Restoring The High Praises
Articles - Worship
by Lyn Packer
The Unleashing Of Governing Praise
God is causing a new sound of praise to arise in the church in this day. It's a sound of authority, it's a sound that shifts things in the spirit realm; it's the sound of governing praise. It's the sound of the High Praises of God being released to bind kings and execute judgement.
Psa 149:6-9 "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations and punishment 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 an honor for all His godly ones. Praise the LORD."
In Ps 149:6-9 we see a type of praise and worship that the church globally has yet to fully step into. It's a sound that occasionally individual churches have stepped into for small periods of time but have not taken it to its place of fullness. This type of praise is a governing praise. It literally will topple kings and nobles in the spirit realm from their positions of authority. The Lord says this is a part of what he has honoured us with; the destruction of ruling principalities to make an open heaven so that the glory of God may be seen in all the earth
Preference or Presence
But for many of the church who have fallen into the trap of Preference worship instead of Presence Worship it will be a sound that they will not want to hear. Let me take a minute to explain what I mean by Preference worship and Presence worship. Preference worship is when our agenda, our timetable, our musical preferences are given higher priority in our worship times than the presence of the Lord. Most of us would say we allow the Lord to come and we want him too. But the test comes when the timetable says its time to move onto the next part of our service and we shut down what God is doing. That is when our preferences speak louder than our words.
We have not built a culture in our churches that says God comes first, we have built a culture that says we do. In many churches today the culture of preference worship is present to the point where people wander in late after worship has started and some people don't even bother to arrive at church until worship is over with. As leaders and Pastors we can easily go along with that because we too have our preferences and even let them rule. Because of that we don't address it because to address it would mean we have to look at what we have built. But the day will come for each of us when we have to look at what we have built, we cannot ignore it forever.
But back to the sound of the High Praises that God wants us to unleash. We so often think of worship and praise as somehow being 'nice'. It pleases God when we worship Him and it does. But we have in many cases overlooked either deliberately or by ignorance the governing side of our worship.
Scripture refers to us as Kings and Priests and the job of a King is to govern. The job of a King includes keeping his lands safe by force if necessary. We see in scripture a very clear picture of the danger that can befall a King who does not go to war when it is the time when Kings go to war.
2 Sam 11:1 "Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem."
David was a King who decided to stay home in the time of war. He didn't realize that the war was not just a war for a nation but was a war he personally needed to be involved in. He didn't go to battle to protect what was his and take new ground.and the result of that was that he became an adulterer and a murderer. How many of us have neglected to go to war in our own lives and it has lead to us compromising and sinning?
It is a time for war and yet we hear the church crying 'Peace, peace' when there is no peace. Sir Winston Churchill once said "Peace comes only to those who are willing to fight to maintain the ground they have already won." Is that us, are we willing to fight to maintain the ground that either we personally have won or that Christ won for us on the cross?
Release the sound
A sound waits to be released into the earth. It is the sound of the High praises of God. It is a sound that will establish the authority of the sons of God on the earth. God will not release that sound for us and will not take authority for us. He has done that already on the cross when Jesus released a sound that echoes for all eternity – "It is finished" and now we get to enforce that victory in the earth.
Note that we get to enforce that victory with God's strength and help. We cannot do it in our own strength but God and we working together can do it.
David released a sound when he went against Goliath (the sound of his sling whizzing and the words of faith and victory he released) that sound released something in the spirit realm as David released the stone that would give the victory to the Israeli army. David saw from Gods perspective. He saw that the enemy had no legal right to defy them and he decreed it and then enforced that decree.
Isaiah 30:32 "And every blow of the rod of punishment, which the LORD will lay on him, will be with the music of tambourines and lyres; And in battles, brandishing weapons, He will fight them."
We see in this verse that God uses music and worship to become a rod of punishment to bring our enemies into subjection. In Ps 149 it says that it is "to execute on them the judgement written." What is the judgement written? It is the judgement of the Lord of Hosts. What does the word of God say? Find out what the judgement is against them and execute it. God has given you that authority "What you bind on earth has already been bound in heaven and what you loose on earth has already been loosed in heaven." Matt 16:19
The Word also tells us that as Priests and Kings "You shall decree a thing and it shall be established." Job22:28
Now is the time to release the sound of governing praise over your personal lives, over our churches and over our nations.
Third Heaven / New Covenant worship perspective
It's all very well to say we must release the High Praises but what are they and how do we do it.
In Psalm 149 the words "High praises" come from two Hebrew words that mean – Strongs H7138 exaltation, praise and Strongs H7426 to rise, lift oneself up, mount up.
To release the sound of the High praises of God we must come into that place of exalting Him for who He is and seeing from a Heavenly perspective. We release High Praises when we praise and worship from a Third Heaven or New Covenant worship perspective of being seated with Christ in Heavenly places. No longer are we worshipping from earth trying to break through to heaven (going through the outer court etc but stopping outside, at the entrance to the Holy of Holies) but we worship from the place of everlasting and immediate access (inside the Holy of Holies, which is in heaven itself, because of the torn veil). I address this whole thing of Third Heaven Worship perspective in more depth elsewhere so I won't go into any more detail here on what it means to worship from a third heaven, new covenant perspective. Suffice it to say many of us still worship from an old covenant perspective at least partially because we have not fully got the revelation of what Christ did for us when He died and rose again triumphantly...
We must begin to see from a Third Heaven perspective and praise from that perspective. That perspective sees the victory of God and declares it into the Earth and into the second heaven; that sort of praise and worship issues forth from those who know who God has made them and walk in it. Does that mean it's all about us – seeing "who we are?" Of course not but it is about knowing what Christ did and what he won back for us on the cross.
It is time for a new sound of praise to be released into the earth. It's the sound of faith-filled governing praise. It's the sound that sees what the Father is doing and hears what He is saying and steps into that place of decreeing by faith His victory in advance of seeing it in the natural realm. That sort of sound releases fear into the camp of the enemy. When the Church rises up and releases the High Praises kings will topple and demonic powers will be bound.
'Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you coastlands and you inhabitants of them! Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare His praise in the coastlands. The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; he shall prevail against his enemies' (Isaiah 42:10-13).