Thanksgiving expresses gratitude to God while acknowledging Him as our all in all, which in turn invites His presence to dwell in us. Often following closely on the heels of Thanksgiving is Praise. It is difficult to truly thank God without praising Him for all that He is and does. As we invite His presence with our thanksgiving, our praise prepares room or accommodation for the Most High, which He finds most pleasing as we see in Psalm 22:3, “But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” (NKJV). The KJV says the God inhabits the praises of His people, as in He actually dwells in the accommodation of our praise – WOOW!!!
No wonder the Bible exhorts us multiple times to Praise the Lord! God hears those wonderful declarations of His greatness, awesomeness, power, beauty, majesty, glory, kindness, faithfulness and holiness and He smells a sweet smelling savor that just draws Him in – Halleluyah!
When Moses was instructing the Israelites with God’s commandments and encouraging them to fear the Lord and serve Him, this is what he said about God: “He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” (Deuteronomy 10:21, NKJV).
As God inhabits our praises, He becomes our praise and begins to manifest those amazing things we’re honoring Him for in our lives – Double WOOW! Do we need victory over the enemy? Praise the King of Glory, the Lord Strong and Mighty, the Lord Mighty in battle, who vanquishes our foes and delivers our souls as birds from the snare of the fowler. Do you need financial breakthrough? Praise JEHOVAH JIREH, the Lord our Provider. How about peace? Praise JEHOVAH SHALOM, and well – you get the picture.
The confession is in our mouth and what an awesome weapon it is. Thank you, Jesus for this awesome privilege. PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 Chronicles 20:14-24 – The Power of Praise on Display
14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.
20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
“Praise the Lord,
For His mercy endures forever.”[c]
22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.