"Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance." - Psalm 89:15
Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural and into the power of God. He eagerly awaits the fragrance of our affections, desiring to manifest His sweet presence and power in our midst.
Praise is a "sacrifice," something that we offer to God sacrificially, not just because we feel like it, but because we believe in Him and wish to please Him.
"By Him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name." - Hebrews 13:15
That being said, we need to understand that every attitude carries its own power and vibration which is recognizable in the realm of the spirit. It is not just an attitude... it is a force that wraps itself around a person like a coat that continually pulls a person deeper into its power until they are completely overtaken by it -- whether for good or bad. Every attitude we release is filled with powerful vibrations wrapping themselves around us like a garment, further enveloping us into its cocoon-like power.
"For by your words you will be justified and acquitted [set free], and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced [condemned]..." - Matthew 12:37
Jesus was saying that the words we wrap ourselves in will either set us free or imprison us here in this life and in eternity to come!
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]." - Proverbs 18:21
CULTIVATING AN ENVIRONMENT OF THE GLORY OF GOD
As we cultivate an environment of the Glory of God through High Praises the enemy will run from us, demons will automatically scatter, sickness and disease will lose their grip as they are demonically induced and will eventually fall away.
As the Presence of God comes, the veil is stripped away and we are being transfigured from one degree of Glory and revelation to another by the Lord who is that Spirit (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).
Satan becomes powerless to stop the renewal of the mind and the flow of revelation that comes to transform the person. He fears the power of the name of Jesus and runs from the presence of the Lord.
"Who so offers praise glorifies me: and to him that orders his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God." - Psalm 50:23
"..when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten." - 2 Chronicles 20:22
When God's people begin to praise His name, it sends the enemy running! As you become a person of praise, you will experience the release of the power of God.
THE RUAH SHOUT
The Hebrew word "Ruah," which is the very breath of God, can also be translated, Shout. It is the same word used in Psalm 100:1 and Psalm 95:1 and translated shout joyfully and make a joyful noise. Other meanings include battle cry, shout of triumph, and sound an alarm. Ruah was used to denote any shout of joy or praise. In fact, in public worship, it would denote praise of the most animated kind, which always required a body function.
One of those words is the word "Shabach" which means to shout in a loud address or tone. The priest blew the trumpets; the people raised a great shout of triumph, and praise; God's presence and power came down; and the walls of Jericho fell flat. When the praise went up the presence came down. It's interesting to note that it is the very breath of God (Ruah) that comes through the mouths of His people in the shout. He is the very breath (Ruah) of life living in us. When we shout unto God, it is literally God's breath and sound that are being exhaled into the atmosphere. Every created living thing recognizes the God-Sound vibration and responds.
THE HIGH PRAISES OF GOD
Praise is one of the highest weapons the Believer possesses. Through praise, battles have been won and nations conquered. David wrote:
"Let the high praises of God be in their throats and a two-edged sword in their hands, To wreak vengeance upon the nations and chastisement upon the peoples, To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron, To execute upon them the judgment written. He [the Lord] is the honor of all His saints. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)" - (Psalm 149:6-9).
Let the "High Praises" of God be in your mouth – not the low praises. High praises are the release of THANKSGIVING and HONOR given directly to the Lord Jesus Christ. When we give Him the Glory due His name and begin to sing directly to Him instead of about Him, He comes with all of His Glory. As the high praises are in our mouths, the double-edged sword is automatically in our hands, to wreak vengeance upon nations, punishment upon enemies, to bind kings (demonic) with chains and fetters, and to execute judgment. For the Lord is the honor of all His saints!
When the praises go up, the Glory comes down and every enemy of the saints is rendered powerless. Sickness, disease, poverty, lack must all bow to the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
David wrote about many types of praise including high praises and joyful sounds. These are not just nice, descriptive words–they are powerful.
THE JOYFUL SOUND
"Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound.." - Psalm 89:15
Blessed are those who know the "Joyful Sound." What is the joyful sound? It's the sound of High Praise that brings the transforming Glory of God! In the joyful sound, God's friends rejoice all day long, for the Lord is their strength and they can walk with their faces lifted toward Him with no shame.
The enemy cannot touch the warring praising saint, for his attention is on the loveliness and sweet attractiveness of the Lord and they walk in the Light of the Glory of God. No devil can follow you there! With our attitudes we are constantly attracting one of two kingdoms; either the Kingdom of light or the kingdom of darkness. All too often we are looking for some kind of super-spiritual answer or remedy to deliver us from our condition, when all we need to do is simply worship and praise our way through it.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY