This fast onto worship through song and dance has caused me to ponder the power of praise. There have been books written about the power of praise filled with testimonies of prayers that were changed from pleading for answers, to praising God for the good He intends from the situation. When words of praise and thanksgiving call forth what isn’t as though it were, the miraculous happens.
This is what I was pondering as I was worshipping one morning.
What makes praise so powerful?
What God told me is so profound and has lead me on a search for greater understanding and application in my own life!
God reminded me of this verse…
Proverbs 18:21 says,
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,”
Our tongues set things into motion!
There is power in our words!
Words are never just words, they are never neutral.
They speak death or they speak life.
God reminded me of the angels that praise Him day and night with words of life.
“Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty— the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” Revelation 4:8
But not only do the angels worship and praise God continually, He wants us to as well.
“Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.” Hebrews 13:15
David, a man after God’s own heart, knew the importance of speaking words of life when he said…
“I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.” Psalm 34:1
That morning when I was worshipping God He showed me that it is actually the power of words that encourage me and bring me such joy when I am in His presence. When I sing words that praise and glorify Him, when I read aloud God’s word, and when I pray for others, those words of life go into the atmosphere. They enter my ears, go into my mind, down into my heart, and then flow throughout my body. Those words of life actually bring life to me, to my every cell!
Those words of life have the power to literally change me from the inside out!
Words of life bring life!
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.” John 1:1-4
Jesus is the Word of God.
The Bible is the written Word of God.
So God is the source of words of life, truth.
The other voice,
Satan is the source of words of death, lies
And because there is no other source of words…
There are no neutral words.
Wow, this is a wake up call to cause me to consider my words…
This helps me understand why the time of worshipping God through song and dance brings such joy and empowers me as I go throughout my day.
It also helps me understand why worship is such a battle between my spirit and my flesh. Satan hates life and will use any strategy to keep me from the words of life that will change me and empower me for God’s glory.
As a child of God, alive in Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit, the source of my words should be God. My words should speak life. They should be truth.
“People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!” James 3:7-10
Okay, so I’m not alone in this dilemma. God realizes that on my own I can’t tame my tongue. He knows that blessing and cursing will come from my mouth. But, He lets me know that it’s not right. It’s not what He wants of me. So, if it’s not right there must be a way to speak what is right. God never asks us to do something that He won’t enable us to do.
So, how do I speak words of life?
I believe it is similar to the way a baby learns to speak. Who the baby spends time with, who he listens to, will determine what the baby says. Babies learn by imitating. For the most part we continue this process the rest of our lives. What we listen to, who we spend time with, still have great influence over us. We will imitate those around us.
Who do I spend time with? Who do I listen to? Who am I imitating? What words am I saying?
This concept of influence is something I have known forever, but sometimes a well-known truth comes and penetrates to a deeper level.
I know there is much more to ponder concerning the power of words. The Lord has shown me some things about what I can do with the words of death I have spoken in the past, and ways He wants to redeem and restore them.
Also, the Lord has shown me ways we are affected by self-talk. I challenge you to take some time this week to think about the words you say about yourself. It may be a good idea to write down some of the words that you find yourself saying over and over.
Words come from a source, they become a habit, and depending on the source you will either live the abundant life God intends for you, or you will live in the harm the enemy means for you.
I expect there will be several more blog entries about the power of words! Thanks for joining along! Would love to hear your comments. I’m sure I’m not alone in this dilemma of considering the power of my words.