Studying the Word of God will bring revelation to anyone who seeks to know more of the Lord and as you are faithful to deepen your knowledge, God will be faithful to increase your understanding. One of the things you’ll notice is the way in which people of great faith react to the issues that arise in their own lives. Sure, they question and cry, make mistakes and bad choices; they experience attacks on every front; they have to fight spiritual enemies, like fear, and natural enemies like depression and anxiety, jealousy everything else! But, in spite of it all, they emerge victorious. How do they do that? When they fall, they fall to their knees and pray. When they’re pressed upon, they praise. When they’re wondering and wandering, they turn to the Word. (Psalm 119:50) Today, I’m going to share 7 ways to praise God for the prize, which is His power at work more deeply within you!
Remember, the journey you walk is not one of perfection, but of sanctification, and every person who has committed their lives to Jesus Christ will walk through it if they choose to accept the calling He has placed on their lives. You will need to learn how to use every weapon you have so you can do more than “survive” – God wants you to thrive! It is especially important that you learn how to use praise and worship as a weapon, but it is a distinct action from how you use the Word and from the purposes of prayer.
…your willful determination to recognize that, in spite of it all God is as much worthy of praise on a bad day as He is on a good day, is what makes worship a weapon of war
[I encourage you to dig more deeply into the revelation of praise and worship and to utilize every aspect of The Way of the Worshipper, which is completely free and given here to be a blessing and support to your faith!] Here’s just one example for you today of the powerful perspective of praise in the life of someone just like you and me:
Psalm 119:161-168 is a poem under the Hebrew letter “Shin” which literally means “the teeth” and that is no coincidence!
“SHIN – Princes have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of Your words. I rejoice at Your word, as one who finds great plunder. I hate and abhor lying, but I love Your law. Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous judgments. Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing shall cause them to stumble. Lord, I have hoped for Your deliverance, and I carry out Your commandments. My soul has kept Your testimonies, and I love them greatly. I have kept Your precepts and Your testimonies, for all my ways are before You.”
7 Ways to Praise God Throughout Your Day
The teeth in this passage that tear open the darkness and let in the light of the Lord, is the fact that the author expresses struggle, frustration, pain at being persecuted, lied about and mistreated, but chooses to still say this, “Seven times a day I praise You…” the Psalmist wrote. In the Bible, the 7 Hebrew Words for Praise comprise a complete picture of worship based on the Lord’s divine instruction. Incorporating 7 ways to praise God each day isn’t hard if you lean heavily on His own Word. What does that look like? Here are some ideas for 7 ways to praise the Lord in your day:
- 7 a.m.: Wake up, put on some worship music and sing to the Lord. The Hebrew word “Zamar” means to sing a song to the Lord set to music. Psalm 59:16-17 says, “I will sing aloud of Your lovingkindness in the morning, for You have been my refuge and escape in the day of my trouble. To You, O my strength, I will sing (Zamar), for God is my refuge, and the God of my lovingkindness.”
- 10 a.m.: Take a break at work and sing a new song unto the Lord! The Hebrew word “Tehillah” means praise that is spontaneous and flows up from your spirit. Psalm 22:3 says “…the Lord dwells within the praises (“Tehillah”) of His people.” It is unique in that moment. Close your eyes, even just for a moment and connect with the Holy Spirit. Sing to the Lord whatever is on your grateful heart in that moment.
- 1 p.m.: Wrap up lunch and take a private moment to stop and worship. Hum a chorus to yourself and lift your hands to the Lord in “yadah” praise, which means to raise your hands and profess words of worship to Him. Psalm 28:7 says, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise (“Yadah”) Him.“
- 3 p.m.: Set an alarm on your phone to stop and thank Say the words “thank you” to the Lord. He is a Person! Saying ‘thank you’ means something to Him too! “Towdah” praise is a “sacrifice of praise”, which means you may not feel like praising God in that moment, but that’s why it’s called a sacrifice! Psalm 50:23 says, “Whoever offers praise (“Towdah”) glorifies Me and makes a way and I will show him the salvation of God.”
- 5 p.m.: Drive home from work and shout your praise!! The Hebrew word “Shabach” means to cry out your praise in a loud voice! This is the time to really shout and sing because you’re all alone. Psalm 63:3 says, “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise (“Shabach”) You.” Even just a moment is enough to fix your mind on Him. The point of all praise is gratitude!
- 7 p.m.: Get the family ready for bed or clean up from dinner and shout Hallelujah! In the Word of God, the Hebrew word “halal“, is where “Hallelujah!” comes from. and it is an enthusiastic or exciting song of celebration to God that worships Him for His greatness. Psalm 150:2 says, “Praise (Halal) Him for His mighty acts: praise (Halal) Him according to His excellent greatness.” Leading your family spiritually is one the most important things you’ll ever do. Take time to ask each person what they can give God the thanks for. Sing a simple song together as you go about your evening.
- 10 p.m.: Before you get into bed, kneel down before the Lord and thank Him for what He has done for you that day. The Hebrew word for praise “Barak” means to kneel as if you were before a king- and you are! Psalm 68:19 says, “Blessed (“Barak”) be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” Even if it was a bad day- you survived and that’s all because you worshipped through the war!
There aren’t just 7 ways to praise God – there are as many as you can come up with and there are as many as the wonderful things He has done. Your ability to praise the Lord amid adversity is not instinctive- quite the opposite! But your willful, intentional determination to recognize that, in spite of it all God is as much worthy of praise on a bad day as He is on a good day, is what makes worship a weapon of war! The enemy is trying to bare his teeth at you, but your God is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! Worship the Lord! Can’t think of 7 ways to praise God? Just do one, and do it over and over and over! And as for your enemy? Your God is a LION – go for the jugular!
Thought for today: There Are More Than Just 7 Ways to Praise the Lord
Finding 7 ways to praise God throughout your day might sound like a lot- unless you’re in a battle and then, really, it’ll feel like it’s not enough! You cannot worship the Lord enough. Why? Because He is always on the move. (Psalm 121:4) He is always working. He is always healing, protecting, guiding, speaking, inspiring, covering, gracious, merciful, powerful, loving, rescuing… He’s worthy of praise moment by moment. The people of war have learned this spiritual principle: Praise is most powerful when you worship God anyway– pushing past your experiences and feelings and perspectives in this natural reality and into the perspectives of life in God’s spiritual reality. The victories of the great men and women of faith are no different than what you have access to. But if you want those testimonies for your own, it means two things. 1) You’ll need learn to walk through trials as they learned to walk and 2) You’ll need to learn to respond in faith, as they responded in faith. Victory isn’t handed to anyone, it’s won! Developing a perspective of faith takes action, and the actions of your faith take….more faith! Worship is one of the primary ways you prove that what you say God has done has been done- even before your eyes see that He has done it! Praising Him seven times a day is a great start!