The message below are excerpts from yesterday, Sunday 27 December, 2015 as preached by Bishop David Oyedepo
Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him (Psalms 67:5-7).
We discover from scriptures that every child of God has an enviable destiny in Christ. We also understand from scriptures that every encounter with the Word is an encounter with destiny. However, it is important to know that high praise, among others, is a key facilitator of our access to God’s Word which in turn guarantees our access to a world of exploits. This is because wild praise usually provokes ‘wild’ interventions. As it is written:
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord (Psalms 149:6-9).
This is why no prophetic Word will ever see the light of the day without praise. It is also written: Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11).
From the above scripture, ‘fearful in praises’ connotes wild praise. It is our “fearful praises” that provokes the fearful presence of God and that in turn guarantees the delivery of our fearful blessings. That means when we give God wild praises, we are entitled to His strange order of blessings that will make the world to fear Him. Again, it is important to know that the intensity of our praises determines the degree and speed to which God responds to us. Remember, whatsoever a man sows, that shall he reap. When we sow casual praise, we access casual blessings. On the contrary, when we sow fearful praise seed, we provoke fearful blessings on our lives.
That is why the devil discourages us from giving God high praises in order to rob us of the treasures that await us in it. Therefore, we must get smarter than him by engaging the mystery of high praises with the whole of our hearts and might, for the speedy delivery of our inheritance in redemption.
A graphic picture of a wild kind of praise was painted in scriptures at the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The Bible says: Multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest (Matthew 21:9).
This is the wildest praise ever recorded in scriptures. The people threw their garments on the floor, carried palm fronds as they shouted hosanna in the highest. Jesus, in turn, responded to their wild praise by casting out all them that sold, bought in the temple, overthrowing the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves(Matthew 21:9-12).
We must understand that when we engage in wild praise, God steps into our affairs with all the forces of heaven to restore our dignity. Remember, we are the temple of the Holy Ghost and Jesus is same yesterday, today and forever. Thus, when we engage in wild praises, He will do same for us.
Therefore, Praise is a spiritual platform for the strange works and acts of God in the lives of His people. This is why those who flow in praise don’t run out of signs and wonders, because what praise does is to bring God to bear in our lives and situations, thereby provoking our desired change.
In addition, the garment of praise brings us into favour with the King of kings. Remember, when Esther put on her royal apparel, she was favoured by the king. Also, when Herodias’ daughter danced to please the king, she secured divine favour such that Herod gave her an open cheque to ask anything, even to the half of his kingdom and it would be done. Likewise, whenever we dance our way into God’s heart, we provoke divine favour (2 Samuel 6:16, 23; Mark 6:22-23).
We also discover from scriptures that everyone’s future is a function of the favour at work in his life. However, it takes high praises to be highly favoured. According to Paul, we can only be what God wants us to be by His grace.
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Therefore, to have a glorious destiny is all a function of God’s favour. However, when God’s favour is withdrawn, destiny starts going down. For instance, David, the praise giant, who praised God seven times a day said:
Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled (Psalms 30:7).
‘Stand strong’ in the above scripture means ‘to stand out’. The scripture records that David did not only praise God seven times a day, he danced with the whole of his might to connect with the favour of God. No wonder he operated in the realm of high-level favour all his life. Therefore, we must praise and thank God at all times like David, if we want to experience His order of divine favour, the adversaries notwithstanding (Psalms 34:1; 35:7 119:164; 1 Samuel 16:13; 2 Samuel 5:4).
Having established that praise guarantees our access to our glorious destiny in Christ Jesus, let’s examine four other ways through which we can encounter Destiny.
Through direct divine encounter: This means God showing up to show us what is in store for us. For instance, God revealed Himself directly to Abraham at seventy-five years and said: …Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3).
Also, God revealed Himself to Isaac, and instructed him not to go to Egypt but to dwell in Gerar. When Isaac obeyed God, he prospered despite the severity of the famine. He moved forward in that land, became strong, very great and the Philistines envied him (Genesis 26:12-14).
Thus, this proves that divine encounter unveils our destinies to us but because God inhabits the praises of His people, He will only show up to a praiseful soul.
Heavenly Vision: We must understand that we can only flow in vision when we make praise our lifesyle. Remember, Paul the Apostle who was not disobedient to the heavenly vision admonished us to Rejoice in the lord always and again I say rejoice. That means he was able to access vision because of his lifestyle of thanksgiving and praise (Philippians 4:4; Acts 26:19).
Therefore, God’s plan will remain elusive until we are able to praise our way into His presence where He unveils the path of life. As it is written: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalms 16:11).
Rhema: This means the voice God. We must understand that this is the spiritual womb that births great destinies. However, it takes a joyful heart to connect with it. As it is written: Blessed are they that hear the joyful sound…. (Psalms 89:15).
It takes a ‘song- full’ believer to access the voice of the Lord; therefore, we must be ‘song -full’. However, it is important to know that praise is one of the vital tools that guarantee our unlimited access into God’s Word (revelation). This means, we must celebrate and jubilate before the Lord so that He will cause His voice to be heard. It is written: Ye shall have a song, as in the night [when] a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel. And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of [his] anger, and [with] the flame of a devouring fire, [with] scattering, and tempest, and hailstone (Isaiah 30:29-30).
The Revelation Platform: As it is written: Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:3).
We must understand that, only those who flow in joy and praise access revelation, which is the master custodian of destiny. That is why it is revelation that defines the limit of every destiny. Moreover, the revelation we operate with determines our level of possessions in the Kingdom. We understand from the scripture that we have an inheritance of power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing in Christ. However, every of our inheritance answers absolutely to revelation and revelation answers to high praises.
No doubt, without a praiseful lifestyle our destinies will be truncated. We have stayed with that challenge long enough. Therefore, we are long overdue for an escape. The good news is that God still does fearful things through high praises today. It is therefore wisdom to be praiseful, not‘complainful’ nor ‘murmurful’. We must learn to give God the wildest praise to qualify for divine encounters; for in His presence, there is fullness of joy and that is where He shows us the path of life(Psalms 22:3). As we do this, everything that is against our glorious destiny in Christ shall be destroyed in Jesus’ name. Remain ever blessed!
Jesus is Lord!