PRAISE THE LORD
Introduction: The present generation of Christians is somewhat polarized by this matter of praise. Some want to totally exclude it because of a reaction to certain "other religious extremists who do the strangest things and call it praise." Others want to make it their all in all because of a reaction to certain "other religious extremists who have no liberty at all."
Now these extremists, reacting to extremists, have contributed greatly to the confusion regarding praise for the 20th century committed, conservative Christian who is interested in knowing truth and discovering abundant life in God.
If we are interested in praise from a Biblical perspective, the Book of Psalms is certainly instructive and inspiring. More particularly does our text speak to us regarding praise. Turn with me to Psalm 9:1-11.
In the text, the Psalmist summoned himself and the people to praise God for His wonderful deeds. The right -- and duty -- of the child of God in any generation is to praise God.
Most, of not all, of us would agree with that. The question then is this, "Why the reactions, if not confusions, regarding praise?" Well, it certainly seems we need some instruction to aid all of us in this matter of praise.
This sermon, I hope, will be of benefit because it will help us to understand the Biblical perspective of praise, thereby making a more unified praise possible. Let us begin by defining praise.
The dictionary says this of "praise:" expression of warm approval; extolling a deity. In the Hebrew text, it means a positive response indicating approval of God and His deeds.
I. The Person of our Praise is God - vv. 1,2,11
Explanation: Deeds sometimes prompt praise:
v. 1 - "all thy marvelous works"
vv. 3-6 - victory over enemies
vv. 7-8 - "established His throne"
vv. 9-10 - "Lord is a refuge"
Deeds prompt praise directed to God.
v. 1 - "I will praise you"
v. 11 - "Sing praises to the Lord, e ...
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