I Samuel 4:5-8a describes the reaction of the Israelites and the Philistines as the "Ark of God" was carried into the camp.
[And it happened] As the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth resounded. When the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, "What does the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?" Then they understood that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp. The Philistines were afraid, for they said, "God has come into the camp." And they said, "Woe to us! Who shall deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods?" I Samuel 4:5-8a (NASB)
As the Ark of the Covenant, which in part symbolized the manifested presence of God, was restored into the camp, an extravagant response came forth. All Israel shouted with a great shout. This violent reaction created a stir amongst the enemy. Fear fell upon the Philistines as they acknowledged that God was in their midst.
So in our day, as the manifested presence of God is restored to the Church, unusual reactions and responses are coming forth. Extravagant praise, militant intercession, warring with the gift of tongues, groaning, travail, shouting, and even laughter. Psalm 47:5a (NKJV) declares that"God has gone up with a shout." Psalm 89:15a (NKJV) states, "Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!" We are living in a day when the intercessory sounds of deliverance are coming forth.
Prophetically, I say, "The sounds of deliverance are just beginning. This new surge of the Spirit will grow mightily, and the sound of war will be heard in the Church again." In other words, "Hold on to your seat; you ain't heard nothing yet!"
The High Praises of God
A. The Entrance into His Presence
1. Psalm 100:4 (NASB) tells us, "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name."
2. As you enter into praise, meditate on the provision the Lord has made for you through the Blood of Jesus (see Hebrews 10:19; 12:24 NASB).
B. Praise God for Who He Is!
1. The source of praise is the Holy Spirit activating your spirit/soul to express approval and adoration of God's greatness.
a. Psalm 51:15 (NASB) O Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise.
b. Psalm 119:164 (NASB) Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous ordinances.
2. As you begin to praise the Lord, your spirit and soul will rise up to higher levels of exuberance and joy. You will become enlightened with a revelation of WHO HE IS! You will then find faith rising up within, declaring,"Nothing is too difficult for You (God)" (Jeremiah 32:17b, NASB).
C. Thank Him for What He Has Done (and what He will continue to do)
1. Thanksgiving awakens your love toward God, as you acknowledge that you are His child.
2. Thank Him that He gives every good and perfect gift to you (see James 1:17).
3. Respond with joy to Him for His benefits and ways.
a. Proverbs 3:6 (NASB) In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
b. Psalm 116:12,17 (NASB) What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?...To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving...
D. Seven Hebrew Words
1. Towdah - Sacrifice of thanksgiving or praise; to render thanksgiving or praise. See Psalm 42:4; 100:4.
2. Yadah - To throw, thrust, or cast away from; hands outward; to throw hands into the air. See Psalm 67:3; 107:8, 15, 21, 31.
3. Barak - To bless, to give thanks and praise to God because He has given out of His abundance; to bless as an act of adoration, to kneel. See Psalm 31:21; 63:4; 95:6.
4. Halal - To make a show or boast, to be clamorously foolish, to go about in a raging or raving way, to dance, to celebrate. See Psalm 56:4; 150:1-2.
5. Zamar - To celebrate with instruments, to praise the Lord skillfully on an instrument, to touch strings with the fingers. See Psalm 21:13; 33:2; 98:4.
6. Tehillah - Imperative summons to praise Jehovah. A psalm or a hymn, by choirs, with dancing and expressive speaking; festal jubilation. See Psalm 22:3,25; 33:1; 35:28.
7. Shabach - To praise, comment, soothe, still; adoration towards the power, glory, and sanctity of the Lord; to praise God for His mighty acts and deeds; to triumph in a loud voice. See Psalm 63:3; 117:1; 147:12.
E. Examples of Bodily Expression through Praise
1. When you clap your hands and stomp your feet, you portray your excitement (2 Kings 11:12; Psalm 98:8; Isaiah 55:12; Lamentations 2:15; Ezekiel 6:11).
2. When you stand up, march, or walk, you portray readiness to serve or to go (Genesis 13:17; Deuteronomy 11:22-25; Joshua 1:15; Psalm 68:7-8).
3. When you lift your hands, you are worshipping and surrendering to God (Exodus 17:8-16; 1 Kings 8:22-24; Psalm 28:2; 63:3-4; 134:2; 141:2; Luke 24:50-51; 1 Timothy 2:8; Hebrews 12:12).
4. When you dance, you express great joy (1 Samuel 18:6-7; Psalm 30:11; 149:3; Jeremiah 31:13; Luke 15:11-24).
5. When you sing, you express gladness of heart (Psalm 68:25; 100:2; 108:1; Proverbs 29:6; Isaiah 26:19; 65:13-14; Jeremiah 31:7; Zechariah 2:10; 1 Corinthians 14:15; James 5:13; Revelation 15:3).
6. When you play skillfully on an instrument, you show forth adoration (1 Samuel 16:23; 18:67; 2 Chronicles 5:13-14; 34:12; Psalm 33:3).
7. When you fall prostrate (fall down flat in homage to royalty or to God), you portray deep emotion and total surrender to God (Psalm 72:11; Isaiah 45:14).
8. When you kneel, you are portraying humility and dependence upon God (2 Chronicles 6:13; Matthew 17:14; Mark 1:40). Kneeling is asking for mercy (Luke 22:41; Acts 9:40; 21:5).
9.When you sit down or keep silent, you show forth rest and trust in God (Exodus 14:14; Joshua 6:10; Job 2:13; Proverbs 13:3; 17:27; Amos 5:13; Matthew 8:4; 12:16; 27:14; Luke 23:9; John 8:6).
F. What Does Extravagant Praise Do?
1. It blesses the Lord (Psalm 66:8; Luke 24:52-53).
2. It brings you into His presence and draws you closer to Him (Psalm 100:4).
3. It opens doors and makes rough places smooth (Isaiah 60:18; Acts 16:25-26).
4. It defeats the devil (Psalm 149:5-9; 2 Kings 11:13-14).
5. It brings revival (2 Chronicles 31:2; 34:12; Psalm 107:32).
6. It keeps you happy and gives you joy (Isaiah 61:1-3; Acts 2:45-47).
(This outline is part of the "Compassionate Prophetic Intercessor" by James W. Goll.)
Blessings to You!
James W. Goll
Encounters Network • PrayerStorm • Compassion Acts
Dr. James W. Goll is the President of Encounters Network, Director of Prayer Storm, and coordinates Encounters Alliance, a coalition of leaders. He is Director of God Encounters Training – e-school of the heart, and is a member of the Harvest International Ministries apostolic team. He has shared Jesus in more than 50 nations worldwide teaching and imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. James is the prolific author of numerous books and has also produced multiple study guides and hundreds of audio and video messages. James was married to Michal Ann for 32 years before her graduation to Heaven in the fall of 2008. James has four adult children who all love Jesus, and continues to make his home in the rolling hills of Franklin, Tennessee.