by Ernest Easley

Why is it Good to Praise the Lord?
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Psalm 147:1-7
July 17, 2011

Now in preparation for the Lord's Supper … take God's Word and turn with me to Psalm 147. Here is a Psalm written with one purpose in mind: to invite us to give praise to the Lord.
Like the majority of the Psalms .. Psalm 147 teaches us how to worship and praise the Lord. Worshipping and praising God are two activities that we need to learn more about.
Take this morning for example: have you praised the Lord during this worship hour? You have if you're a worshipper. Now you can show up here on Sunday and not be a worshipper. There's a difference in being a worshipper and an attender. An attender is a spectator whereas a worshipper is a participant.
We have a way of counting how many attenders we have around here, but not a way of counting how many worshippers we have around here. I sometimes wonder just how many worshippers we have here on Sundays.
I can tell you this: it's hard to be a worshipper when you come here on Sundays full of yourself rather than being full of God!
You cannot help but praise Him when you consider His GLORY .. GOODNESS .. GRACE .. HIS MAJESTY .. HIS MERCY. When I consider these and more .. I cannot help but worship and praise God.
When Jesus is at the center of your life .. you can praise Him everyday. You say, "Ernest, even when things aren't going my way?" Absolutely .. even when things are not going your way. Listen to the praise found here in Psalm 147 as we answer this question:
Why is it Good to Praise the Lord?
Psalm 147.1-7
1 Praise the LORD!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.
4 He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by name.
5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.
6 The LORD lifts up ...

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