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God Inhabits the Praise of His People

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Sermon shared by Thomas Baird

October 2012
Summary: God inhabits the praise of His people
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us a glimpse into some difficult time in King David’s life…

And in this passage… he tells us how he feels… and when he gives us the illustrations here of how he feels… we can relate…

David said starting in verse 12.. 12 Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. 13 Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me…. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. 16 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. 18 They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

David is illustrating to us this list of troubles… and as I read it I feel he is almost at the point of giving in and giving up…

I feel like he comes to the point where he says “Lord what can I do”
… and 5 times in this psalm… David mentions praise… praising God… praising the Lord…

…. But… realistically… How can that be the answer…

…. There are of course… many Biblical examples of Praise…

The word praise is used more than 470 times in the Bible… and most of the time it is referring to Praising God…

Psalm 150 tells us different ways how to praise God… and some reasons to praise Him…

Psalm 150 (NIV84)
1 Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
All these different ways mentioned… and of course there are many many more…

… and remember how when Nehemiah was rebuilding and then dedicating the walls of Jerusalem, he assigned two choirs to be part of the work… and part of the dedication… as he set them up specifically to thank and praise God…
……
… I have always loved 2 Chronicles 20:21-22 where scripture says…

2 Chronicles 20:21–22 (NIV84)
21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” 22 As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

…As men were appointed to go IN FRONT OF the army… praising God… so that the praise of God came first…

…. The Lord defeated the enemy…
It’s as if Jehoshaphat were sitting there strategizing about this invading army coming to wipe Israel off the face of the map…

Sound familiar?

And as he is making his plans old Jehoshaphat looks up and says…

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