December 28, 2020
Topic: Praise The Lord!
Text: Ps 150
Good morning dearly beloved brethren. Compliments of the season. I pray that the joy and blessings of this season will be all yours in Jesus name, amen.
I welcome you to the very last Monday of year 2020. What a year this has been, a year like never before. But we have every reason to praise the Lord because we have seen the last Monday of this year and we will see the end of this year and many more years if Jesus tarries. Truth is, that not everyone who saw the first Monday of this year is alive to see the last Monday of the year. It’s not because of our righteousness but God’s mercies. We pray for God to comfort every family that lost loved ones this year and to put an end to losses of any kind in our homes in Jesus name, amen.
The Bible commands all living creatures to praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6). One Hebrew word for “praise” is yadah, meaning “praise, give thanks, or confess.” A second word often translated “praise” in the Old Testament is zamar, to “sing praise.” A third word translated “praise” is halal (the root of hallelujah), meaning “to praise, honor, or commend.” All three terms contain the idea of giving thanks and honor to the one who is worthy of praise.
Praise could therefore be seen as the worshipful expression in which the greatness and goodness of God are affirmed.
The book of Psalms is a collection of songs filled with praises to God. Among them is Psalm 9, which says, “I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High” (verse 2). Psalm 18:3 says God is “worthy to be praised.” Psalm 21:13 praises God both for who He is and for His great power: “Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power”.
Why should we praise God?
Ps 150:2 teaches the “why” to praise the Lord: “Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness”.
Ps 103 and 124 explains further the reasons why we should praise God: forgiveness of sins, His mercies, healing, deliverance, protection, direction, etc.
Where should we praise God?
Psalm 150 uses the term praise thirteen times in six verses. The first verse provides the “where” of praise—everywhere! “Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power”.
How should we praise God?
Ps 150:3-6 note “how” to praise the Lord—with a variety of instruments, dance, and everything that has breath. Every means we have to make sound is to be used to praise the Lord!
Ps 89:1 also shows that when we sing and testify to others of God’s goodness, we are praising the Lord.
God created us to praise Him. We will not be fulfilling our purpose here on earth if our lives are not used to praise God.
It has been said that our worship of God on earth is a preparation for the majestic celebration of praise that will take place in eternity with the Lord. I pray that none of us will miss out from that glorious and awesome celebration of praise in eternity Jesus name, amen.
Count your blessings, name them one by one and praise God for each
Sing songs of praise to God, acknowledge Him for His goodness and wonderful works for you, your family and other people you are aware of.
I pray that songs of praise will not cease in your mouth in Jesus name, amen.