Our praises cause the devil to loose his grip
Vision given to Mirjam Horak
I saw the false foundations of the enemy are removed by our praises.
As we praise the Lord, I saw the carpet is being pulled from under the grip of the enemy.
Saw his claw and saw the grip he has, but the more our praises rise, the more the carpet is pulled and he looses not only grip, but also “his” ground.
Ever wonder what songs Paul was singing at midnight?
By Warren Horak
Acts 16:25-26 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
The great hallel
I looked up the word used in the scripture for “hymns/psalms” in the above scripture. In Greek this is “humneo” which means the singing of “paschal hymns” the paschal Psalms are specific Psalms which Jews called the “great Hallel” which are seven Psalms, Psalms 113—118 and 136.
We get the word hallelujah from hallel. Literally it means the “great praise”.
Isn’t that awesome that we now know the very songs they were singing that dark night. They were not just singing songs but they were singing the scriptures.
What I find so powerful about these Psalms is that the words fitted in so well with where Paul and Silas were and what God did for them after they prayed and sang aloud.
Note the other prisoners heard them, so don’t be afraid that other people are hearing you when you praise the Lord, they will also be set free by Gods power when shows up.
Your praises give testimony of your faith in God especially when you praise Him when things are not going well for you.
I have listed below some of the key verses from the great hallel Psalms that they were singing in the middle of the night in jail and in chains. Take a look and see how these verses below applied to them and how God honoured their faith filled corporate praises.
God loves unified corporate praise so much, that He shook the foundations of the prison. He loosed their bonds and set them free from jail.
This once again shows us how powerful corporate praise is. Wherever two or more gather in His name, He is there….
“From the rising of the sun to its going down The Lord’s name is to be praised”Psalm 113:3
“He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap” Psalm 113:7
“Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the God of Jacob” Psalm 114:7
“The dead do not praise the Lord, Nor any who go down into silence. 18 But we will bless the Lord From this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!” Psalm 115:17-18
“I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications.2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. 3 The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. 4 Then I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!” Psalm 116:1-4
Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints. 16 O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. 17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord. Psalms 116: 15-17
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2 Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.”3 Let the house of Aaron now say, “His mercy endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the Lord now say, “His mercy endures forever.” 5 I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:1-6 the very same words that Jehoshaphat’s singer’s used when God caused their enemies to destroy each other in 2 Chronicles 20:20-27
I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord. 18 The Lord has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death. 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, And I will praise the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord, Through which the righteous shall enter. 21 I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation.
What a powerful proclamation of faith for Paul and Silas as they were calling and singing those things which are not, as though they were, just as God taught our father Abraham to do – see Romans 4:17.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” Psalm 118:17-21, 29 No matter what dark the enemy puts us into we can sing the ‘great hallel’
PSALM 136:1-3 – Thanksgiving to God for His Enduring Mercy
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2 Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. 3 Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever
It is time to sing the great hallel
Whatever we corporately thank and praise Him for in faith and unity He will give us.
If you are feeling hemmed in on every side like you are in some dark pit or prison, it is time to sing the “great hallel”. It is time we sing the “great praise” as Paul and Silas did.
God will pull the carpet from under the devils feet and we will be set free from the enemies grip.
Over to you
How has He helped you as you praise Him in the storm?
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