Is Praise Your Logo?
Gerald D. Branch
Purpose: To encourage the believer to develop a praising heart toward the Lord at all times.
Keywords: Praise; saved; redeemed; Psalms; singing; relationship
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All throughout church history, when God's people wanted to praise Him, do you know what they have turned to?
Throughout the centuries, God's people have found that the very best way of offering praise to Him was to go directly to His Word, and so many times as not, they would turn to the book of Psalms, and read them or sing them together.
So, Why is praising God so important anyway? First, off, we're commanded to do so in the Word... Psalm 30:4 tells us, "Sing praise to the LORD, You saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.1" Sing Praise to the Lord, You saints of His...
Folks...are we not His saints? ...the Ones set apart by Him as His very own because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ Which covers each of us who have accepted that precious gift of salvation? Have you ever noticed how hard it is NOT to praise the Lord, if you know Him as your personal Savior and Lord?
But another reason to praise the Lord, is that out of our praise, grows our desire to tell others about all He has done for us... that's why David wrote in Psalm 9, "I will praise you, O Lord, with all of my heart, I will tell of all Your marvelous works." And people all around us need to hear of the Lord's 'marvelous works,' especially NOW as our country is engaged in this new kind of warfare. People need the Lord, and in such times as we're living, we who know Him, really need to be wearing a Logo of Praise on our hearts that all can see.
Looking at this great Psalm this morning, then, how do we approach it? Well, as you read this Psalm, I believe we would do great injustice to the Word of God if we just read a part of it, which is why I read it for our Scripture readin ...
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