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Look at Psalm 102:18.
18 This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
You see, Satan was created as heaven's musician.
13 You (Lucifer or Satan) were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.
4 "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.
6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together (Jesus and Lucifer sang the earth into being), and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
16 For by Him (Jesus the morning star) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him (as we just saw in scripture, through the song of the morning stars).
16 "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand,
7 To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples;
8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute on them the written judgment - this honor have all His saints. Praise the LORD!
In fact, Psalm 22:3 says in the Old King James, "O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel". The word inhabitest means enthroned, so He sits in the praises of His people as King, renouncing Satan's right of lordship over them. The Strongs dictionary number 3427 says "inhabitest" means sit quietly as judge, sit quiet to ambush. So, the King of the universe, judges and ambushes the enemy through us as we praise!
When should we praise? Anytime we need the Lord's presence
. Paul and Silas for instance were in real danger. Let us look at how they handled their situation.
24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed. (All through praise, because the Lord comes to the praises of His people!)
In the Old Testament God's people knew the power of music and its ability to bring the Lord's intervention
. Judges 5 shows us a time when Israel was going to battle against a formidable foe. What did they do? They sang!
1 Then Deborah (who ruled as Judge over Israel) and Barak the son of Abinoam (who was commander over Israel's armies) sang on that day, saying:
2 "When leaders lead in Israel, when the people willingly offer themselves, bless the LORD! (they were all united in song)
3 "Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I (Deborah), even I, will sing to the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.
Now let us read verses 12 and 13.
12 " Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake, awake, sing a song! Arise, Barak, and lead your captives away, O son of Abinoam!
13 "Then the survivors came down, the people against the nobles; the LORD came down for me (intervened) against the mighty. (They won!)
Let us read of another time in history that the Lord came to the praises of His people.
II Chronicles 20:21-22
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army (Do you see this? The praisers went before the army!) and were saying: "Praise the LORD, for His mercy endures forever."
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.
Where is it appropriate to praise? Anywhere, anytime you need intervention from God
. You may praise Him for companionship, direction, or to just give Him your love and receive His. It could even be that perhaps you too need Him to ambush your enemies
. The point is, you don't need to have a special time or place. The psalms encourage us,
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds.
He would come again in the end days through a generation of people He would create to praise
, and through them He would sing a new refurbished heaven and new refreshed earth
into being. You see, beaten and spit upon in the streets of Jerusalem, then nailed to the cross bar and hung on the tree
, His body was broken. The Bread of Life
was offered up, His blood was shed, the wine was poured
, the sacrifice was made. The Bride was released from His side
. All that is needed now for the promise of the covenant
to be fully realized and established with all of creation is for her, His prepared Bride, to sing His praises, and communion will be complete
! The point of contact between heaven and earth
will give birth to all things new.
5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, "Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!"
6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! (All creation sings with God.)
7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."
Let everything that has breath, Praise the Lord!