Thoughts on Praise – Praise the Lord – Nehemiah 12 – The Sacrifice of Praise

We have found that true praise and worship to the Lord is particularly abhorrent and debilitating to the demons. Spontaneous outbursts of gospel songs and choruses (particularly Scripture set to music) by workers in deliverance brings pain and pressure on manifesting spirits. The themes on the blood, eternal life, Jesus’ resurrection, and the name of Jesus often produce strong torment to the enemy.
It is significant, too, that demons bitterly hate the practice of lifting the hands in prayer and worship to the Lord. Many times in deliverance they will struggle angrily and even violently to prevent the lifting of a person’s hands who is being prayed for. How strange that many staunch and fundamental Christians also find this expression of worship distasteful and refuse topractice it! Stranger still, this attitude persists in spite of strong scriptural injunction and exhortation to do this (Psalm 134:2, 141:2; I Timothy2:8). We should not allow spirits of traditional forms to handicap us in worship of our wonderful Lord. Someone has compiled a list of words used in connection with worship:
1. YADAH: the extended hand; literally to throw up the hands(Psalm 134:2, 141:2; I Timothy 2:8).
2. TOWAH: the extended sacrifice of hands in adoration (thanksgiving) for blessings received and those to come (Psalm 50:23). Must correspond with an attitude of heart, and relies on God’s Word (Psalm 100; Jeremiah(17:26; 33:11).
3. HALAL: (root of Halalujah) to shout, to shine, to be clamorously foolish.
4. BARAK: to kneel, to bless God as an act of adoration, expecting to receive (Psalm 72:12-15; Judges 5:2).
5. SHABACH: to address in a loud tone, to command (Psalm 117:1;163:1, 3, 4).
6. ZAMAR: to touch the stings – used in connection with instruments of worship.
7. TEHILLA: to sing and to & laud (Psalm 22:33).

Goal Today: Read Nehemiah 12

Nehemiah 12:43
“Many sacrifices were offered on that joyous day, for God had given the people cause for great joy. The women and children also participated in the celebration, and the joy of the people of Jerusalem could be heard far away.”

Just like it was all hands on deck to rebuild the wall of the city, it was all hands on deck in the wall dedication celebration. For 52 days straight, the people had worked and worked and worked. They all overcame fear, worry, death threats, rumors of attack, and good ol’ weariness. The day had finally arrived where they could stop and take it all in.

Which leads me to this personal question: Do I praise God for all of my achievements in life?

In Nehemiah, the people had every right to toot their own horn and take pride in their craftsmanship. They had every right to take it all in for themselves, right? But they didn’t. They let Godly praise precede their personal pride. I believe that is a great formula to follow in all of our lives. They all praised God because God had given the people cause for great joy and their joy could be heard far away. (v.43)

Nehemiah personally understands that unless the Lord keeps Jerusalem then the walls, and all his efforts, were built in vain. Nehemiah dedicates all his efforts to God because, as we’ve seen time and time again in this book, Nehemiah recognizes God’s hand in hope building and therefore sets apart his efforts to whom credit is truly due, namely God.

Take time today to praise God and dedicate to Him all past, present, and potential future achievements.

Dedicate all my efforts to God and praise Him at all times.

• God, thank you for the achievements I’ve receive in my life.
• God, thank you for being my source of strength and protection.

• Remove all sinful pride and arrogance from my life.
• Place in me a right spirit of praise.
• Bless me with protection and covering as I dedicate all my past, present, and future achievements to you, God.

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