What Praise Does for the Christian

Here are five benefits of praising God in stressful situations:

Praising God, Meditating on God’s Word, Fearing or Reverencing Him, and Obeying His Commandments brings spiritual health to our minds and body.

• Meditating (thinking on or contemplating) God’s Word walks hand-in-hand with praising
God, along with reverencing and obeying His Word (John 14:15). In Isaiah 40:29-31 God
tells us, “He (God) gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases
strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall,
BUT those that WAIT (think and meditate) on the Lord, shall renew their strength; they
shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and
not faint.”

• When we meditate on and memorize Scripture, this gives us new material to use in
praising God. We should turn Scripture into prayers. We must thank God for and repeat
your Scripture verses to the Lord in praising before you give Him requests.

In Psalm 103:1-5, the word “bless” means to praise and remember what God has done for us. The benefits of praise are found in verses 2-18. God “forgives our iniquities (selfishness), He heals our diseases and redeems our life from destruction, who crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed…the Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities…So great is His mercy toward those who fear (or reverence) Him…the Lord pities those who fear Him. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting on those who fear Him…” (2 Timothy 1:9).

Praising God builds our faith. When we remember who God is or what He has done for us, our faith will be increased and our feet will be set on the “solid rock” (Jesus Christ—1 Corinthians 10:4; cf. Matthew 7:24 -25).

Praising brings deliverance. In Psalm 40: 1-3 God tells us how our faith should persevere through trials. “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” The first two verses refer to are bad circumstances in life. Praise helps us to soar like the eagle above those trials of life and bring deliverance from fear, worry, tension, etc. Praising during trials brings spiritual strength to our mind, heart, and soul (Isaiah 40:28-31).

Praising brings inward freedom. In Acts 16:25-26 is a picture of how God can deliver us in our mind amid severe affliction. We may still be under pressure of illness or accident, but God can bring peace and comfort (2 Corinthians 1) amid these trials through praise.

Praising helps us to not “forget all His (God’s) benefits” (Psalm 103: 2). Memorizing this Psalm will encourage us to remember we have a mighty God who loves us, will always be with us in trials, and will strengthen us. What are some of these benefits?

Forgiveness of sin (Psalm 103:3);
Recovery from sickness (verse 3);
Deliverance from death (verse 4);
Abundant loving kindness and mercy (verse 4);
Food to sustain life (verse5).

Praise is one of a Christian’s offensive weapons for spiritual warfare. If you are down in the depths of despair, climb out by reading, meditating on, and applying God’s Word to your life. The book of Psalms is a great place to start.

The Mighty Hand of God Almighty works in the lives of anyone who has a personal relationship with Him. Many Christians don’t take the time to look for it or they don’t think to consider that He is interested in each individual’s life to the point of protecting, and guiding each of His children.

A combination of praise of who God is and what He has done for us, along with memorizing and meditating on the Word of God, coupled together and woven in each fiber of our life is an invincible combination that Satan with his angelic demons would not be able to pierce.

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