POWER OF PRAISE

Bible In One Year-Day 162 (Wednesday, June 11, 2014)

Commentary: 1Chronicles23-25. David used the last of his days to put things in place for his son, Solomon. He was a good father, administrator and manager. He started by giving him advice and encouragement with prayers; 1Chronicles22.

From chapter23 through 26, David organized the officials to work for the Kingdom; Levites (Chapt23), Priests (Chapt24) and the musicians (Chapt25). The Levites (as mentioned herein), were descendants of Moses, and their duty was to assist the priestly lineage of Aaron;

1 Chronicles 23:27-28 “For by the last words of David the Levites were numbered from twenty years old and above:Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the LORD, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of God;

The age of recruitment, 20 years and above, was in accordance to God’s instruction to Moses in Num1:1-3. David, being a musician under the influence of the Holy Spirit, knew how to touch God’s heart. He knew the relevance of the Holy Spirit in praising God; without Him praises are only made in the flesh and the result usually is sinful. The Holy Spirit is the only one who could help us to praise God in the most acceptable manner. He conveys God’s message through music. David’s ministry in songs was in this pattern and that was how he was able to touch God’s heart. He said in 2Sam23:1 “The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.”

When the Holy Spirit speaks through a medium, that is called prophecy. David prophesied through music. His music brought deliverance to the captive and a relief to the insane.

He was a prayer warrior but he praised God more than he prayed. He has this to say about his routine praying thrice a day;

Psalms 55:17 “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

And he has this to say about praising God;

Psalms 119:164 “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Through music God’s word can be relayed to us. This was the assignment of the musicians; 1Chronicles1&3.

1 Chronicles 25:3 “Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD.

To prophesy is to speak under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”

Therefore, the musicians should be under the influence of the Holy Spirit to be able to bring the message of the Lord to the people through music. This is the testimony of Jesus;

Revelation 19:10 “… have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

God could only dwell in the praise that is inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Psalms 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”

Beloved, the best prayer warrior is that person who knows how to praise the Lord in praying. Warfare is never effective without praises. The psalmist has the experience (Psalm149);

Psalms 149:5-9 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand;To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.”

The one who prays is at the same ground level with the enemy but the one who praises is at a higher level over the enemy; just as Jesus walked on the waters. When you praise God, heavens join you because this is what is going on in the heavens of heavens; everything in the heavenly praises Him;

Psalms 148:1-4 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.”

Praising God multiplies the sorrows of the enemies and brings healing to the wounded heart. Praises usher heavenly bliss into the soul.

Psalms 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”

All the creations have cause to praise Him according to Psalm148.

Psalms 145:10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.”

You are the work of His hand; in tribulations, perils, favorable and unfavorable situations and comfort, PRAISE YE THE LORD. There is power in praising the Lord. the Psalmist encourages us to approach God with thanksgiving in our hearts and the seat of judgment (the court) with praise;

Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is 1Chronicles26-29. Keep the fire burning and alive.

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