The Power of Praise

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Acts 1:8-14

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my

witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After

he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes. (vv. 8-9 NIV)

When Jesus goes up the Holy Spirit comes down.

Jesus’ disciples prepare for Pentecost by praying (v. 14). For ten days after Jesus’
ascension, his disciples continued to look up — in prayer! In between the lines of
Luke’s account, imagine them not just petitioning but praising. Hear them singing songs
about Jesus. See them lifting up their hands and hearts to him.

Know that when we praise our risen and reigning Lord Jesus, we don’t lift him up any
higher. We lift our hands, our hearts, our voices because Jesus is already lifted high. We
do something physically to acknowledge what the Father has already done for his Son
historically.

A little girl doesn’t make her daddy taller by lifting her hands toward him. She just
makes him tender. Something in that daddy wants to reach down when his child reaches up.
In praise we lift up, and then we are lifted up in love.

There is tremendous loss for the disciples in Jesus’ departure. Still, Jesus promises
not to leave them alone (John 14:18). He assures them, and us, that as we reach up, in the
Spirit’s own time and way, he will look down.

PRAYER

Lord, I thank you that praise changes perspective and opens up my life and

heart to your power and your love.