Summary: A Praise-Filled Heart is part of a sermon series looking at those heart qualities Christian's should possess. This sermon takes its content from Psalm 138 as we look at three aspects of a heart filled with praise: a whole, humble, and encouraged heart
A Christian’s Heart
“A Praise-Filled Heart”
The idea of praising God for who He is, the Almighty God, Creator, Deliverer, Redeemer, Restorer, and Savior should be tantamount for all Christians.
• We praise God for being our King, Judge, Warrior, and Shepherd.
• We praise Him for His goodness, grace, and mercy.
• We praise Him for His love, joy, and peace.
• We praise Him for His righteousness and holiness.
• We praise Him in the morning, evening, and all the time in between.
To praise the Lord is to call attention to His majesty and glory. As expressions of praise we bless, exalt, glorify, magnify, and oh, by the way, thanking Him as well.
In fact, it’s God’s breath in our lungs that gives us physical and spiritual life, so we should pour out our praise to God.
The prophet Isaiah said we are to come together in order to proclaim His praise amongst the congregation, Isaiah 43:21. And in the future this is exactly what we’ll be doing in heaven, singing praises to the Lord, Revelation 4:11; 5:12-14; 7:12.
Psalm 33:1 (NIV) says, “Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.”
Praising God should actually be in everything we do. The Apostle Paul addresses this in his letter to the Corinthians church and their lack of understanding in the worship of the Lord.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,” Paul said, “Do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
But King David in Psalm 138 brings out the ultimate expression of praise. Let’s take a look at verses one and two.
“I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You. I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” (Psalm 138:1-2 NKJV)
There are three aspects of a praising heart that are found in Psalm 138.
1. A Whole Heart
“I will praise You with my whole heart.” (Psalm 138:1a NKJV)
Someone said, “Man worships his work, works at his play, and plays at his worship.”
This describes our worship more than many of us would like to admit. We come to a worship service, where the Lord is the one we have gathered to honor, only to half-heartedly sing of His worthiness. We then leave thinking we’ve done something great for God.
Jesus kind of nails this on the head when He said,
“These people draw near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me.” (Matthew 15:8-9a NKJV)
King David learned that praise isn’t supposed to be half-hearted. Rather it is to be with one’s entire heart. He says it several times.
"I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works." (Psalm 9:1 NKJV)
"Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation." (Psalm 111:1 NKJV)