A man was trying to teach his horse to obey and to stop and start on command. The man was a very religious man, so he came up with a couple of religious statements to use as command words while training his horse. He trained the horse to go on the phrase, “Praise the Lord!” He also trained the horse to stop on the command word, “Hallelujah!”
One day he was riding the horse and it took off. He lost control of the horse and in the moment he forgot his command words. The horse had been trained to respond only to those key words. In the near distance was a cliff, at which the horse was heading full speed. The man desperately tried to think of every religious word that he had ever heard of. “Amen! Jesus saves! Worthy! Holy!” But nothing worked.
Just as the horse approached the edge of the cliff, the man shouted out, “Hallelujah!” Immediately, the horse stopped on the precipice. The man wiped his head and said, “Whew, Praise the Lord!”
Praising the Lord (whether it’s done alone, in the presence of other believers, or by means of a virtual assembly) is not some kind of casual meaningless activity. There is great power in spiritual praise!
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens! Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:1-2; 6 ESV)