3 Powerful Outcomes of Praise
Based on a recent Live Bible Study with Andrew Wommack
So many times, we may not feel like praising God. But the key word there is “feel.”
We aren’t led by our feelings because they are many times fickle and are always subject to change. Instead of saying, “I don’t feel like praising God.” Try, “I will praise you, Lord, until my feelings change!”
There are three main areas that are affected when you praise God.
- Praise affects you.
It’s how you check your spiritual pulse. If you aren’t praising God on a regular basis, you aren’t healthy spiritually. Don’t wait until things are good to praise God. You can always find something good to praise Him for. You are forgiven and going to spend the rest of your life with Almighty God who loves you!
Praise switches your focus to God and His promises instead of whatever situation you’re in. Just make a decision to give thanks to God no matter what. It’s not an option—it’s something we must do.
It should be the foundation of our relationship with God as well as the foundation of our prayer lives. If you find that you’re spending more of your prayer time repenting, asking forgiveness or asking for things, something’s wrong with this picture!
- Praise affects the devil.
Praise is a weapon against the devil.
“Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” —Psalms 8:2
When Jesus quoted this verse in the New Testament, he exchanged the word “strength” for praise. The joy of the Lord is your strength, and your praise will stop the devil in his tracks!
- Praise affects God.
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” —Psalms 34:1
When you praise, it draws and manifests the presence and power of God, and when you express your thankfulness to Him, He is blessed. He is always with us, but in praise, many times His presence becomes tangible and creates an atmosphere for miracles.
God isn’t going to fall apart if we don’t thank Him, but it really blesses Him. God is love (1 John 4:8), and anyone that loves wants to be loved in return. He longs to hear from you.
So don’t let your feelings dictate your praise. Let your praise change your feelings!