It's Amazing What Praising Can Do
It is amazing what praising can do. And I'd like for you to turn please to Psalm 147. Psalm 147 begins with a command - not a suggestion, not a request, but indeed an exhortation that should be taken as a divine direction for every blood-bought child of God. It says, ''Praise ye the Lord.'' Just turn to it and let's look at it. We're going to read the first two verses here of Psalm 147 under the title, ''It Is Amazing What Praising Can Do.''
''Praise ye the Lord, for it is good to sing praises unto our God. For it is pleasant and praise is comely.'' Now the idea of the word COMELY here is that praise is always appropriate. It always fits in in any situation. ''The Lord doth build up Jerusalem. He gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars. He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord and great power. His understanding is infinite. The Lord lifteth up the meek and casteth the wicked down unto the ground. Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving. Sing praise upon the harp unto our God, who covereth the heavens with a cloud, who prepares rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beasts his food and to the young ravens which cry. He delighteth not in the strength of the horse, he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him and in those that hope in His mercy. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem. Praise thy God, O Zion.''
I'm going to stop right there and I'm going to say something that may surprise you, but it is a fact. The Bible puts more emphasis upon praise than it does upon prayer. Now we all know the importance of prayer. As a matter of fact, prayer is the life and breath of the Christian. But if we take prayer to mean that we are asking things from God, petitioning things from God, and that's literally what the word PRAYER me ...
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