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THE POWER OF PRAISE
Sunday, Jul 27, 2008

I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.  Psalms 34: 1

Praise was the life style of David.  David?s brothers were in the king service, but little David was sent behind the sheep to keep them.  David was forgotten by everybody.  When Prophet Samuel came to Jesse's(David's father) house to anoint one of his children as King, Jesse brought before Samuel all his sons except David.  The prophet had to ask Jesse if he had any more sons and only then did Jesse remember and send for David.  David was behind the sheep, away from all the people. 

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1Samuel16:7

I always imagine like this - David would have left the sheep to grace the pastures and he would have sat in the cool shade of some tree and he would have been singing praises with his harp to the God of Israel. He also would have danced before the Lord in jubilant praises. Praise was David's life style. He never looked for opportunities to praise God. Praise was his breath; he praised God regardless of the circumstances or the situations. Therefore David's heart was humble before God; pleasing before God. He never took pride for the conquests he had. Praise will keep a person's heart humble before God and you will be pleasing in the sight of the Lord. Praise is the barrier for pride, pride can never enter where praise is.

One of the reasons that David had such mighty victories wherever he went was because he was humble before God. Praise kept his heart humble.

Therefore friends, imbibe praise as a life style and certainly you will see God's hand manifesting in all your situations; you will see great victories like David.

The author of the above message is John Mohana Prakash B.E., the Founder President of Jesus The Joy Ministries.