Effective Praise Is Confident Praise
Too many times I witness believers struggling all because they fail to praise. Many of us have sung the song Praise Him Praise Him All Ye Little Children from the time we were young, but often we fail to understand the power that lies in the words we sing. I am convinced that one of the most potent substances on the face of this earth is praise. Yet, many believers do not use this precious substance.
There are many places in Scripture where the power of praise is put to use. One such instance is recorded in Second Chronicles chapter twenty, and in this situation, we learn how the power of praise alone won the Children of Israel the battle over their enemy. In Second Chronicles twenty, we meet a king named Jehoshaphat who is praying fervently, because it is looking like his kingdom is doomed. Enemies to the east had invaded Judah’s borders and are now on their way to the Holy City. Jehoshaphat calls for a time of prayer and fasting, and it is on this occasion God begins to speak instructions to the king.
The next morning King Jehoshaphat tells the people, we will meet the enemy today. So the Israelites began to get ready for war. When everyone assembled King Jehoshaphat said, The Lord has given instructions, where’s the choir? The people had to think their king was crazy. Loco en el cabeza!
Jehoshaphat insists that the Lord instructed him to put the singers out in front. The choir was to go forth singing, “Praise the Lord: for His mercy endures forever.” Psalms recounts many great things God did for Israel, and many scholars believe Psalm 136 is the psalm the choir sang that day.
1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2 Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. 3 Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever: 4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His mercy endures forever; 5 To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, For His mercy endures forever; 6 To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, For His mercy endures forever; 7 To Him who made great lights, For His mercy endures forever — 8 The sun to rule by day, For His mercy endures forever; 9 The moon and stars to rule by night, For His mercy endures forever.
The first section of this psalm establishes the power of their praise. Their praise is rooted in their great God Jehovah — His mercy endures forever. Their praise reaffirms their belief that God is the God of gods and the Creator of everything. This is a great application for believers, for our praise to be efficient and robust it must be rooted in our confidence of God. I see many Christ followers praising God knowing that He can do all things — even believing that He will move mightily for someone else, but lacking the confidence the He will move mightily for them. Effective praise is confident praise — confident in God’s ability and His willingness to be involved in the details of your life.