PRAISE YE THE LORD

Psalm 106 1 -

 

This Psalm is one of the “Hallelujah Psalms.” These Psalms were sung by pilgrims as they made their way to Jerusalem for the various feast days in Israel. These Psalms were used to prepare the hearts of the pilgrims for worship. They served to remind the worshipers of the greatness and glory of God. They served to remind the worshipers they were on their way to exalt a majestic, glorious God, and He was worthy of all the praises they could offer to Him.

 

As we look around us today and see the pain and problems caused by this coronavirus, social distancing, church closures, etc., we need to stop and take the time to count our blessings. We need to learn to look toward God and not toward the problems which plague us. We need to consider the God Who gave us our blessings. We need to assess the state of our worship of God. Are we giving God the worship and praise He is due? As fear, doubt, problems, anxieties, and problems surround us, this is a good time for us to examine the state of our worship and praise, this is a good time for us to consider the reasons we have for giving God glory, praise, and worship.

 

I want to look at verse 1 of this Psalm today. I want to show you some truths which speak to us about our having a spirit of thanksgiving and praise for the Lord God Almighty. I want to teach for a few minutes on Praise Ye The Lord.

 

THE COMMAND FOR HIS PRAISES

When the Jews thought about praise, they thought about it in terms of the sacrifices at the Tabernacle. Leviticus 7 gives the instructions for an offering known as The Peace Offering. This was an offering given to thank the Lord, because of His great blessings on His people. It was an expression of faith, love, and thanksgiving. It allowed the one giving the offering the opportunity to worship The Lord and to rejoice with the priests of God. It was a shared offering, with a portion being burned on the altar, and a portion being given to the priests. The Peace Offering was a free-will offering. It was always given out of a heart of gratitude, thanksgiving, and love for the Lord.

 

We are no longer required to observe the Levitical offerings, but we still have an obligation to do offer our praises to the Lord for Who He is and for all He has done for us. The writer of Hebrews refers to “the calves of our lips,Hebrews 13:15. That entire verse says: “By Him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.

 

The Psalmist says, “Praise ye the Lord.” Hallelujah. The word “Praise” refers to “a price, or the value of something.” We praise and worship according to the value God holds within us. Your praise says a lot about how much you value The Lord. If you esteem Him as valuable, you will find ways to render praises to His name.

 

We are commanded to praise Him, both now and forever.

 

This discussion of praise brings to mind a few questions:

  • What motivates us to praise Him?

  • Fixing the heart upon God, Psalm 57:7; 108:1.

  • Meditation on His works and ways, Psalm 77:11 ff.

  • Recounting His blessings, Psalm 103:2.

  • Dwelling upon His unspeakable gift, 2 Corinthians 9:15For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes, He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich,” 2 Corinthians 8:9.

 

  • How do we praise the Lord?

  • We praise Him with shouting, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph,” Psalm 47:1

  • We praise Him with uplifted hands, “Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name,” Psalm 63:4

  • We praise Him with singing

  • Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto His name; for it is pleasant,” Psalm 135:3

  • Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding,” Psalm 47:6-7

  • We praise Him with our whole heart, “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High,” Psalm 9:1-2

 

  • When do we praise?

  • We praise Him from sunrise to sunset, “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORDS name is to be praised,” Psalm 113:3 The sun is always shining somewhere.

  • We praise Him all the time, “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth,” Psalm 34:1

 

  • Where do we praise?

  • We praise Him in the midst of the congregation, “Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God, Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto His name; for it is pleasant,” Psalm 135:2-3

  • We praise Him before the world, “I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people,” Psalm 35:18

  • We praise Him in private, “At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments,” Psalm 119:62

 

Those few verses merely scratch the surface of what we are commanded to do when it comes to praising Him. We are way behind when it comes to offering praises to the Lord. We are commanded to praise Him, and we should get at it.

 

Consider “O give…” Worship and praise are a personal gift from the worshiper to The Lord. Do you ever wonder what you can give to the Lord? Give Him your praises, and give them to Him all the time.

  

THE CONDITION FOR HIS PRAISES

Why do we praise Him? We are to praise the Lord because the Bible says, “The Lord is good.” The word “good” means, “acceptable, pleasant, agreeable.”

 

We praise Him because He is a “good” God.

 

His goodness transcends time, places, people, and events.

  • He is good all the time, in the face of every event in life.

  • He is good in the light, and He is good in the dark.

  • He is good on the mountain, and He is good in the valley.

  • He is good in the day of blessing, and He is good in the day of pain.

  • He is good in peace, and He is good in turmoil.

  • He is good in life, and He is good in death.

  • He is good in rejoicing, and He is good in weeping.

  • He is good in shouting, and He is good in sorrow.

  • He is good in plenty, and He is good in poverty.

  • He is good in good health, and He is good in sickness.

  • He is good in the day, and He is good in the night.

  • He is good when I can see Him, and He is good when I can’

  • He is unchanging, immovable, undaunted, and unfazed, Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8. The plans of the wicked do not challenge Him. He controls it all, sees it all, wills it all, and does it all. He is God of very God and He is good.

  • He is The Lord, and there is none else. He is good to the saved man and the lost man.

  • He is good to the Hindu, the Muslim, the Jehovah’s Witness, the Mormon, as well as to the true believer.

 

Those who are His know that they have special reasons for praising His name. Consider all He has done for you, and rejoice in your relationship with Him.

 

THE CONTINUATION OF HIS PRAISES

Those who are in a state of grace will find that they have eternal reasons to praise Him.

 

  • He is to be praised here on earth. We have already discussed that. We are commanded to praise Him.

  • He is to be praised for all He has done for us here, Philippians 2:5-11; Ephesians 2:1-10.

  • He chose us, Ephesians 1:4.

  • He called us, John 6:44; Romans 8:30.

  • He converted us, 1 Peter 1:23.

  • He adopted us, Romans 8:15.

  • He placed our names in the Lambs Book of Life, Luke 10:20.

  • He keeps us, 1 Peter 1:5.

  • He provides for us, Matthew 6:25-33.

  • He is coming for us, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.

  • He is taking us home to be with Him, John 14:1-3.

  • He is, and ever will be, praised in Heaven, Revelation 4-5; 7:9-12; 19:1-4.

 

Because He is unchanging, His gifts are unchanging as well. What we have now we will always have. He will not forsake us, He will not abandon us. He will not take away from us the blessings we have received in Jesus.

 

Conclusion: Praise is everywhere represented in the Bible as a duty no less than a natural impulse and a delight. To fail in this duty is to withhold from God’s glory what belongs to Him, “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God,” Psalm 50:23.

 

To fail in our duty to praise the Lord is to:

  • It is to shut one’s eyes to the signs of His presence, “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth,” Isaiah 40:26.

  • It is to be forgetful of His mercies, “Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage,” Deuteronomy 6:12

  • It is to be unthankful for His kindness, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil,” Luke 6:35

 

If we are not to fall into these sins but are to give to God the honor and glory and gratitude we owe Him, we must earnestly cultivate the spirit and habit of praise.

 

As you consider your own praise life in the light of the Bible:

  • Are you praising Him the way He deserves to be praised?

  • Are you thankful for His grace and blessings to the extent you should be?

  • Do you need to come before Him with thanksgiving and praise today for His blessings in your life?

 

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