For me, one of the most powerful stories in the bible about praise is when Paul and Silas are being thrown into prison. Instead of moaning and grumping or feeling sorry for themselves they start to worship God at midnight. While all other inmates are listening, a miracle happens:
“Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. ” – Acts 16:26-
First of all, I love the point that this happens in the middle of the night and in the midst of the most difficult circumstances.
When your night is at its darkest, your praise gotta be at its loudest!
In fact, God is worthy of our praise- whether we feel like it or not, whether we are standing on the hightest peek or wandering in the darkest valley. No matter in which situation we are, worship reminds us of who God is. It turns our eyes away from the circumstances and unto Jesus who is able to do anything!
This incident shows us: Praise changes reality. Praise shakes the earth, makes darkness tremble, walls fall down, chains come loose.
And this is why our praise is dangerous and one of the most powerful weapons. This is how our praise becomes a problem to our problems. When we praise God despite every circumstance, we can be sure that mountains move, issues resolve, and the reality of his light breaks through. Praise moves something in the invisible world and has impact on the visible. The earth startes to quake, walls shake and gates jump open.
We can never estimate the power of worship. Therefore, how often do you use your right to let your praise become the problem to your problem?