Praise The LORD
Do we do this as much as we should?
While we should be giving God praise all the time, we sometimes avoid using this term.
Seems that the term is overused by many who have rejected God’s word.
We do not want to be associated with these people, so we do not say this term out loud.
However the Bible teaches us that we should be praising God in everything we do.
The word “praise” comes from the Hebrew word: “HÂLAL”
Which means: To be bright, to shine; to be splendid; to boast; to praise, to celebrate, glorify; to cause to shine, to make bright to give light; to deserve praise.
Radiance and brilliance are also associated with this word.
The reason we are to praise God is because we consider Him totally awesome.
Praise The Lord
Psalm7:17 “I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High”.
Psalm 9:1 “I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works”.
Psalm 9:2 “I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High”.
Psalm 21:13 “Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power”.
Psalm 22:22 “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You”.
Psalm 22:23 “You who fear the LORD, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!”
Psalm 22:26 “The poor shall eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the LORD. Let your heart live forever!”
Psalm 30:4 “Sing praise to the LORD, You saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name”.
Psalm 30:12 “To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever”.
Psalm 33:1 “Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful”.
Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth”.
Psalm 35:18 “I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people”.
Psalm 35:28 “And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long”.
Psalm 42:11 “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God”.
Psalm 45:17 “I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever”.
Psalm 48:10 “According to Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness”.
Psalm 50:23 “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.“
Psalm 51:15 “O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise”.
Psalm 63:3 ”Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You”.
Psalm 66:2 “Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious”.
Psalm 69:34 “Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them”.
Psalm 99:3 “Let them praise Your great and awesome name-He is holy”.
Psalm 100:4 “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name”.
Psalm 102:18 “This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD”.
Psalm 104:33 “I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being”.
There are many Old Testament passages that call for us to praise the Lord.
As we realize we learn from the Scriptures written aforetime (Romans 15:4), we today also have a duty to praise the LORD in our lives, speech, and singing.
New Testament “Praise”
There are two Greek words translated “praise”.
Aineõ which means to give praise to God.
Ainesis which means the act of praise.
On a lower level Praise is given to humans as compliments or accolades not as becoming of a God, but of a good person.
The word carries several different meanings in the New Testament.
Let’s see how it is used.
John 12:43 “for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God”.
1 Corinthians 11:2 “Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you”.
Ephesians 1:6 “to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved”.
Ephesians 1:12 “that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory”.
Hebrews 13:15 “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name”.
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!"
Why Should We Praise God?
Because He is God
Because He is good
Because of His goodness
Because He deserves our praise
Because of His justice
Because of His love
How Do We Praise God?
With our mouth
With our singing
With our devotion
With our obedience
With our minds
With our hearts
With every fiber of our being
With our life
Do we praise God as we should?
Each of us must answer that question themselves.
Do you praise God privately?
Do you praise God publicly?
Do you only praise Him in church?
Or do you constantly praise Him?
By Carey Scott
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