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His Power and Presence in Praise

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Tamarajo is an avid Bible Studier who loves nothing more than to seek out the treasures in God's Word and share them with others.

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Introduction

Psalm chapter nine combines the ideas of praising God and rescue from enemy forces.

I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.I will be glad and I will rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence.

— Psalm 9:1-3

The phrase

"When my enemies turn back"

In English, this phrase sounds rather passive and disconnected from the acts of praise being displayed. The Hebrew text reads more literally.

"In turning my enemies backward they will stumble and perish at Your presence"

The Hebrew reading more distinctly shows how our praise to God is very much connected and invitational to the presence of God that actively and aggressively turns our enemies backward.

This idea is confirmed in the Psalm right before it.

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

— Psalm 8:2

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Praise Is a Weapon

Jesus quoted Psalm eight from the above section while He was healing blind and lame people in Matthew, chapter 21. The people were praising him for it. In response to the resentful Chief Priests and Scribes who questioned Him about this

. . . Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected (ordained, established) praise’?”

— Matthew 21:16

The New Testament quote by Jesus translates Psalm eight for us, in that praise establishes a spiritual strength and power. The Old Testament version of this verse shows us that this power is the very presence of God that silences the enemy and the avenger.

The tribe of Judah was the fourth son of Jacob, and His name means "praise." The blessing Jacob spoke over Judah before he died was the following.

"your hand will be upon the neck of your enemy"

— Genesis 49:8

We could paraphrase it like this.

"Praise will be the hand upon the neck of your enemy."

Praise here is seen as a weapon. Judah (Praise) was the first tribe dispatched in their military order, indicating that praise should be dispatched first in all of life's battles.

Granddaughter Kylee Jo

Granddaughter Kylee Jo

Humility—Prerequisite to Praise

Who were these babes in Psalm chapter eight? It wasn't the Chief Priests and Scribes. They were indignant because Jesus was being praised as the Messiah (anointed, assigned, and empowered) Savior, which hinted at their jealousy and exposed their blindfold of pride.

. . . for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God

— John 12:43

The "babes" were those whose humility and dependence enabled them to recognize the God who was in their midst, as was evidenced by His compassion, exhibited in His healing touch.

I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.

— Matthew 11:25

It was people's lavish praise that exhibited their faith and enabled Jesus to perform the miracles that He did, in undoing the works of the enemy (I John 3:8).

Matthew 13 illustrates the necessity of faith for God's power and presence in our lives and circumstance. Rather than praising God, the people in this chapter chose to view and declare Jesus as common, familiar, and therefore ineffective. The result was the following.

. . . He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

— Matthew 13:58

It is important to note that our enemies are not people, and stated in Paul's letter to the Ephesians.

. . . we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12

Our conflicts in the natural realm are many times rooted in spiritual issues.

It is also worth mention that many times our own worst enemy can be ourselves.

A bit of a study on the Hebrew words for praise, used in our opening scripture of Psalm nine, reveals some valuable specifics that sometimes appear generic in English. Note that there are five "I will's" expressing what constitutes "praise."

  1. I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
  2. I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
  3. I will be glad and
  4. I will rejoice in You;
  5. I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence.

— Psalm 9:1-3

"I will" denotes being deliberate and decisive. Praise, in this instance, is not a passive act, as in waiting for a feeling. The Psalmist makes a conscious choice to praise.

visual of launching grenades of thanksgiving and praise.

visual of launching grenades of thanksgiving and praise.

There Is Nothing Too Difficult For God

"I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart"

—Psalm 9:1

The first "I will praise you" uses the Hebrew word 'yadah," meaning to "throw forth" to "cast out confessions and declarations of thanksgiving" for all that He has done.

This thought is in agreement with the Matthew 21 version of this Psalm. The recipients of His love are crying out, "Hosanna to the son of David." They are declaring Him to be their immediate salvation from their desperate plight.

The second phrase communicating praise is, "I will tell of all Your wondrous works." The literal translation of the word "tell" means to "take into account," "measure," or "number."

Stand still and consider (take into account) the wondrous works of God.

— Job 37:14

This verse also agrees with Matthew, chapter 21. The text declares that He was healing the blind and lame, and He was being praised for His "Wondrous works." Wondrous works indicate the miraculous achievement of the impossible. In light of this revelation, I would like to take account of all the scriptures declaring this.

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

— Genesis 18:4

“I know that You can do everything . . ."

— Job 42:2

‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

— Jeremiah 32:17

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

— Jeremiah 32:27

". . . with God all things are possible.”

— Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27

"with God nothing will be impossible"

— Luke 1:37

“The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

— Luke 18:27

There is simply nothing beyond the scope of His knowledge and power. Nothing is going on in our lives that He can't help us with. If that isn't worthy of consideration, praise, and declaration, I don't know what is, not to mention it is invitational to the presence of God and deliverance from our enemies.

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Praise Is Intoxicating

The third "I will" statement is "I will be glad." Glad in this particular verse means to leap with joy. According to Gesenius' Lexicon, It even alludes to the idea of comparing this state to being merry with wine. Confessing loudly, intentionally, and maybe even a bit obnoxiously His goodness towards us, as well as taking into account all that He does and can do, leads to intoxicating expressions of joy?

Acts chapter two demonstrated this for us when the Holy Spirit had come upon them, and the works of God were being displayed and declared. It appeared as if they were intoxicated.

. . . we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”

— Acts 2:11-13

I don't believe this supports the strange manifestations witnessed in the "Renewal" movement, which exhibited what appeared to be seriously out of control fleshly behavior. However, I do believe it to be fully supportive of conscious, exuberant, and enthusiastic worship born from genuine admiration and adoration of the One who displays God's "wonderful works" to us.

The fourth "I will" statement from Psalm nine is "I will rejoice in you," The Hebrew word used for rejoicing in this verse means to "triumph" or "exult in," which also reflects the theme of this study in triumphing over our enemies.

. . . Let not my enemies triumph (same Hebrew word translated rejoice) over me.

— Psalm 25:2

Praise silences the enemy forces and operations in our lives, as shown in the first part of this writing.

The fifth and final "I will" statement of our study is "I will sing praise to your name" This particular word is associated with the playing of instruments and rhythm. It is, almost always, referenced in praise to God. It more accurately translates "to make music" vocally and instrumentally. Interestingly, Gesenius defines this word "to prune" or "cut off."

In Your mercy cut off my enemies, And destroy all those who afflict my soul; For I am Your servant.

— Psalm (song) 143:12

There is a connection with praise to God in the form of music. The instrument and or voice serve as a way to cut off our enemies.

The word pictograph for the Hebrew word for "sing" (zamar), as used in this verse, agrees with this concept.

The first letter of "zamar" is a "zayin" and is a picture of a cutting tool or weapon. Singing and making music seems like a strange tool or weapon.

. . . the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

— II Corinthians 10:4-5

This concept of praise, as a weapon against adversity, is so eloquently exampled for us in II Chronicles chapter 20 with the story of Jehoshaphat. At least two enemy nations were coming up against Judah, the Southern kingdom. Jehoshaphat and the people seek the Lord as to what to do. And this Jehoshaphat did the following.

. . . he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.”

— II Chronicles 20:21

What a surprising and fantastic military strategy to send out singers and praisers. What more could indicate their faith in the God who would save them? What more could it say for us to praise Him as our first line of battle defense in all of our daily battles?

Worship isn’t ultimately defined by my personality type or preferences, but by the Word and worthiness of the One true God.

— Bob Kauflin

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Singing Praise Is Powerful

The second letter of "zamar," the Hebrew word for sing, is a "mem." "Mem" is imaged by ocean waves and can sometimes indicate mighty forces and, in this case, forces that are chaotic and tumultuous as the sea at times symbolizes for us.

A Scriptural example of how waters can indicate the forces and sources of chaos in our lives is found in Psalm eighteen, as sung by King David when he was delivered from Saul's persecution.

. . . He drew me out of many waters He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me.

— Psalm (song) 18:16

We see this exampled by Jesus as well, who walks on the adverse and chaotic waters. And in another incident, He commands the winds and the waves to be still. In both of these cases, Jesus displays His authority over all chaotic forces, natural and spiritual.

These battles are not ours, but His, as also shown in the story of Jehoshaphat.

Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude (many waters-enemies), for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

— II Chronicles 20:15

Conquering these battles will require the humility to admit that we are not genius nor powerful enough to fight these battles. Praise acknowledges God's Power and might.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts

— Zechariah 4:6

"Mem" confirms the idea of musical praise being a viable spiritual weapon against our enemies and the forces of chaos in our lives.

The final letter of "zamar," the Hebrew word for "sing praise," is a "resh" and is represented by the profile of a person in a forward-moving position, and can be connected with the idea of taking possession and having dominion and alludes to conscious forebrain activity.

Praise is about us consciously moving forward in praise to our awesome and sovereign King of the universe while He pushes our enemies backward. In this, God can gain possession of the territory of our hearts and lives.

God wants to have dominion in our lives and be glorified by them. Let us humble ourselves before Him and give Him all the praise is due Him, which will provide an invitation to His presence, scatter our enemies, and give Him that place in our lives.

To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever.

— I Peter 5:11

In conclusion, I desire the territory of my life and the lives of my family members to be conquered and occupied by the One and only Lord God Almighty. I face battles daily on these very fronts from which this study was born. I am praising Him today that there is nothing too complicated for Him. Nope! No personality is unreachable. God can do this!! Amen!

Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered.

— Psalm 68:1

© 2013 Tamarajo

Comments

Tamarajo (author) on July 27, 2020:

Hi Jeshurun,

Thank you for your visit and adding to this revelation.

God bless!

Jeshurun from Nellore AP India on July 27, 2020:

Dear Sister,

Thank you very much writing on

Praising it is second commadment given by Jesus in New Testament while singing,it makes us present in paradise.....

Tamarajo (author) on April 13, 2019:

Hello Edwin,

This is certainly a lesson I need to revisit myself.

I wonder if that isn't why God was so frustrated with His people complaining. He couldn't do anything for them with it. It was like glorifying the enemy forces.

I appreciate your visit and comment especially considering it is something I needed to be reminded of today. I'm glad the lesson was useful.

God bless,

Tamarajo

Edwin Alcantara from California on April 13, 2019:

I never thought of praise that way before. Didn't realize it was a powerful, spiritual weapon too. Thanks for the new insight.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on April 04, 2014:

Tam, Blessings to you dear and precious sister. I absolutely love how you laid out this most beautiful and capturing writing. It is no doubt that this writing is anointed. The power of the Spirit jumped out onto the pages into my heart. I have tears. I know how praise helps us to win our battles. God is so amazing, He did not leave us powerless. In Christ all things are possible. Something that has helped me as well is to look at the cross and to start speaking my blessings out loud thanking the Lord God.

I always learn a great deal in your amazing work. The Hebrew really helps one to understand on a higher level. Praise to God. All Glory to Him. I am listening to the video as I type. Very nice.' He is the only one deserving God'

May Gods wisdom abound in you dear sister and in all of your comings and goings. You are a blessing to behold. I love you dear friend. I am honored to be reminded of His Blessings and how Praise to the Christ is a major weapon in warding off the enemy of our souls the devil himself. Alleluia and Amen, sister.

Sending warm hugs. I have shared this precious works and voted. I am blessed by you through Christ. Great video!

Skye

Tamarajo (author) on March 31, 2014:

Hello Deborah, I am so glad that this revelation is useful to you. God is so good that way! We can always count on Him to reveal to us just what we need just when we need it.

God bless!! and thank you for taking the time to comment

Deborah L Vasquez from Palmdale, California on March 27, 2014:

I so needed this teaching in my life right now!! A word in do season, thank you so much for your obedience to the Holy Spirit!

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on January 03, 2014:

I'm glad you stayed too. It gives me some encouragement and strength to know that I can pray for you and to know you will pray for me. Love you sister.

Tamarajo (author) on December 28, 2013:

Hi Bob, We have a very modern contemporary style of worship at our church that does seem to appeal more to the younger crowd. I am so grateful for the older ones that stick around in spite of that. The youngers truly need their stability. (our I should say...I'm the older crowd now I guess : ) Think its important that we don't worship our worship. I've seen it happen.

Our church went through a major transition several years ago as well and I didn't agree with nor like the changes that were made and sometimes still don't like or agree with some of it but I felt the Lord was wanting us to stay put because this was where he wanted us to serve and so we do.

Church isn't always about what we get or want out of it. We are the church and are called to serve and "Worship" Him. I think if we stay in that vein of personal worship He will lead us in the right way.

Thank you for your added insight. Always blessed by your visits. Bless you Bob!

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on December 27, 2013:

Praise is the unifying force in the church and the dividing factor also at times. I learned this first hand in the current happenings in our church body. We had a pastor that founded the church 30 years prior get sick and consequently lost his memory for a time. The church had no choice but to name a successor as senior pastor. As it turned out the pastor's son was ready and quite able to assume the roll. Here is the part that is so interesting: The young man had a new style of preaching and praise. The model set for our church had been changing but not fast enough, it seems. The new praise is much more vocal and literally louder. The songs all new to me. The presentation all new to me. But the church has exploded with new faces, excitement on every one of them! People accepting Jesus as Lord has grown at a phenomenal rate. I, as an older person that had been there for thirty plus years am having a time adjusting to the new things there. Some of the older members like me have decided to leave to find a church that praised like we used to. I am in awe of the thought that we are to use the we do praise as an offensive weapon against evil. I need to remember that. I believe that thought may help others that are thinking that the only way for them to go is out the door. I know some of those people have still not found what they are looking for. Thank you, Tam.

Tamarajo (author) on September 16, 2013:

I have missed you too Skye and missed being present at hubpages for awhile. Hopefully as the school year settles in I can get back to a better routine and be on more frequently.

Glad to have you stop by and read will be stopping by soon.

Hugs and love to you too. Skye. Your such a blessing.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on September 15, 2013:

My dearest Tam. Hello precious sister. I have missed you. Time goes by so quickly. It seems the older I get the quicker it goes. I love your picture of Kylee Jo. What a beautiful and precious name. She is adorable.

Again your works for our Lord are impeccable. I must come back to finish the reading but I wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I think of you often precious sister. I do pray all is well with you and yours. God can as you so well put it in your last paragraph. I will return to give your writing the justice due in reading to the full. You always have so much to share and God moves in you girl. I love you . Walk with Jesus sister. You will no doubt. Phil 4:13

Hugs your way. Love you. Skye

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on May 04, 2013:

Thank you Tamarajo

Tamarajo (author) on May 04, 2013:

Amen lambservant...there is nothing that comforts me more in trial then His Word and praise as well. I Will pray for God's mighty deliverance in your trial.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on May 04, 2013:

I have been going through a great trial in the last 24 hours and find no comfort but in meditating on God's word, particularly verses of praise.

Tamarajo (author) on May 04, 2013:

Hello lambservant, yes praise is powerful because it invites the powerful One to the scene of our lives and circumstance. Awhile ago there was some deep conflicts occurring in a family members life. My husband was trying to resolve it by talking with one of the people on the phone to no avail. Resistance abounded. I decided to go to another room and pray feeling defeated. I began to praise God that He knew and cared and believed He is good despite this difficulty. Within minutes of praising my husband came to find me and said the conflict had been resolved. Our God is incredibly powerful. He simply wants to be invited.

As the scriptures you quoted declare He is above all.

Thank you for reading and glad the revelation is useful to you.

Tamarajo (author) on May 04, 2013:

Hello Blossom. You are correct our enemies are not people in reference to this article they are the spiritual forces that work behind the scenes in our lives as mentioned in the article based on the scripture that "we wrestle not against flesh and blood..." when it comes to people you are correct we are commanded to love and leave retribution to God.

Thank you for your visit and comment

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on May 03, 2013:

This was very powerful. Praise and prayer send the devil running. You revealed praise in a way I had never considered too much. The Scriptures I copied down. The Holy Spirit surely did speak to me. Your Kylee is precious.

Be exalted O God, above the heavens,

and let Your glory be over all the earth.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on May 03, 2013:

I especially love the praise parts of your hub. I'm not so sure about praying for God to destroy and triumph over our enemies, I thought we're supposed to love them. I think I'll leave any retribution to God.

Tamarajo (author) on May 03, 2013:

I will be interested to check out the book as well as the Twill4jc's hub.

shofarcall on May 03, 2013:

Hi again,

Yes, all her music is sung in Hebrew/English. Her and her husband have a ministry in the hills behind Mt. Carmel. They used to have a joint ministry with Peter Tsukahira who wrote God's Tsunami. Amazing book. Only book he has ever written and I believe Spirit led. Have you read the hub on praise/worship by Twill4jc. Well worth reading. I hope that is right - not sure whether it is JC or jc.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 03, 2013:

I'm praying with you.

Tamarajo (author) on May 03, 2013:

I found one by her titled "Here in Your Presence" On YouTube with Psalm 91 lyrics. it's beautiful and she sings some of it in Hebrew. Love it.

Tamarajo (author) on May 03, 2013:

No I haven't heard it but I will look it up. I would like to add that element of being hidden from the enemy as well to the article sometime.

Thank you for your prayers.

shofarcall on May 03, 2013:

Tamarajo, there is a beautiful song too, sung by Karen Davies who lives in Israel. Do you know it. "In the secret place, of the most High God, in the shadow of the Almighty - I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge; my God in whom I trust."

Am praying for you for your 24 hour fast/prayer time.

Tamarajo (author) on May 03, 2013:

Thank you LG learning to live these lessons is the true challenge. I'm glad you found this revelation insightful and most of all practical.

Blessed by your visit and encouragement. And setting myself to prayer today for the "Great American Fast"

Tamarajo (author) on May 03, 2013:

Hello Shofarcall, In response to your comment about being a praiser and how you connected this with feeling protected by Him I was thinking of Psalm 91 "dwelling in the secret place of the Most High under the shadow of His wings" keeping in mind that this is a song. It can be seen in this that when we praise Him and His presence comes it covers and hides us from the plots and schemes of the enemy.

Blessed to know your a praiser. Thank you for the added insight and supportive example. Blessed by your visit.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 03, 2013:

TJ,

As always, your hubs are enlightening and educational as well as practical. This one is no exception. Thanks for many things to ponder - oh, and I love the picture of Kylee Jo.

shofarcall on May 03, 2013:

Dear Tamarajo,

I felt my spirit quickening as I read this hub...... I am a "praiser!"

It has given me such a huge insight into the possibility of why I feel so protected by our Lord!

I am always thinking, singing, verbalising, praising his great mercies, kindness, love and awe at His great works and that NOTHING is impossible with Him. Whether I'm washing up the dishes, getting from A-B, gardening etc etc etc. my thoughts, singing, praise etc is with the Glory of God. And especially in the difficult times. And I feel such gratitude that the Lord saw fit to save "a wretch such as me."

Thank you sister for these great insights. I will be reading it again. And probably again.

Go forth into all your battles praising the Lord mightily. God Bless.

PS Love each of the pictures used as well. xx