Psalm 136: 1-4 (KJV)
"O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever."
Psalm 136:1-4 (MSG)
"Thank God! He deserves your thanks. His love never quits. Thank the God of all gods, His love never quits. Thank the Lord of all Lords. His love never quits. Thank the miracle-working God, His love never quits."
What is Praise?
When you hear the word PRAISE, what does that mean to you? Do words such as glorify, worship, honor, rejoice or give thanks come to mind? For me they do because these are considered action words. It is our feelings and desires towards God and not man that lead to such worship. We don’t only say we believe in God, but we go to Him daily and praise Him. As Christians, we ought to praise the Lord in all things.
Why do we need to praise the Lord?
Psalm 92:1-2 (NKJV)
"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your loving kindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night."
Psalm 150:6 (NIV)
"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."
A few reasons as to why we must Praise the Lord:
1. Praise gets our focus off ourselves and back on God.
Psalm 150:2 (NKJV)
"Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!"
2. Praise brings us to a place of humility.
Psalm 95:2-3 (NKJV)
"Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods."
3. Praise makes the enemy flee.
2 Chronicles 20:22 (NKJV)
"Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated."
4. Praise leaves no room for complaining and negativity.
Psalm 103:2-4 (NKJV)
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies."
5. Praise makes room for God’s blessings over our lives.
Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)
"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name."
6. Praise invites His presence.
Psalm 22:3 (NKJV)
"But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel."
7. Our spirits are refreshed and renewed in His presence.
Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)
"You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
8. It paves the way for God's power to be displayed, miracles happen.
Acts 16:25-26 (NKJV)
"But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed."
Final Scriptures Referenced:
Praising the Lord is not a religious activity that belongs only in church or streaming on-line on Sunday mornings.
Psalm 113:3 (NKJV)
“From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord’s name is to be praised."
Isaiah 25:1 (NIV)
"Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago."
Psalm 63:3-4 (NKJV)
"Because Your loving kindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name."