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The Praise Factor: Factors of Praise | Sermon on Praise

Praise Factor - Sermon on Praise | High Street Church

Welcome to the second week reflection on "The Praise Factor" series. Our hope is that this recap brings you encouragement and growth as you continue your week! In Pastor Marty’s sermon, he delved into the "Factors of Praise," highlighting how different aspects of our praise can deepen our relationship with God and enrich our spiritual lives.

Understanding the Factors of Praise

Pastor Marty introduced several key elements that contribute to a meaningful and powerful expression of praise:

  • Todah: This Hebrew word means to extend hands in adoration and thanksgiving. It's an act of offering gratitude to God, acknowledging His goodness and mercy in our lives.

  • Zamar: Referring to making music and singing praises to God, zamar emphasizes the beauty and power of worship through music. It’s a reminder that music is a gift from God meant to bring us closer to Him.

A New Testament Perspective

In 2 Chronicles 20:21-22, we see an example of these factors in action. When King Jehoshaphat appointed singers to praise the Lord as they went out ahead of the army, their praise led to a miraculous victory over their enemies. This passage illustrates that our praise can be a powerful weapon in spiritual battles, bringing about God’s intervention in our lives.

The Power of Unified Praise

Acts 16:25-26 (NIV)

"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose."

Spiritual Breakthroughs Through Praise

As believers, we must recognize that praise is not just a personal act but a communal one. When we come together in unified praise, we invite God's presence and power into our midst. The story of Paul and Silas reminds us that praise can lead to miraculous breakthroughs and freedom, even in the most challenging circumstances.

God’s Faithfulness

Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. This means that our praise creates a dwelling place for God’s presence. Knowing this should inspire us to make praise a central part of our daily lives, trusting that God is always faithful and present with us.

A Call to Praise

As we reflect on these factors, let’s make a conscious effort to incorporate them into our daily worship. Whether through extending our hands in thanksgiving, making music, or praising God in the midst of trials, our praise has the power to transform our lives and bring us closer to God.


Take time this week to reflect on these points

  1. Extend Your Hands: Practice todah by extending your hands in prayer and thanksgiving. Take a moment each day to thank God for His blessings and express your adoration.

  2. Make Music: Incorporate zamar into your worship by singing or playing music. Whether alone or with others, let your musical praise be an offering to God.

  3. Unite in Praise: Find opportunities to praise God with others. Join a worship service, a life group, or simply gather with family and friends to lift up God’s name together.

  4. Seek Breakthroughs: In times of difficulty, follow the example of Paul and Silas. Lift your voice in praise and trust that God can bring about miraculous changes in your situation.

  5. Trust God’s Presence: Remember that God inhabits the praises of His people. As you praise Him, trust that He is with you, faithful and true, ready to intervene in your life.


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