April 15, 2019 | Wanda Alger, IFA Field Correspondent
The Lord recently reminded me of a dream during Easter of 2014. The Lord wanted to remind believers that our high praises to the Lord have resurrection power!
I was awakened from the dream sensing the call of heaven to praise…
In the dream, I had been sitting in a large gathering of believers, getting ready to start worship. There were many gathered even though it didn’t seem very organized. Everyone was sitting and waiting. As the worship leader, I began to raise my voice to declare the goodness of God, even as I was seated in my chair. As I did, I noticed the background noise that seemed to be drowning out my voice. Yet, as I lifted my voice above the distraction, I could feel the pleasure of God. I sensed there were other voices to be heard.
I invited others to speak a sentence or two of praise to usher in God’s presence. Without hesitation, a young woman came to the front with her Bible in hand and lifted her voice to give praise. Even as she made her declaration, others quickly followed to line up and speak out God’s Word in praise. This invitation to declare His goodness was now taking on a life of its own as hungry hearts quickly responded to the call of heaven. It would be His praises that would break through the din of noise and confusion to usher in His presence and bring order to the chaos.
This dream is still relevant today as the Lord is encouraging believers to RISE UP and give Him praise. Even as many have been seated in positions of tarrying and waiting on the Lord, He says to “Rise up and let the praises of God be heard!” The enemy has tried to drown out the praises of God through murmuring, complaining, and false reports of many kinds. But the praises of God can drown out that interference! The distractions that have come to stifle heaven’s praise cannot withstand the praises of a holy people who are in love with the King.
It is the sound of God’s people praising Him for His mighty deeds that can overshadow and overcome the sound of the enemy’s lies and accusations. Some conflicts will not be overturned through rebukes or binding, but will be overcome through those with the praises of God on their lips and the word of God in their hearts. It will be those who have determined to rise up from the place of weariness and defeat to praise Him that can be given authority over the sound of the enemy.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishments on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the judgment written! This is honor for all his godly ones. Praise the LORD! (Ps 149:6-9 ESV)
Even as we continue in steadfast prayer for our nation this resurrection season, let us not forget the power of our praises to defeat and displace the works of the enemy. Remember to start and end your times of prayer with thanksgiving and worship to our Wonderful Redeemer who has broken down every barrier, overturned every work of the devil, and has rolled the stone away defeating death.
RISE UP Church and let the praises of the Most High God be heard in the land this season. Declare His goodness in the land of the living to usher in resurrection life and glory. As you rise up and open your mouth, He will fill it (see Ps 81:10).