Below are 6 things to cover all your ground when having thanksgiving. Since as your thanksgiving increases so will your praise increase.
A few weeks ago we upgraded the praise muscle in our home. We learned a few points on better praising God from another article. The full article can be found here, The Spiritual Discipline Of Praise. Today’s post is a distill of the main points from the article and joined with our added thoughts. Statements in italics are taken verbatim from the article.
Ps. 67:3 “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.”
Psalms 117:1 “Praise the LORD, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples!”
2. Know When Should We Praise God?
Ps.34:1-2 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Eph.5:20 “always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father”
Psalms 113:3 From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised.
3. Know Where Should We Praise God?
Psalms 149:1 “Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.”
Hebrews 2:12 “I will proclaim Your name to My brethren, in the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praises.”
4. Know Why Should We Praise God?
For His Faithfulness: Ps.30:9 “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?
For His Lovingkindness: Psalms 101:1 “I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.”
For His Justice – Ps. 101:1 “I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.”
For His Goodness – Psalms 106:1 “Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
For His Mighty Deeds – Psalms 106:2 “Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the LORD, Or can show forth all His praise?”
For His Truth – Psalms 117:2 “For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise the LORD!”
For His Lovely Name – Psalms 135:3 “Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely.”
For His Excellent Greatness – Psalms 150:2 “Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.”
For His Glory – Ps.96:3 “Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
For His Creation – Ps.96:5 “For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.”
For His Splendor – Ps. 96:5 “Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.”
For His Majesty – Ps.96:5 “Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.”
For His Strength – Ps.96:5 “Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.”
For His Beauty – Ps.96:5 “Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.”
Since everyone should praise God everywhere, all the time, for all of His perfections, how do we do it?
5.1. By Declaring:
Ps. 51:15 “O Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise.” Part of our praise of God takes place when you and I simply declare His excellencies.
1 Pet. 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
5.2. By Singing: There are literally dozens of passages in the Psalms where we are told to praise God in song.
Ps.46:6-7 “Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm.”
Ps. 9:2 “I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”
5.3. By Shouting:
Psalm 98:4 “Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.”
Ps. 32:11 “Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; and shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”
5.4. By Lifting Your Hands:
Nehemiah 8:6 “Then Ezra blessed the LORD the great God. And all the people answered, “Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands; then they bowed low and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.”
Psalms 28:2 “Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.”
Psalms 63:4 “So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.”
Psalms 141:2 “May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.”
Psalms 47:1 “O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy.”
Psalms 95:6 “Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.”
Psalm 135:1-2 “Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; Praise Him, O servants of the LORD, you who stand in the house of the LORD, In the courts of the house of our God!”
Psalms 33:8 “Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.”
Psalms 149:3 “Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.”
Psalms 150:4 “Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.”
5.9. With Musical Instruments:
Psalms 150:1-6 “Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”
6. Do Praise Now.
Psalm 150 (NASB)A Psalm of Praise.
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
3 Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
4 Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
We thank God for you!
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