I have been giving a LOT of thought to this verse:
Ps 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Our life should be a song of praise to the glory of God. (1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.).
So let's today take a look at the meaning of Praise shall we? I started with my trusty 1828 dictionary:
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. Ps.138.
4. To do honor to; to display the excellence of.
The problem most of us have is that we can not let go of everything and just open handily praise the Lord. The more I thought of this the more i realized that we only praise something that we honour and prize highly. If we hold the Lord in the highest state of respect and admiration it will be easy to praise Him. \
Who should praise the Lord? I thought about this too since there so many verses that talks about it .. no commands it amen. So I began looking it up ... Ill start with
Angels. Ps 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
The saints. Ps 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
The Nations. , Ps 117:1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
The Children. Mt 21:16 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?
High and Low. Ps 148:11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:
Young and Old. Ps 148:12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
ALL CREATION. Ps 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Those are what i found, can anyone find more? What I see here is NO one is w/o excuse amen? It is what God created us for.
How will the children learn and obey if we the parents don't? How will we who get saved later in life learn if the elder don't? How will our nation be blessed if it wont Praise Him in decisions.
We looked at what praise is, and who should praise the Lord, today I wanted to show some verses from the Word of God that tells us WHY we should praise the Lord. I am so glad I decided to type out all that I found here .. I SO plan to print this out and keep it handy for those days that I feel so overwhelmed, all of these are God's attributes, and He never tires as we do, He never gives up as we are tempted to do. What a wonderful God we have!
The Reasons Why We Praise the Lord
Because of God's Majesty: Isa 24:14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
Because of God's Glory: Ps 138:5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.
Because of God's excellency: Ps 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
Because of God's greatness: Ps 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
Because of the Lord's holiness: Ex 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
Because of God's wisdom: Da 2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
Because of God's power: Ps 21:13 Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.
Because of God's goodness: Ps 107:8,15,21,AND 31!!!! Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Because of God's mercy: 2Ch 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
Because of God's loving-kindness and truth: Ps 138:2 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.
Because of God's faithfulness and truth: Isa 25:1 O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
Because He has provided salvation: Lu 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, (69) And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
Because of God's wonderful works: Ps 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Also we find much about this in : Psalms 107:8, 15, 21, 31
How To Praise the LORD
WITH THE UNDERSTANDING
Ps 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. And, 1Co 14:15 ¶ What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
WITH THE SOUL
Ps 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
WITH THE WHOLE HEART
Ps 9:1 I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
WITH THE LIPS
Ps 63:3 ¶ Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
WITH THE MOUTH
Ps 51:15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
Ps 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
2Ch 29:30 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.
Ps 147:7 Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
Ps 71:6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.
TO THE END OF LIFE
Ps 104:33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
MORE AND MORE
Ps 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
WE SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD FOR ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING
The true Christian is one who can trust and praise the Lord EVEN thorugh blinding tears. It should be enough to know that God plans and doeth all things well!
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