Praising God Through it All

Praise GodMy Word Like Fire informs us that Lighthouse Trails is offering a booklet by Warren B. Smith entitled “Praising God Through it All.”  Topics include:

Hymns of praise to Him…Who Praises God…Why Do We Praise God…How Do We Praise God…Where Do We Praise God…When Do We Praise God…

“Our praise unto God is our acknowledgment of everything He has done, is doing, and will continue to do in our lives (Psalm 107:31)” says author Warren Smith.  “He created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 2:4). He created mankind (Genesis 1:27). He created every living creature that moves (Genesis 1:21). He created all things (Colossians 1:16). He sent His Son Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Saviour to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). Jesus defeated sin, death, and a very real Satan on the Cross of Calvary (Hebrews 2:14). To those who believe in Him, He has given the gift of everlasting life (John 3:16). We are eternally grateful (1 Thessalonians 5:18). What more could He have possibly done (Isaiah 5:4)? Therefore, we want to praise Him in all we say and do (Psalm 71:8).

Our praise is to be proclaimed continually (Hebrews 13:15-16). It is to be offered both in good times and in bad (Psalm 34:1) because He is always faithful (2 Thessalonians 3:3), and He is always true (Revelation 3:7). He is God, and there is none beside Him (Isaiah 45:22). His merciful kindness is great towards us, and His truth endures forever (Psalm 117:2). He promised He would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and would be with us even to the end of the world (Matthew 28:20). It is no wonder Scripture tells us that God is to be exalted “above the heavens” (Psalm 57:5). He is “holy” (Psalm 99:5); He is “good” (Psalm 135:3); He is “great” (Psalm 145:3); and He is “worthy to be praised” (2 Samuel 22:4). As believers, our desire should be to praise God with our song (Psalm 28:7), with our lives (Psalm 146:2), and with our every breath (Psalm 150:6).

One thing we learn in Smith’s booklet is why we praise God:

Because it Glorifies God
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God. (Psalm 50:23)

Because He is Our Praise
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name. He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen. (Deuteronomy 10:20-21)

Because Praise is Comely
Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. (Psalm 33:1)

Because Praise is Good
Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. (Psalm 147:1)

Because God is Good
Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. (Psalm 135:3)

Because God is Great
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:3)

Because God is Worthy
I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. (2 Samuel 22:4)

Because of God’s Grace
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:6-7)

Because of His Righteousness
I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high. (Psalm 7:17)

Because of God’s Word
In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. (Psalm 56:10)

Because of God’s Name
Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. (Psalm 113:1 )

Because God’s Name is Holy
Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy. (Psalm 99:3)

Because God’s Name is Good
I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good. (Psalm 54:6)

Because God’s Name is Excellent
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. (Psalm 148:13)

Because Of God’s Power
Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power. (Psalm 21:13)

Because Of God’s Holiness
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. (2 Chronicles 20:21)

Because Of God’s Kindness
O Praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD. (Psalm 117:1-2)

Because of God’s Lovingkindess and Truth
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. (Psalm 63:3)

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (Psalm 138:2)

Because of God’s Mercy and Truth
I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. (Psalm 108:3-4)

Because God’s Mercy Endureth Forever
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalm 106:1)

And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. (2 Chronicles 7:3)

The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. (Jeremiah 33:11)

Because God is the Health of Our Countenance
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (Psalm 42:11)

Because God Set Our Feet Upon a Rock
I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:1-3)

Because of God’s WONDERFUL Works
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:31)

Because God Called Us Out of Darkness
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

Because God Saves Us From Our Enemies
But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us. In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. (Psalm 44:7-8)

Because God Sent Us a Saviour
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:11-14)

Because God is Our Salvation
I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. (Psalm 118:21-22)

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H/T John Lanagan, My Word Like Fire

 

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