Summary: We’ll never praise God more intimately in public than we do in private.
The Hallelujah Factor Series
Based upon Jack Taylor’s book The Hallelujah Factor
The Five Factors of Praise
June 24, 2007 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor
B Last week...
1 We’ll never praise God more intimately in public than we have in private.
a Praise is the vocal, audible, and/or visible adoration of God.
b Shouting, singing, clapping, instruments, dancing, kneeling, lifted hands.
c Praise (lever) & God’s sovereignty (fulcrum)
aa Open door
bb Occupied throne
2 Today, I pray you’ll commit to memorizing these verses: Psalm 8:2; 50:23; & 100:4...
a Use Psalm 100:4 several times a day in your heart
b Break out in thanksgiving and praise several times a day this week.
C Let’s continue The Hallelujah Factor by looking at 5 factors of praise today (transitional sentence).
I The 1st factor of praise is the mantle (cloak) of God.
A Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. Psalms 22:3 (NASB)
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Psalms 22:3 (KJV)
1 In other words, God lives surrounded by the praise of His creation.
a He indwells praise, it is His home environment.
b Although God is everywhere (omnipresent), He is not everywhere manifested.
aa He’s at home in praise, & there He manifests Himself best as God.
bb When we choose to make God at home through praise, we invite Him to act at home.
2 This factor answers key questions for me: why do the major experiences I have had with God center around a praise service? Why does healing come on the wings of praise? Why am I shaken to my spiritual, emotional, & intellectual core when praise is practiced?
a God inhabits praise (He’s at home!)
b He is enthroned & free to act mightily in praise.
B We’ll run at an opportunity to praise him if we believe this 1st factor.
1 Praise is something we’ll not miss publically, privately.
2 Why? God is at home! Present! Indwells! Inhabits!
a I want to be where God is this morning-praise Him & He’ll be there!
b Praise is the mantle of God, so when God shows up God things happen.
II The 2nd factor of praise is the preface to His miraculous deliverance. He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; and to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God Psalms 50:23 (NASB)
A There are at least 3 illustrations of praise preceding deliverance.
1 ...and he said, "Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, ’Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s. 16 ’Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 ’You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you." 2 Chron 20:15-17 (NASB) (Pink)
a Judah was out-manned, out-gunned, everything...but the battle wasn’t theirs.