Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Power of Praise

Praising God means adoring Him, honoring Him, and exalting Him

God takes delight in praise and worship. He enjoys praise and worship

Praise ye the LORD.
Praise God in his sanctuary.
Praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts
Praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet.

Praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance.
Praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals.
Praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
(Psalm 150).

It is does us good to praise the Lord.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto your name, O most High:
To shew forth your loving kindness in the morning, and your faithfulness every night,
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
For you, LORD, have made me glad through your work: I will triumph in the works of your hands.
(Psalm 92:1-4)



Reasons to Praise God

1. Almighty God is worthy of our praise and worship.
Ps 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised.

Rev 5:11-12 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: ¡¥Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!

Who God is - Worship
What God has done - Praise
What God has done for you - Thanksgiving

Praise and thanksgiving - is verbalized faith. If you thank God after the fact, that’s gratitude. If you thank God before it happens, that’s faith.

If you don’t know how, begin to praise from the Psalms. It is a book telling us how to praise God.

2. We are called to praise and worship God.
1 Peter 2:5, 9 You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Ps 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

3. Worship changes us.
Jer 2:5 NIV They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.

You become like what you worship.
If you worship superficial things, your life becomes superficial.
If you worship perverted things, your life becomes perverted.
If you worship evil things, your life becomes evil.
If you worship the true God, you become godly.

2 Cor 3:18 TLB And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.

Isa 61:3 The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

4. Praise and worship ushers in the manifested presence of God.
Ps 22:3 (KJV) But thou art holy

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