There is so much in the Bible that speaks to giving praise to the Lord. The word “praise” occurs over 360 times and the phrase “praise the Lord” can be found 185 times. You would not have to think very hard to recall Bible personalities whose lives were an example of praise.
Verses like Psalm 30:4, “Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name” and 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” make it clear that because we belong to the Lord, that is a good reason to give Him praise.
Another verse about praise is Hebrews 13:15, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” This will be the focus verse of the sermon this Sunday morning as we launch a new series, “Living a Life of Praise.” This, the writer says, is a says is a spiritual sacrifice. Within this verse are several benefits we receive when we praise the Lord.
This verse teaches us that it is only through Christ, and only because of Him, we have the right to come into the Lord’s presence. Jesus made all that we are and have possible and for that we should give Him praise. As Marlin Hotle said, “And when we realize that all of this was provided for by a plan which originated in the heart of God, we should have nothing that thrills us more than to come before Him to offer our heart-felt praise.” When we consider everything the Lord has done for us, should we not give Him praise?
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we begin this new series on praising our Lord.
You are truly loved in the Lord,