Summary: Having the attitude of praise no matter what the situation is.
Prescription For Praise Let’s Get Jiggy With It
I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1-3
Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in the Sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high-sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. Psalm 150:1-6
One of the most raging controversies in the church today which needs the most attention is praise. Some controversies are only dealt with in a forum or a seminar, and they lose their Biblical meaning. But today, I want to address an issue that not only is it alright to do, but it is also Biblical correct. I want to began by saying that there is a difference in all of us doing worship service. Can I get a witness? You don’t have to be in charge long to notice that folk act differently in worship. But I come to tell you that the act of praise, the act of giving God glory and honor for the things that He has done should not be limited to just a few. But all of us should be fellow travelers in the areas of praise. Now don’t get me wrong, for our churches do have some folk in them who do love the Lord. Folk that don’t mind praising God. There are some who give God ultimate and unashamed praise and worship. There are those who lift up Holy hands and surrender themselves in worship service. Can I get a witness? As a matter of fact, in some of our churches, if it wasn’t for the one or two gathered in His name, some of our churches would be turned into a quiet retirement center or a cold cemetery rather than the place of praise. Can I get a witness?
If it wasn’t for the faithful few, there would not be any praise at all. It is the direct will of God that we as a people would fulfill the purpose for which God made us. God did not make us to sulk and sit. He did not make us to fold our arms and cross our legs. He did not make us to roll our eyes and grit our teeth. But the Lord created us to give Him praise. And not only are we to give God praise, but He is worthy to be praised. He’s due praise because of His Glory. He’s due praise because of His greatness. He’s due praise because of His Holiness. His wisdom. His power. His goodness. His loving kindness and mercy. He’s due praise because of His salvation and His wonderful works. And if grandmama was here today, she would tell you God is due praise, because He woke me up this morning and started me on my way. He’s my doctor in a sick room. He’s my balm in Gilead. And can I say this? We ought to praise God in the bad times as well as the good times. In other words, we ought to get jiggy with it.
The word jiggy comes from the word jig, which means to dance and not just any kind of dance, but a lively dance. Our praise ought to be such that folk around you will know that God has been good to you and that you love the Lord. Can I get a witness? The issue of praise is important because some folk are not just with it when it comes to praise. Some folk feel that we
shouldn’t lift up hands unto the Lord. Some folk feel that you ought to not say hallelujah or thank you Jesus. Some will have the nerve to tell you that you don’t have to stand before the presence of the Lord. Some folk feel that it’s not necessary to bow down and worship God. But I’ve got a problem with that. Because I’ve seen what God is able to do. I’ve experienced the power of God. And I feel that if God has done anything for you, you ought to praise Him. You ought to show some sign. In other words, let’s get jiggy with it. It use to be a time when folk would shout just thinking about the goodness of God. But now you have to pump folk up. You have beg folk just to say amen. John 3:17 says, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. James 5:11 says, “Behold, we count them happy which endure.” I need to suggest to you that only folk can get happy. Mountains can’t get happy.