Praising God is a powerful thing. Not only is it pleasing to God, but it can lift and liberate our spirits and also have an effect on others around us. I believe this is why the devil tries so hard to keep us from giving God praise. In reading Acts 16, it would seem that Paul and Silas had every reason not to praise God. They had just done a good thing by casting a demon out of a woman who was being used by her masters to make money through fortunetelling. Seeing that their income was lost, these men became angry and were able to persuade the right people to have Paul and Silas beaten and thrown in a prison. It seemed like a pretty rotten deal for Paul and Silas. It would have been very easy for them to become bitter or wallow in self pity, but instead we find them in Acts 16:25 singing and praising God. Something tremendous happened as they praised God. An earthquake shook the prison, and not only did their shackles fall off, but all the other prisoners had their shackles loosed as well. God always responds to true praise and worship! We are bound to have times when we go to church and do not feel one bit like praising the Lord. It could be that we have had a bad day, we’re going through financial trouble or we’re just experiencing the struggles of life. If we can just make up our minds to praise God anyhow, He can unloose those invisible shackles that try to bind us, and our praise can make a difference to others in the congregation that may be struggling too. While thinking on this, I wrote the following poem. I hope it will be a blessing to you.
This type of poem is called an OttavaRima.
The Blessing Of Praise
Although skies may loom darkly overhead,
and sorrows can produce such cloudy days,
in pondering this case it must be said
that God is still worthy of our praise!
And whether we have joy or pain or dread;
storm showers or the sun’s inviting rays,
whatever we’re called to drink from life’s cup,
in adoration, lift the Saviour up!
Don’t let perceptions become heavy bands
that bind your spirit and incarcerate.
Break forth in worship. Lift up holy hands.
God is still on the throne, and He is great!
If no longer in bondage to sin’s demands,
in His service you’re blessed to participate.
The praise that you offer, dear saint, is a key
to help some poor soul who yearns to be free.
Perhaps it is time to do a self check
if you’re hindered from praising the Lord;
and pick yourself up by the scruff of the neck.
Put God back in place, let Him be adored.
When on His goodness you truly reflect,
you’ll heap as much praise as you can afford
and as in true worship, you overflow
you’ll bless God, self and others more than you know!
Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Psalm 150:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Psalm 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Psalm 150:3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Psalm 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Psalm 150:5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Psalm 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.