Understanding the power of praise and worship

By Evangelist Ayo Olatunji

"Behold, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you; I will save the lame, and gather those who were driven out; I will appoint them for praise and fame in every land where they were put to shame." Zephaniah 3: 19 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Revelation 4: 7-11, John 9: 24, Psalms 133: 1, Psalms 135: 2-5, 1 Chronicles 16: 29, Psalms 29: 2, Psalms 100: 2-3, John 10: 10, Malachi 2: 1, Colossians 3: 15-17, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16, Philippians 4: 6, John 6: 11, Romans 4: 20, Psalms 100: 2-4, Psalms 64: 3, Psalms 50: 23, Ephesians 5: 18-19, 2 Chronicles 20: 22, Ephesians 5: 19-20, 1 Chronicles 10: 10, Proverbs 10: 25, 1 Timothy 6: 6, Psalms 143: 6, Psalms 95: 6-7, John 4: 20-24, 1 John 1: 5-6, Isaiah 29: 13, 1 Thessalonians 5: 33, Psalms 95: 1-7.

Praise is our response to God for what he has done, what he is doing and for what he is going to do. It is glorifying God. We are created to give him praise.

There are 3 categories of angels; Angel Micheal who goes for war, Angel Gabriel who is the messenger and Angel lucifer who was for praise and worship.Whether you like it or not, you are in a war. Life is for soldiers. An evil adversary exists! To deny the existence of the evil one is to deny the bible in itself.

In genesis, he was the snake, in revelation, he was the dragon. What the devil is after is "that life". You can have a life but not be living. The reason why you are created is to worship, praise and thank God. There is a difference between all three. Worship relates to God's holiness. The bottom line of thanksgiving is appreciation.

Attributes of thanksgiving:

- It is the will of God.

- It is an expression of the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Why do we thank God?

- It is the protocol of heaven.

- It validates other forms of praised.

- It is the key to unlocking the miraculous.

- It is an expression of our faith in God.

- It sets a seed of already received blessings.

Attributes of praise:

⁃ it's the appropriate way we relate to God.

⁃ It guarantees access to God.

⁃ It opens the way for a God to intervene for On our behalf.

⁃ Praise is weapon of spiritual warfare 

⁃ It is beautiful unto God

⁃ The ministry of predestination is in praise

Qualification for praise:

1. Come to God without an achiever's mentality.

2. Be thankful.

Disqualification for praise:

1. Murmuring and complains

2. The spirit of heaviness.

3. Discontentment.

4. Holding onto the past & negative events.

5. Offences.

Worship is the end purpose of gospel and history. Worship is about the total submission. The right way to worship God is in spirit and in truth.

Result for worship:

⁃ You hear God's voice 

⁃ You enter into a place of rest and total quietness.