Lessons in Praise to unlock God’s Favour

2016/11/13
Preacher:
Passage: Psalm 138:1-3

Lessons in praise from David that unlock God’s Favour
By Apostle Aje Pelser, Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town
13 Nov. 2016

Psa 138:1 A Psalm Of David. I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
Psa 138:2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
Psa 138:3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.

1. Praise God with your whole heart. 100% Praise and Worship is a great blessing and ushers in God’s presence into your existence. Just like David danced before the Lord when the Ark of the Covenant returned to the city of David. He knew what it meant. Michal despised David’s whole hearted praise and remained barren for the rest of her life.
2. Worship towards God’s Temple. This is a spiritual discerned, directional worship. Point your heart towards what God’s Church represents today and how Jesus is building His Church. What John saw in Revelation about the Bride of the Lamb, what Ezekiel saw about dimensions of the temple and the types of ministering spirits present wherever God moved. Concentrate on worshipping towards Christ as the centre of the worship session and let the other things take care of themselves. The sound might not always be perfect, but the focus can be directed inward to Jesus! If the focus is the performance and how slick the song service is executed, people don’t even have a chance to enter into the outer courts, never mind the Holy of Holies where God inhabits the high praises of His people. Study the praise words from David’s tabernacle in the Bible – we have them available through our Miracle Bible College course on Worship. Every month we equip musicians in our All Nations School of Worship to worship God in spirit and in truth, using musical genres from all corners of the earth. One week we studied Indian Ragas and the next we are playing Afro-Cuban rhythms in praise and worship to God. From that flows some interesting intercessory moments as well stimulating prophecies for nations. Once we played by the spirit and a church member dame and explained that we were playing rhythms Hindi priests take 7 years to learn.
3. Praise the name of Jesus. Bring the name of Jesus into your worship and praise His name. There is power in the name of Jesus and as we sing it by faith, demons tremble and go, sickness disappears, and souls are healed and saved. Anointed singers and musicians with anointed dancers and anointed saints participating with understanding in worship form a strong force that expels darkness. One church member said the first time he entered Harvester there at Milpark Centre he came down the stairs and actually felt scared. It was not him feeling scared of course, but the demons that God delivered him from that night! God magnified His Word above all His name – the Word made flesh was Jesus and God has highly exalted him to have the name above all other names =- at that name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.
4. Meditate on God’s loving-kindness and truth during worship. Some people like to wage spiritual warfare but they forget what the focus of Jeshoshaphat’s band was when God destroyed their enemies:
2Ch 20:14 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.
2Ch 20:15 And he said, "Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: 'Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's.

2Ch 20:21 … he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
"Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever."
2Ch 20:22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.
2Ch 20:23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
The Lord Delivers Judah
2Ch 20:24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.
2Ch 20:25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. 2Ch 20:26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the LORD; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day.
2Ch 20:27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies.
2Ch 20:28 So they came to Jerusalem, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpets, to the house of the LORD.
2Ch 20:29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.
2Ch 20:30 Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.