Psalm 66:1-4 (NIV)
Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name
Over these last few weeks, we defined praise and worship. Worship involves more than praise, worship is a lifestyle. Worship builds a connection with Christ. Praise creates an atmosphere for the presence of God. Praise puts God in first place because we turn our sole attention from ourselves to God. We also gained a new understanding of giving God an “anyhow praise,” which is a sacrifice of praise and is the praise we give God from obedience despite how we feel. We learned that praise and worship are necessary tools to continue to sharpen in our toolbox. As we come to a close on this series we are going to explore the importance of understanding that praise and worship are not for entertainment, it’s for spiritual warfare! As our scripture reminds us, that God’s power is so great that his enemies will cringe before him! Thus, when we engage in praise and worship, deliverance occurs, healing takes place, and our enemies stay at bay! When you worship, your situation will be changed before you know it! However, you cannot just worship God when things are not going well in your life. Since praise and worship are for spiritual warfare you have to be prepared to battle! Today, I encourage you to engage in praise and worship in season and out of season, during hard times and great times, and not be afraid to be slain in the holy spirit. I encourage you to not let others be a distractor from truly worshipping God. I encourage you to enter into praise and worship daily, so you can shift your mind and be prepared for spiritual warfare. So, shout! Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name!