“Engaging the heart”
PRAISE CHANGES YOUR CLIMATE, IT POSITIONS YOU, AND IT PRECEEDS VICTORY AND IT BREAKS LIMITATIONS!
THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS A LIFESTYLE OF PRAISE.
1. PRAISE IS DONE WITH THE MOUTH – LIPS… A SOUND…
Ps 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
KJV Heb. 13:15 by him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
PRAISERS MOVE INTO A FLOW THAT OTHERS WON’T
GOD’S STRATEGIES DON’T ALWAYS LOOK PRACTICAL! Ex. Jericho
Ps 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, 7 to execute vengeance on the nations
2. WE PRAISE WITH OUR HEARTS
Psa. 9:1 I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
Psa. 86:12 With all my heart I will praise you, o Lord my God.
I will give glory to your name forever,
Psa 111:1 Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly.
THE HEART (SPIRIT) MUST BE ENGAGED.
THE SOUL THAT’S FULL OVERFLOWS WITH JOYFUL PRAISE!
Ex. KING DAVID…
2 Samuel 6:14-16, David danced before the Lord with all his might.
Michal saw him leaping, and dancing before the lord. Despised him
Vs 20-22 “I will play before the Lord”
3. WE PRAISE HIM WITH OUR POSTURE
A. WITH HANDS –
Psa. 134:2 Lift your hands in holiness, and bless the lord.
Psa 141:2 Let my prayer be set before you as incense,
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Psa. 28:2 Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.
Psa. 63:1 O god, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. 3 Your unfailing love is better to me than life itself; how I praise you! 4 I will honor you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. 5 You satisfy me more than the richest of foods. I will praise you with songs of joy.
KJV PSA. 134:1 Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord. 2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.
1Tim. 2:8 So wherever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.
POSTURES OF PRAISE; STANDING, BOWING, LYING PROSTRATE.