I Think I'll Praise Him
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Delivered By
Associate Minister: Rev. Timothy Jones
Delivered On
June 14, 2015
Central Passage
Pslams 150
Subject
Second Sunday Service
Description

Commentary - Author: Rev. Steve Cole - Excerpt - Data Source: https://bible.org/seriespage/psalm-150-priority-praise

 

"Thus the message of the psalms, and especially of Psalm 150, is that God’s people should be caught up with praising Him. But maybe you don’t know how to do it. I’d like to walk you through what a life of praise looks like, first individually, and then corporately.

Individual praise: You get up on Monday morning and the first thing that pops into your mind is the pressures of the week. You stare at your alarm, wondering why it went off 20 minutes earlier than you need to get ready for the day. Then you remember, you want to be a person of praise! You set your alarm so you could spend a few minutes with the Lord to start your day. So you grab your Bible, open to the Psalms (or whatever portion you’re reading), and focus your thoughts on how great God is and on what He has done for you.

You pray, “Lord, You are the eternal God, the almighty Creator. Thank You for loving me and saving me from my sins. Your mercies are fresh every morning. Great is Your faithfulness! You ordained today for me, even the minor details, even before You formed me in my mother’s womb. Your purpose is to shape me into the image of Jesus Christ. Now, Father, I’ve got these problems ....” And you cast your burdens on the Lord. Maybe He puts a song on your heart that you begin to sing or hum as you get ready for your day.

Do you see how praise helps to put things in perspective? And throughout the day you pause to focus on Him, to pray about problems that come up, to give thanks to Him for who He is. You’re putting God at the center of your life, so your life is becoming filled with praise. Then Sunday rolls around:

Corporate praise: You wake up and think, “Praise God! It’s the Lord’s Day! I have the privilege of worshiping God together with His saints!” You hurry to get ready so that you arrive at church on time. On the way, perhaps you sing a song together, or you remind your kids of the purpose of worshiping God. As you enter, the pianist is playing a hymn you know, and you think of the words. Or, you look at the bulletin and notice that the pastor is speaking on Psalm 150, so you read it prayerfully and ask God to help you focus on Him. You pray silently for the pastor and for others present, that we all might meet with the living God.

The first Hymn is announced, and you stand and focus on the words, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation ....” You sing with vigor because the words have such meaning to you. You don’t allow yourself to be distracted by the latecomers. Your focus is on the Lord. As you continue to sing, you are drawn more and more into His presence. Since others are also focusing on the Lord and singing with all their might, the sound of the music lifts you up into God’s presence. You close your eyes and lift your hands in praise and adoration as you worship Him.

There is a brief pause in the worship as we recognize the visitors and share in the news of the coming week. As we go to prayer, you again focus on the Lord. As you give to the Lord’s work, you thank Him for providing for your needs and pray that He will use your gift to further His work and that He will give you more to give. You then focus on the words of the praise songs. As the Scripture is read, you pray silently, “Lord, open my heart to Your Word. May Your Holy Spirit teach me and reveal Christ to me today.” You listen attentively and eagerly to God’s Word as it is preached. As the sermon is concluded, you ask God to help you obey as you yield yourself again to Him. You pray for others, who may not know Christ or who may be resisting His Lordship. You have met with God and praised Him with His people.

After the service, you look around for those who may not know anyone, and you extend your friendship to them. The newcomer is impressed with what he has seen. He wants to hear more about the God whose praise characterizes your life and the life of this church. So you arrange to meet with him during the week. You didn’t come to “get something out of the service”; you came to worship and praise God. But as you leave, you realize how much you received because you made praise your priority, not just on Sunday, but throughout the week. You are a person whose life is becoming more and more centered on God, caught up with praising Him."

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