Want God to Hear You? Praise Him!

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Acts 16:25-26, But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

Our worship is not just an expression of deep gratitude toward a wonderful loving Savior or love toward our God, it’s the power to loose chains of bondage and oppression, to open prison doors to set captives free. Worship shouldn’t just be something we do when we’re in church, it should accompany us wherever we go. Every morning when we rise, His praise should be on our lips (Hebrews 13:5). Praise sets the atmosphere to walk in freedom. It doesn’t just open literal prison doors as it did for Paul and Silas, it opens us up for salvation from whatever we face (Psalm 50:23 TLB, But true praise is a worthy sacrifice; this really honors me. Those who walk my paths will receive salvation from the Lord.)

It makes you want to praise Him, doesn’t it? So do it! Lift your hands and focus on Him. Oh God, I praise Your holy and wonderful name. You are great! Your name above all names! Holy are You! Worthy! Full of power to save, heal and deliver! Great are Your many works. When I think of all You’ve done, I get giddy with excitement of what You have planned for me! Halleluiah! No one like You! You have set the path of my life. You order my steps. You remove obstructions. You reveal to me Your glory. You have great plans for me. Oh how I love You. My praise is a weapon against my enemy. He may come against me one way, but he must flee before me 7 ways because of my praise to You. You wrap me up in Your glory and my life becomes a sacrifice of praise to You.

I will close with Psalm 100 TLB: Shout with joy before the Lord, O earth! Obey him gladly; come before him, singing with joy. Try to realize what this means—the Lord is God! He made us—we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Go through his open gates with great thanksgiving; enter his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.  For the Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.

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