This Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, Pastor Duane White continued our new series, and word of the year, Over The Top here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.
Over The Top:
The Essence of Praise is not a difficult concept to understand because it’s a part of our everyday lives in one form or another. You may praise your kids when they clean their rooms or do their homework, or employees for doing a job well done, or your pets when they perform tricks nicely.
You could say that we praise what we love. But above and beyond all of that, for us as believers, praise is something we direct toward God or something we express to others about God.
Here is the definition of praise:
To praise is to commend, applaud, express admiration or approval, exalt, bless, magnify; to call attention to.
Your praise must have an expression. There are many expressions of praise in scripture: singing, clapping, dancing, shouting, and much more. One thing that they all involve is expression. You can not praise without expression, and the more Over The Top the praise, the more Over The Top the expression.
Praise is an outward expression of a heart position. You can be expressive outwardly and not be positioned properly in their heart, but you can’t have a heart position of praise and no outward expression.
Unexpressed Praise is meditation, and unexpressed gratitude has no power. Complaining is an antitheses of Praise. Unexpressed complaining is worry, and worry is a negative meditation.
“When you complain you remain, when you praise you are raised!” – Joyce Meyer.
Their are two kinds of praise:
- Reverse in Thanksgiving for the things that God has done.
- Forward in faith that God will do it again.
There is a perfect example in the book of Habakkuk:
Habakkuk 1 (NIV)
The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received. Habakkuk’s Complaint: How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence! but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Habakkuk’s Second Complaint: Lord, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.
Habakkuk 2 (NIV)
I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. The Lord’s Answer: Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time it speaks of the end and will not prove false.Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
Habakkuk complained and the Lord answered him with vision. That was God’s mercy and grace, but praise could have released that in a much more positive way.
Wouldn’t you much rather praise as a response to the vision God has given you than to complain? If you are going to complain to Him in the secret place, then He will give you vision and that should result is praise.
“The only good place to complain is in the secret place, face to face with God,” – Bob Sorge.
Praise is the bridge to your destiny. What you praise you magnify, and what you magnify you attract. What you praise today is releasing your tomorrow.
Who owns your Praise? You or God? Your spouse or God? Your boss or your daddy God? Your friends or God?
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