– quoted from a worship song
published by Prism Music
WHAT IS PRAISE?
Here’s a definition:
1. To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of personal worth or actions.
2. To extol in words or song; to magnify; to glorify on account of perfections or excellent works.
3. To express gratitude for personal favors.
4. To give honor; to commend and display the excellence of
THE NATURE OF PRAISE
Praise, according to the Scriptures, is an act of our will that flows out of an awe and reverence for our Creator. Praise is an expression of the truth about who God is and what He has done. Praise expresses truth about Jesus, our wonderful Savior. We are essentially coming into agreement with the truth when we praise the Lord. Praise gives glory to God and opens us up to a deeper union with Him. It turns our attention off of our problems and on the nature and character of God Himself. As we focus our minds on God and proclaim His goodness, we reflect His glory back to Him. The results can fill you with peace and contentment ( Isaiah 26:3) and transform your outlook on life. Our God is worthy of praise, and statements of praise are found throughout Scripture.
Angels. “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word.” Ps 103:20
The saints. “Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.” Ps 30:4
The Nations. “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise Him, all ye people.” Ps 117:1
The Children. “And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them,” Yea; have ye never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise’?”” Mt 21:16
People of every station in life, young and old. “Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth! Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above Earth and Heaven. Ps 148:11 – 13
All of Creation. “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD!” Ps 150:6
NO one is without excuse. Praising the Lord is a command. It is our purpose. God created us with the capacity to recognize His majesty and supremacy, to respond to His love and mercy, and to praise Him for all that He is and for all that He has done.
REASONS TO PRAISE
Very simply, we praise God because He is worthy of our praise (1 Chron. 16:25; Rev. 5:11-14). He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is our Creator, Provider, Healer, Redeemer, Judge, Defender and much more.
Another foundational reason to praise God is simple obedience. The Bible says God is a “jealous” God who demands and desires our praise. “You shall have no other gods before Me,” says the first commandment (Deut. 6:7). As the psalmist said, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6).
As we praise God, we will discover incredible benefits for our lives. That’s because human beings were created by God to praise Him (Isa. 43:7, Matt. 21:16). Due to man’s original sin, however, this relationship was disrupted. Praising God helps restore us to that right relationship, for God actually dwells in the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). As we draw near to the Father in praise, He draws near to us (James 4:8).
Praise is also our ultimate destiny. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns again to earth, all creation — including prideful mankind — will recognize His glory and praise Him. (Phil. 2:9-11)
HOW ARE WE TO PRAISE THE LORD?
WITH UNDERSTANDING “For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.” Ps 47:7
WITH THE SOUL “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” Ps 103:1
WITH THE WHOLE HEART “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all Thy marvellous works.” Ps 9:1
WITH THE MOUTH “O Lord, open Thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth Thy praise.” Ps 51:15
WITH JOY “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise Thee with joyful lips.” Ps 63:5
WITH GLADNESS “Moreover, Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.” 2 Chron 29:30
WITH THANKFULNESS “Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God.” Ps 147:7
CONTINUALLY “By Thee have I been held up from the womb: Thou art He that took me out of my mother’s body: my praise shall be continually of thee.” Ps 71:6
TO THE END OF LIFE “I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Ps 104:33
MORE AND MORE “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise Thee more and more.” Ps 71:14
Our God plans and does all things well! Praise the Lord!
WHAT ARE SOME SPECIFIC ACTS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR WHICH WE CAN PRAISE THE LORD?
Praise Him for Who He is!
“Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.”
“Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.”
“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.”
“Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” Ex 15:11
“I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and for Thy truth: for Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name.”
“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, that they should praise the beauty of His holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, ‘Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever’.”
“Be Thou exalted, LORD, in Thine own strength: so will we sing and praise Thy power.”
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He hath visited and redeemed His people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David.” Luke 1:68 & 69
Do you know Jesus?
The decision to ask Jesus to come into your heart and life as your Lord and Savior is the best decision you could ever make! The one true God is ready to give you forgiveness and eternal life as soon as you understand your need for Him and believe on the name of His only Son, Jesus, for your salvation. Here’s a blog page link to help you find the answers to your questions about Jesus. http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/do-you-know-jesus/