1. Praise and Worship Honours God Perfectly
In Luke 11 Jesus taught us to begin prayer with praise in order to honour and glorify God. Psalm 29:1-2 tells us to give God the glory that is due Him. Praise helps us to focus on God, and who He is, and His greatness.
“And He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom comes.” – Luke 11:2
“Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array.” – Psalm 29:1-2
2. Praise and Worship Helps Us Focus on God Almighty Alone
Psalm 22:3 says that God inhabits the praises of His people. As we praise Him, we raise up a throne or structure for Him to fill (2 Chronicles 5:13). Praise sensitizes us to God’s presence and helps us take our focus off of ourselves and onto Him.
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” – Psalm 22:3
“In unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud.” – 2 Chronicles 5:13.
3. Praise and Worship Helps Us to Know God and His Divine Will
It helps us to focus on His character and His attributes. As we praise Him, we rehearse our knowledge of Him, and we come to know Him as what we praise Him to be.
4. Praise and Worship Breaks the Enemy’s Oppression
In Acts 16:25-26 Paul and Silas praised God and the doors in the prison they were in were opened and they escaped. Praise lifts us out of oppression, and praising God also helps us out of our self-centred ways.
“But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were unfastened. – Acts 16:25-26.
5. Praise and Worship Confuses the Enemy & Forces of Evil
Praise is a spiritual weapon. The power of praise in battles is shown in 2 Chronicles 20, Psalm 8:2, and Psalm 149:5-9. Praise helps us to focus on God and realize our need for Him, and thus turn the battle over to Him. When we do this, God will then bring Victory. This makes Praise and Prayer and Dependence on God great weapons in spiritual warfare.