What Is Praise
Psalm 9:1 (NLT)
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
- Expressing to God our appreciation and understanding of his worth
- First part of our prayers
- Saying thank you to God
- Your inward attitude becomes an outward expression. Or maybe you begin to express outwardly in order to change your attitude
Singing Praises to God
Judges 5:1 (NLT)On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:
- Music and singing were a cherished part of Israel’s culture
- This is a victory song, proclaiming God’s greatness and giving him credit
- Songs of praise focus our attention on God and remind us of his faithfulness
- Whether you are in victory or dilemma, singing praises to God can have a positive effect on your attitude.
Begin Your Day With Praise
1 Chronicles 15:16 & 25 (NIV)
16 David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.
25 So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of units of a thousand went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-Edom, with rejoicing.
- This musical procession was designed to accompany a great occasion
- Starting any task (or day) praising God can: heighten the excitement, elevate our hearts and minds, inspire us to give our best, focuses our attention, and allows us to experience great joy and strength to face what is ahead
Praise God Continually
1 Chronicles 16:4 (NLT)
4 David appointed the following Levites to lead the people in worship before the Ark of the Lord—to invoke his blessings, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel.
- There were certain Levites appointed to give continual praise and thanks to God
- Praise and thanksgiving should be a regular part of our days
- Praising God continually will keep you from taking his blessings for granted
2 Chronicles 5:13 (NLT)
13 The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words:
“He is good! His faithful love endures forever!”
At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord.
- Our worship should start by acknowledging God’s presence and goodness
- Praise God first and then you will be ready to present your needs to him
- Recalling God’s love and mercy will inspire you to worship him daily
Praise God For What He Has Done
Ezra 3:10-11 (NLT)
10 When the builders completed the foundation of the Lord’s Temple, the priests put on their robes and took their places to blow their trumpets. And the Levites, descendants of Asaph, clashed their cymbals to praise the Lord, just as King David had prescribed. 11 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord:
“He is so good!
His faithful love for Israel endures forever!”
Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid.
- No one tried to get praise for their hard work. Instead, everyone praised God for what had been done.
- All good gifts come from God – talents, abilities, strength, and leadership
- We should thank God for what has been done in and through us
Prayer To Praise
Psalm 54:3-4 (NLT)
3 For strangers are attacking me;
violent people are trying to kill me.
They care nothing for God.
4 But God is my helper.
The Lord keeps me alive!
- Many of David’s psalms follow this pattern – a transition from prayer to praise
- Do not be afraid to express your true feelings and needs to God and allow your spirit to be lifted.
- God is your helper, protector, and friend
Praise God Daily
Psalm 61:8 (NLT)
Then I will sing praises to your name forever
as I fulfill my vows each day.
- Praise God each day – through both the good and the difficult times
- Finding something to praise God for each day will elevate your heart
Praise God for His Glorious Deeds
Psalm 103:1 (all of 103) – NLT
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
- All of 103 list plenty of reasons we have to praise God…
- He pardons our iniquities
- He heals our diseases
- He redeems us from death
- He crowns us with lovingkindess and compassion
- He satisfies our desires
- He gives us righteousness and justice
- Count your blessings – past, present, and future
Praise the Lord!
Taken from Psalm 146 – 150 (take time to read these)
Each of these begins and ends with
“Praise the Lord”
- Where, why, and how to praise God
- Praise takes our minds off our problems and focuses them on God
- Praise can take us from individual meditation to corporate worship
- Praise causes us to appreciate God’s character
- Praise lifts our perspective from earthly to heavenly
Luke 11:2-4 (NLT)
Jesus said, “This is how you should pray:
“Father, may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
Give us each day the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation.”
- First Jesus praised God and then made his requests
- Praising God first puts us in the right frame of mind
- Our prayers should be a conversation with God, not just a list of all our needs
No Matter the Circumstance – Praise God
Acts 16:22-25 (NLT)
A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.
- Paul and Silas were stripped, beaten, and placed in stocks in jail
- Despite their situation, they praised God
- No matter our circumstances, we too should praise God
- Be an example for others. Others may be listening and watching.
Sacrifice of Praise
Hebrews 13:15-16 (NIV)
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
- Praise is a sacrifice that we can offer anywhere, anytime
- Thank God for his sacrifice on the cross
- We can sacrifice and praise God by helping (doing good) for others