Have you noticed that some people are really good at complimenting and appreciating others? They just seem to know how to affirm those around them and have that wonderful ability to praise. Many say we learn that from our families. If we came from a family that gushed with admiration, we tend to be generous with accolades. However, if we came from a family that tended to criticize or was meager in their awarding compliments or more into sarcasm, praise and affirmation are not as natural and it takes more effort to express.
Regardless, all throughout the Bible we are encouraged, really commanded, to give God praise.
Psalm 150:1-2 Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens!1 2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
John 4:23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
Hebrews 13:15 Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
Yes, we are to acknowledge how valuable and amazing and awesome and beautiful God is, for He is worthy of the tribute. It is not that God needs continual assurance of His greatness like we humans tend to desire, but as we praise God we grow in our knowledge and experience of Him. Not only this but that act of praising God moves faith from the brain to the heart bringing out the joy of our relationship with Him. It’s like a good friend or spouse. We can know in our head that we love and appreciate them, but as we express that admiration the relationship become more real and so does the joy.
So how do we praise God? And, being that many of us have not been taught or had much experience in giving praise, especially to God, how do we admire God? Well, God in His gracious mercy has given great instruction all throughout the Bible, specifically in Psalm 145 (take a moment and read the whole Psalm, click here).
Psalm 145 gives us five ways to express the value of God:
• We are to Extol God vs1 which means to tell how great God is, to take time and acknowledge His greatness and grandeur
• We are to Bless God vs1,2,10,21 which means to speak well of God’s generosity.
• We are to Praise God vs2,3,21 which means to glorify God, to express openly His magnificence and admirable qualities.
• We are to Commend God vs4 which means to speak of how wonderful God is, to speak highly and brag about God, to tell of the way God has worked.
• We are also to Thank God vs10 which means to express appreciation.
Psalm 145 also tells us how to express God’s greatness, generosity, magnificence, wonder, and our appreciation:
• We are to Declare vs4,6…to speak out, to tell people how great, and generous, and magnificent, and wonderful God is, and how much we appreciate Him.
• We are to Meditate vs5…to ponder, think, and mull over in our mind how great, generous, magnificent, and wonderful God is, and how much we appreciate Him.
• We are to Speak Out vs6,7…to use words to say how great, generous, magnificent, and wonderful God is, and how much we appreciate Him.
• We are Sing Aloud vs7…to joyfully express in how great, generous, magnificent, and wonderful God is, and how much we appreciate Him.
• We are to Gush vs7…the word celebrate means to ‘gush forth,’ to blurt out in repetition how great, generous, magnificent, and wonderful God is, and how much we appreciate Him. Repetition is good (like how I have just been doing!!). As well this whole psalm is a repetition of how great, generous, magnificent, and wonderful God is, and how much we are to appreciate Him.
If that’s not enough Psalm 145 also reveals some amazing realities of God, He is: Unsearchable, Regal, Everlasting, Great, Almighty (LORD), Commendable, Mighty, Glorious, Splendorous, Majestic, Wonderful, Dutiful, Awesome, Famous, Abundant, Good, Righteous, Gracious, Merciful, Slow to anger, is Loving-kindness/Hesed, Powerful, Durable, Faithful, Compassionate, Giving, Sustaining, Kind, Near, and Attentive…wow…God is AWESOME!!!! Why not let Him know?
Seeking to give it up for God with you in praise,
PS This summer we are going through a teaching series entitled, “Wrestling with God in Prayer: Intense Internal Interactions with God’s Holy Spirit about Life, ” and praise is part of it. We would love for you to either join us or listen on line (this sermon will not be up for few weeks). Here is our web site to help you connect: www.cypresschurch.net