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Romans 10:13 “for “whoever will call upon the name of the lord will be saved.”
Hebrews 13:15 “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”
Isaiah 6:3 “and one cried unto another and said, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.
John 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
Revelation 19:1, 4, 6 “After these things I heard, as it were, a loud
voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and
glory and power belong to our God’…
And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen Hallelujah!.....
And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude and as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.’”
I am persuaded that when we enter into heaven, we will hear; the voice of a
great multitude, waters, and much thundering of: Hallelujah, Praise Ye The Lord”.
So, let us prepare for that great day. I suggest that no matter what our level
is in body, soul, mind, whether we are in dungeons or despair or the highest
clouds up above, our duty and desire should be to give honor and praise to God
Almighty and Jesus Christ our Lord.
To keep it in all authority. Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
Psalm 118:28: “Thou are my God, and I give thanks to Thee; Thou art my God, I extol Thee.”
Accountability plus Opportunity equals Responsibility
Let us examine the who, what, when, where, how, and why of praising the Lord.
1. WHO: Let us read Psalm 148.
a. Heroes of faith: Hebrews 11; Job 1:20-21
b. Early Christians: Acts 11:26; Acts 2:46-47
c. The Righteous: Psalm 32:11; Psalm 33:1
d. You and I: Psalm 34:1-3; 1 Peter 2:9; Colossians 1:13
• Psalm 1:1------Psalm 150:6-----one thing in common. So, let us exalt His name together.
• Notice that Psalm 146, 147, 148, 149, and 150 all begin and end with the phrase: “Praise the Lord!
• Isaiah 6:3
• Wisdom and Knowledge: Romans 11:33-36
2. WHAT: are we going to praise God for? Philippians 4:8
a. Authority/Oneness: Ephesians 4: 4-6; Psalm 7:17; Psalm 8:1,9
b. Power and greatness: Psalm 150:2; Psalm 21:13; Romans 1:16;
read Psalm 147:5-4-3 then read them in order of 3-4-5.
c. Faithfulness: Psalm 89:5; Hebrews 6:18; Psalm 89:1-2
d. Mercy: (a disposition to be kind, forgiving, or helpful). Does this represent Jesus Christ or Lord? Romans 5:8, Matthew 11:28-30; Psalm 136:1, Psalm 136: 26 and all verses in between : “For His mercy endureth forever” (( For His lovingkindness is everlasting; NASB)).
* The list is endless. Ephesians 5:20
3. WHEN: should we praise God” Psalm 119:164
7 times a day = 49 times a week, 210 times a month, 2555 time a year.
a. Everyday: Psalm 145:1-2
b. Early and late: Psalm 63:1-7
c. All day long: Psalm 35:28
d. Sunrise to Sunset: Psalm 119:97; Psalm 113:3
e. and Sunset to Sunrise: Psalm 63:6,7: Psalm 3:5; Psalm 4:8
* Do we understand now---Hebrews 13:15---here in the New Testament age?
4. WHERE are we going to offer praise to God? John 4:24
a. The worship service: Hebrews 10:23-25; Psalm 22:22
b. With our friends and neighbors: Matthew 22:39; Psalm 35:18; Matthew 5:16; Psalm 57:7; Psalm 57:9
c. In front of our enemies: Psalm 23:4-5; Matthew 10:32,33
d. wherever we go, in whatever we do: Colossians 3:17-23; Mark 16:15—go into all the world. Joshua 24:15---home is where the heart is.
5: HOW do we praise God?
a. In our heart, soul, mind: Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27: Psalm 111:1
b. By Sacrifice: Hebrews 13:15; Matthew 16:24,25; Galatians 2:20: Philippians 1:21; 1 Corinthians 15:58
c. Acts of praise: good works---Matthew 5:16
1. Meditation: Psalm 119:97
2. Prayer: Psalm 65:1
3. Voice: Psalm 66:8
4. Singing: Psalm 66:1,2,8; Psalm 81:1; Psalm 89:1,
5. 1 Corinthians 10:31
6. WHY? 1 John 3:1-2; John 3:16; Psalm 113:2; Isaiah 6:3
Conclusion: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 we want to be there in Revelation 19 in that great multitude, surrounded by the mighty sounds.
By Victor Studdard
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