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WHY SHOULD WE PRAISE THE LORD?

Because He Is

  • Worthy of Thanks

Psalms 107:1,2,8 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

  • Worthy of Praise

2 Samuel 22:4 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.

  • Great

Psalm 48:1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain.

Psalm 96:4 For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.

  • Mighty in Acts

Psalm 150:2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

He is the ultimate authority, the highest power. He is before all things, and greater than all things.

WE SHOULD PRAISE HIM

Because He Chose Us

Luke 10:20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.

  • To Glorify God

Psalm 50:23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.

Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Commanded Us to Praise

  • Through David

Psalm 149:1 Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints.

  • Through Paul

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord…

  • Through John

Revelation 19:5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”

Because It’s Good

Psalms 92:1,2 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to

Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and

Your faithfulness every night.

Because It’s Pleasant

Psalm 147:1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

Because It’s Beautiful

Psalm 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.

There is a fear of praising God for some, because they do not feel it is dignified. This is contrary to the Word of God.

2 Samuel 6:14-16 Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.

And as the ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

Vs, 21-13 So David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the LORD. And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maid servants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.” Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

God Dwells in Praise

Psalm 22:3 But You are holy, Who inhabit the praises of Israel.

If our heart is filled with praise, it is filled with God. If our home is filled with praise, it is filled with God.

We can surround ourselves with the Presence of God by surrounding ourselves with praise.

Praise Releases Strength

Nehemiah 8:10b Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.

Praise Brings Fulfillment

The praising soul enjoys being with the Lord, and God gives him the longings of his heart.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Notice that praise is to come first, before we receive. That’s because praise puts our priorities in order, and then God can grant us the desires of our heart.

Praise Brings Victory

Psalm 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.

2 Chronicles 20:21,22 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, for His mercy endures forever.”

Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

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