What a sight it must have been when the song of the Lord was again sung in Jerusalem for the first time in almost a century! Seventy years of captivity in cruel Babylon gave way to a restoration of praise and worship. With praise, thanksgiving, and shouting, the people of God jubilantly rejoiced, saying, “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” (Ezra 3:11).
Even today God is restoring praise and worship to His Church. Ezra 3:13 tells us that “the joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud commotion that could be heard far in the distance.” And so will our praise be heard by a lost world that is waiting for some sound of the joy of the Lord.
Satan hates the praises of God, for they represent a regathered people, a determined people, and an evangelistic people. Also, some people will not understand our praise because the man without the Spirit does not understand those things that come from the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Praise releases the waiting hand of God. Decide today to stay in the “praising crowd.” After all, that is your destiny throughout all eternity!
REJOICE in the LORD, O ye righteous: [for] praise is comely for the upright.
Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery [and] an instrument of ten strings.
Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
For the word of the LORD [is] right; and all his works [are done] in truth.
He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. (Psalms 33:1-5)
Peace and Blessings