Let's Define the Word "Praise"
1. The 150th Psalm is a Psalm of praise to the Lord. Every single verse lifts His name--extolling Him--praising Him...telling us how to praise Him with instruments and song. In (vs.6), it says, "Let everything that that breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord."
DEFINITION: According to Harold Sala, "The word "praise" is a Hebrew word, a compound of two words; "hallal" and "jah." The first word, "hallal," means "to praise," and the word "jah" is the word for God, the same word which gives us the word Jehovah. Simply put, the word means "praise be to God" or "praise the Lord." 1
ILLUS: This was the same word which captured the attention of George Frederick Handel, who wrote The Messiah. "And He shall reign forever and ever" wrote Handel, with the words crescendoing "Hallelujah, hallelujah." It is no wonder that Handel, who had barricaded himself into his room and practically neither ate nor slept as he wrote, later told a friend, "It seemed as if heaven came down and filled my soul." 2
2. I believe when we praise God it will bring a little bit
of heaven down to our souls. And I also believe we need to praise Him often, don't you?
3. This morning we have come to praise the Lord. This is
our whole reason for our being here. Yes, we come for other things--we need encouragement, we need direction, and we need prayers answered; but friend, let us not forget, the real reason we are here is to praise the Lord.
4. The morning I want to take the liberty to use the word
"praise" in the form of an acrostic. These are just a few brief thoughts I have, as I think of our praise to our God.
I. THE PERSON OF OUR PRAISE
* In the very first verse it says, "Praise ye the Lord. Praise God..." So, let's put down...
A. God is the Person of our praise
1. God should always be the direct object or focus of our praise. He is the Giver and Sustainer ...
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