The next dimension of praise is, "Shabach," It is actually he fourth dimension of praise, but I haven't been doing them in order as I should have. It means to "address in a loud voice." particularly with a sense of triumph. The words used to translate Shabach include, "glory" and "glorify" (see 1 Chronicles 16:35, Psalm 63:3; 106:47), "commend" (see Psalm 145:4; Eccl. 8:15), and "extol" (see Psalm 117:1; 147:12).
I wonder what would happen in our churches and our homes if we would truly glorify the Lord with a voice of triumph. Some of our dead churches that are so quiet and dignified would wake up if someone had the unmitigated gall to "Shabach God one time during their service. I believe it was Jesus that said, "If you won't or don't praise me, the rocks will cry out." Well, I for one don't need no rock crying out for me because God has been too good to be to keep quiet. I am going to praise him while I have a chance. I am going to shout unto the God of my salvation with a voice of triumph.
When we address the Lord with a loud voice of triumph, we commend Him for His character and nature. And we commend Him to fulfill all He has said He will do. We approach Him with shabach because we want Him to respond to our need. In (Joshua 6:1-5), God spoke to Joshua and said these words: "Look sharp now. I've already given Jericho to you, along with its king and its crack troops. Here is what you are to do: March around the city, all your soldiers. circle the city once, Repeat this for six days. Have the seven priests carry seven ram's hon trumpets in front on the Chest, (Ark of the Covenant). On the seventh day march around the city seven times, the priests blowing away on the trumpets (zamar). And then, a long blast on the ram's horn- (zamar)when you hear that, all the people are to shout (shabach) at the top of their lungs. The city wall will collapse at once. all the people are to enter, every man straight on in."
Though this sounds pretty silly as a military strategy, nevertheless Joshua did not question the Lord. He followed his instructions and the Lord wrought a great battle that day through Israel's obedience. As people of God we forget that our praise is actually a military strategy against the gates of hell! Praise should be our weapon of choice. It exacts terror and vengeance on the enemy.
Have you ever watched a child praise and worship? I have watched my granddaughter Jayla many times. As a toddler, she began praising the Lord. She would join in with the choir singing and repeating a few words that she caught on to.Then she would clap her hands and jump around like she was having a fit, all wild and crazy. Lol. But when children praise God, they have nothing else on their minds. Therefore, when they sing, "Let my life bring praise to you Lord," like my little one does, they mean what they say in all simplicity. Older people, on the other hand are often busy trying to perform, and worrying about what they sound like, or wondering when the service will be over so that they can go get a bucket of chicken, catch the sale at their favorite store, or catch their favorite sports team on TV.
But God is completely absent from their thoughts. Both groups are singing the same song, but they have two different mentalities, two distinct attitudes. One is pure; the other is contaminated by division of thought. God wants praise from all people. He wants our love for Him and our praise to but like that of children who come to us, hug us, and say, "I like you." In such moments, we know their love is real They aren't considering how they can use us to get something or how they can make us love them. When Jayla says, "Nana I love you." This is all that she is thinking about, how much she loves me. There is no plotting going on in her mind and no hidden motive.
What if we as adults could relearn how to welcome God like children do? Now I am not talking about being childish! I'm talking about being, "childlike- that is, as little children who are pure in thought, motive, and actions. This praise stills the enemy of our souls:
"From the lips of children and infants You have ordained prasie because of Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger" (Psalm 8:1).. Most of the time when we adults come to God and say,"I love you," we have this long list in the back of our mind that we want Him to fulfill. Or we are worrying about our families, or about the mortgage, the car payment, or some other bill. We aren't really focusing on God. He is not our heart's true desire. Instead, we are trying to get Him to give us what we want. This is not pure praise because we are not approaching God in truth. When we "Shabach" God we're saying, " I don;t see my victory right now Lord, but I am going to praise You in advance, because this is the victory that overcome the world, even my faith." I am commending God, boasting about his power to deliver before my deliverance and victory is a visible. I wouldn't serve a God that I did not believe could lead help me overcome the power of the enemy over my life. So therefore I'm going to , "Shabach" (Boast) about God's ability to keep His promises to the children of God.
I hope this teaching helps you to understand that sometimes we have to "cry loud and spare not." I believe there is a sound that heaven is waiting for some of us to send out. Who is on the Lord's side? If you are, you better MAKE SOME NOISE!
And as Always: "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!" Good Day and Be Blessed