LIVING IN THE MYSTERY AND GRACE OF PRAISE
Welcome to the fourth Sunday in the month of May, 2021. As we continue in our theme of this month, Praise from Within, we will take it further, looking at, ‘Living in the Mystery and Grace of Praise’.
Praise is a dimension of heavenly mysteries first revealed in the scriptures by Melchizedech king of Salem to Abraham when he received tithe from Abraham after his victory over the Chedorlaomers (Genesis 14:17-20). From Abraham to King David and to our Lord Jesus Christ, the mysteries of praise from within are revealed.
Praise is a command from the throne of God. In Psalm 146:1, King David cried out to his soul, desperately for help, saying, “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! Why did David make this desperate cry? The reason is that in heaven, praise is a Law and a Command from the throne of God. Revelation 19:5 says, “Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” Angels surround His throne singing praises day and night (Isaiah 6:1-3).
Whatever does not praise God dies. Satan was cast out of heaven because he failed to praise God from his inside heart (Isaiah 14:13). No man approaches the throne of His presence without living in the cloud and mystery of praise in his heart (Psalm 100:4). In the days of plague, nations who praise God are preserved (Isaiah 48:9).
For praise, the Living Soul was created in man (Genesis 2:7). A living soul is a God praising soul; a dying soul is a quiet soul. David understood this mystery when he cried out in his Spirit, saying “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! (Psalm 146:1). My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:2). Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? (Psalm 42:5)”. If your soul is not hungry to praise God, you need to cry like King David for revival.
Praise releases grace. Despite his human failures, David enjoyed so much grace because he awakened his soul to offer praises continually to God. To live in the mystery of praise, your soul must be alive in Christ. Is your soul alive in Christ? Do you hunger to give him praise from within? This mystery releases God’s uncommon grace on you. When this grace comes, your life is transformed from victory to victory.
Pastor Isaac Ogazi