Psalms 149: 1Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
2Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
4For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
5Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
7To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.
Friday July 20, 2001.
It was my birthday. Several weeks before, I had started thanking God for life and asking Him for one Special gift - that I would get pregnant with my son Joshua, whom my husband and I have believed for when we got married the previous year, about eleven months ago.
Just eleven months?! You may be thinking. Well, I was saddled with a catalogue of negative reports from the doctors telling us how impossible it was for us to have a baby. This brought about a lot of anxieties and fears that led us to start fighting for a change. Infact it looked like eleven years.
Now my husband would later tell me that satan had been tormenting him with the words “I will make sure you never have a child!” years before we even met.
So, the weeks preceding Friday July 20, 2001, I had started putting more pressure on the kingdom of darkness and laying claims to my kingdom rights as a child of God.
We had newly been posted to a branch of the church where we serve, but to a different state, and the building needed some renovations. Construction was on going, so the roof was completely off.
This Friday, we were to have an evening service and my husband who was the pastor was busy preparing to minister, he promised to take me out for dinner after the service.
During the praise service the clouds let loose upon us, heavy rain drops started pouring down. Before then I had read testimonies of people who got their miracles as they praised God in a dance, in faith that they have received their miracles. These testimonies spurred my faith and helped me in the pursuit of my desire.
So when one of the ushers came to shield my head with an umbrella I refused. I told myself that I will praise GOD and dance for Him in the rain. As I was dancing, I was praising and thanking Him for the miracle of Joshua. Every one of us in attendance was soaking wet, except for very few who had umbrellas. Our Bibles were all messed and some torn, but we had a great service and I was very sure I was going to get my special birthday request from the Lord.
After service, my husband took me and a beloved couple out to dinner and later back home he deposited a holy seed in me (you know what I mean) and nine months later we held “my special birthday gift from GOD” – Joshua, in our arms.
The GOD, the creator of the universe responds to crazy faith, the faith that emboldens you to do things that ordinary you would not have done. I do not like even the tiniest drop of rain to fall on me because I do not like cold at all. I always run away from rain, but faith in GOD emboldened me to spend several minutes in the rain, soaked to my under wears, dancing and praising God. Halleluyah!
I know you have some pressing needs or some trials or challenging situations you are facing. If you would just praise GOD in the dance, you will see GOD come down and execute judgement upon your enemies and provide for you solutions and ways of escape. Check the scriptures above.
When you praise GOD, you invite Him into the battle and you know our GOD cannot lose any battle.
A beloved friend and sister of mine shared her testimony with me mid 2011, of how she took off her shoes and praised GOD in a crazy dance during a baby dedication service and after five Years of waiting she conceived the second time.
She also shared of how she danced before GOD in the secret of her bedroom and GOD delivered her from what would have been a sour business deal.
Friends, when you praise GOD in sincerity and purity of heart, putting your trust in Who he is and His ability, He cannot resist you. Will you praise HIM? Will you give Him a dance in the midst of your situation as you express your faith in HIM? It could be in your closet, your kitchen, your office, anywhere, not necessarily in the rain. Praise is not a bribe to make GOD do something; it is an expression of your understanding, of Who He is and His ability to meet your needs. God cannot resist genuine, heartfelt praise.
- Joshua and the children of Israel praised God and the wall of Jericho fell flat before them. Joshua 6:11-20
- When King Jehoshaphat put the singers before the army to sing praises to GOD, the Lord set ambushment against the three nations that rose against Judah and they (the three nations) fought and killed one another. 2 Chronicles 20:21-23
- Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to GOD in prison, GOD came down in an earthquake, all the doors of the prison were opened and the chains of all the prisoners were loosened. Acts 16:23 – 26
Come on now; let these testimonies encourage your faith. Go ahead and praise GOD in sincerity and faith, knowing Who He is and what He can do, He comes down in our praises, He will come down for you.
Remember to share your testimony with me.
GOD’s grace and peace!