We will sing and praise Your power. How quiet and reserved are you at that moment? Remember that fellow named Job? First Samuel 16, you remember that Saul had been displeasing to God - the King, Saul. You would think that praise is something that was recently discovered. A life without God is empty and barren, but a life touched by the Lord is fruitful and glorious! As its course brings light to the world, praise is to be heaped on the Lord! In her last days here, as she hovered near death, her loved ones noticed her lips moving. If it's not 500 years old, it's too new. Why is it, if you get a wonderful - I'm not talking about performance now, I'm talking about person filled with the Holy Spirit, and who has a sweet voice of praise to God, or a congregation who are truly entering into what I'm saying here - an exuberant, excited praise - why is it that it's easy for the preacher? He is, after all, worthy of praise and adoration and worship. Is it with the whole person, spirit, soul, and body? I can't explain why, but it feels good to be identified and connected with my children and grandchildren! God is our Shepherd, we are His flock or sheep.
Now, I know we're not all Charles Wesley's, but that is an example of how we ought to have in our hearts a song of praise to God. It is like the most pungent, aromatic fragrance to God, when we praise Him with our prayers! What is keeping you back? In days when many are disillusioned and seeking for more, through the ministry of we seek to provide Bible-based teaching and preaching which will lead you into a deeper relationship with God. But your muscles will fade away. We should praise God for His excellent greatness. A negative feeling or opinion based on ignorance - and there's an awful lot of ignorance about! Thy glory and presence fill the heavens and the earth. It's alright talking about getting nearer to God, but the way we enter into His gates is through thanksgiving, and into His courts through praise.
There was a requirement however on our prayers to the Lord. Well, one great trap against praise is the trap of tradition. He could tell you the name of the ship that brought him to Ellis Island, the street where he got his first job as a garment worker, and the name of the cafeteria where he ate 70 years ago. We can live in the Critical Zone, the Complaining Zone, the Angry Zone, the Doubting Zone, or the Defeated Zone. Horatius Bonar wrote a wonderful hymn, and he expressed this: 'Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God, In every part with praise, That my whole being may proclaim Thy being and Thy ways.
Our challenges and perspective may be different, but our need is the same! And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. How much of our daily conversation is spent in praise to the Lord? No, there is none like the Lord! We, as Christians, are to bring the fruit of our lips, praise and thanksgiving, to the Lord. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. It ought to shame us! The Christian - that's right, the New Covenant, New Testament believer - is not to come before the Lord empty handed. When you are praising, make sure you show your delight. When the nations are gone and the saints fill Heaven, that lofty place will ring with His praises, Rev. If there is sin in your life, you're not going to really want to praise God, are you? This is where I really need to listen up here, because I preach often on the subject of revival, but sometimes revival preaching can fall short - because if we continually criticise what is wrong, and fail to affirm what is great with God, we don't realise it but we actually sap the lifeblood out of the praise of the saints.
For if you could only get through to God in your praise, I believe you may well have victory! Where has your joy gone? Brown told the story of a 5-year-old girl named Mary. Does Jesus Christ, the Son of God, want excited, exuberant, enthusiastic praise? If the Psalms and God's Word are filled with praise, why isn't that the case in our lives as God's people? She was smiling and promised not to talk. If we want praise to characterize our lives, the psalmist also would have us understand. I say He does, but is that what He gets? Why not come today and let God have His rightful place in your life. I walk quite a bit. He changes us all the way, 2 Cor 5:17. He gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
We may be hurting, but God is always good. Worship is not to be a somber, formal exercise, devoid of joy. On the last play of the game the quarterback for your team drops back and throws a long pass. The Praise Zone is not subject to the ever changing tides of life. Psalm 148:1-10 tells us that all of creation is commanded to give praise to God.
You pray for others, who may not know Christ or who may be resisting His Lordship. Then you will proclaim with the Psalmist…. God can replace you with a rock! Certainly, praise is a matter of personality, and whether it involves shouting, crying, laughing, hand raising, etc. Was David self-conscious when he danced naked before the ark of God? And it feels good to be forgiven! The first 10 words are praise, and the last words are praise. Note: He can take the barrenness of our lives, that has been caused by sin and He can cause us to bring forth fruit for His glory. It encourages the miraculous, do you need a miracle? But God also wants His people to celebrate His goodness. Now before we move on to what praise can do, I want you to see how it's impossible to exaggerate the praises of God.
There are stringed instruments, wind instruments, and percussion instruments vv. Do you know how the enemy was destroyed? Ps 62:11 Power belongs unto God. He takes us like He finds us and then He transforms us into a trophy of His grace. I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, And You have become my salvation. Now, I preached on this on the opening night of this building, the dedication of the Temple of Solomon - but I want to refer back to it again, in 2 Chronicles 5.
It's something that is characteristic of a praiseful heart, and indeed, let me say, it is characteristic of every revival I think there has ever been - a new song. You'll write powerful and fresh messages every week with our preparation tools on a number of sermon topics, including expository preaching. This should be a warning to Christians, also. The wise man in Proverbs 29 said: 'Fear of man brings a snare', it is an entrapment. Verse 18a: For they have refreshed my spirit and yours.