge.
The word, inhabit, is not just a spiritual mystery term. It describes God’s position in the life of a praiser. If we commit to a life of praise, God will commit to a life of His manifested presence. We can meet God at the church house and then take Him with us. We can take Him wherever He will lead us! Where God hears His name being praised He knows He will be welcomed there. As long as he is offered praise, He will remain in that place.
Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
If we are to bless the Lord at all times, then it doesn’t matter what is going on. Whether times be good or times be evil, it’s always the right time to bless the Lord.
I think the best praise we can offer our Lord is when we don’t “feel” like doing it. Praise is not a state of mind. Praise, no matter the circumstances, requires faith. God and God alone deserves all of our praise and He is receptive twenty-four-seven. Got praise? Yes! If you want it, you got it. Don’t keep it to your self, offer it to the one who deserves it.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.