Praise is found at least 294 times in the Bible. When God did something good for his people they always praied him. Four times in Psalm 107 the statement is made, "O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!" (Vs. 8,15,21,31) To praise is to glorify, to express approval of in a laudatory form. When Jesus was born the heavenly host praised God in the presence of shephards. (Lk. 2:13) When the shephards had visited Jesus they "returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them." (Lk. 2:20) After the apostles had seen Jesus ascend unto heavenand while they were waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit it is said that they "were continually in the temple praising and blessing God." (Lk. 24:53) The thousands that obeyed the gospel on Pentecost day continued steadfastly in worship, in teaching, and in love. In Acts2:47 we read, "Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." When people laud and magnify God because of his wonderful blessings other people are interested in what they have. We need to praise God today. 1.Things that would not be to the praise of God: A} Shouting "PRAISE GOD!" every other word as sort of a catalyst to stir up people emotionally. Vain repetitions or just saying words with no rhyme or reaseon was never in God's plan for man. He is not the author of confusion, (I Cor. 15:33) , but expects man to worship in decency and in order. (I Cor. 14:40) B} Commending ourselves is not praising God either. "But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth." (2 Cor. 10:17,18) C} Criticizing our brethren is not praising God. "Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge." (James 4:11) If we can encourage one another we make one another better so let's learn to commend and not criticize. D} We do not praise God if we go around miserable all the time. We need to rejoice in the Lord and be a happy people. Happiness attracts people. No one wants to be around a miserable person. E} We do not praise God by holding to human doctrines. Doctrines of men make our worship in vain. (Mat. 15:9) God wants us to humble ourselves to His commands as found in the gospel so that "no flesh should glory in his presence" but that "he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." (I Cor. 1:18-31) 2.How to praise God: A} In singing songs that honor and extol his name. "Let us offer the sacrifice of praise.. giving thanks to his name." (Heb. 13:15) "Is any merry? let him sing psalms." (James 5:13) The revised version renders this "sing praise." We need to sing with grace in our hearts to the Lord. (Col. 3:16) Nothing can praise God more than to sing with a joyful heart to him. B} We praise God in our prayers. In everything we need to give God thanks.(I Thes. 5:17,18) The Lord wants to hallow His name and to give Him the glory and praise which we are to do in our prayers. C} We praise God by taking the Lord's supper in the right attitude of mind and heart. We need to discern the Lord's body as we eat the bread and discern the Lord's blood as we partake of the cup. D} We praise God by praying for and encouraging our brethren. "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ." (I Cor. 1:4) They are his precious children and He wants all of them to remain faithful, to serve Him, and to grow in their talents to do their very best in His service. E} We praise God by showing in our deeds the love we have for our needy fellow men. "My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." (I John. 3:18) Also, "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." (Gal. 6:9,10) F} We praise God by being good fathers and mothers in the home, by being faithful husbands and wives, and by being good obedient children who are doing all we can to enhance the family name. (Tit. 2:4,5; Eph. 5:25-25; 6:1-3) G} We praise God by being a good example as lights in the world, (Mat. 5:16), and by teaching His word to the lost. (Mk. 16:15) PRAISE GOD!!
Do you have questions or comments? Email us at Questions and we will reply shortly.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE MAIN PAGE
This page has been visited times.