Summary: There is power in prayer and praise, but no magic formulas.

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Psalms 150

A Psalm of Praise.

Praise the LORD!Praise God in His sanctuary;Praise Him in His mighty expanse. 2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds;Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.

3 Praise Him with trumpet sound;Praise Him with harp and lyre. 4 Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;Praise Him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.Praise the LORD!


God inhabits the praises of His people

- He will come and visit us as we pray and praise Him

- When we let go of all the stuff

- We hold on to

- To give us dignity and properness in worship

- We can actually enter the presence of God

- And He can work miracles in our midst

Is that what we want?

- To enter into His presence

- And seek His face

- To see Him face-to-face

- To hear His voice

- To see Him high and lifted up

- And join the seraphim proclaim

- “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty”?

I tell you that can be our experience

- Because we have been invited

- To come before Him and worship

- To come to Him and worship

- To come to Him bringing our requests and prayers

There is power in prayer and in praise

- But there are no magical formulas

- No rituals, no words

- That will guarantee access and response from God

- God looks at the heart

- He sees what motivates us to come

- And what is our real heart’s desire

- He will not give to us to spend on ourselves

- He will not enrich us to make us more comfortable

- But He will bless richly the one

- Who pours out his heart to the Him

- Who lays everything down

- And seeks only to know and serve

- The Living God

- God will honor those who honor Him first

- God will lead those who submit to His leadership whole-heartedly

Let us look at this power of praise and power of prayer

Read Ps 34:1-11

Ps 34:1-11

I will bless the LORD at all times;His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul will make its boast in the LORD;The humble will hear it and rejoice. 3 O magnify the LORD with me,And let us exalt His name together.

4 I sought the LORD, and He answered me,And delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked to Him and were radiant,And their faces will never be ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him And saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him,And rescues them.

8 O taste and see that the LORD is good;How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! 9 O fear the LORD, you His saints;For to those who fear Him there is no want. 10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing. 11 Come, you children, listen to me;I will teach you the fear of the LORD.


The Psalmist starts out by praising God

- Proclaiming the awesome wonders of God’s love and grace

- “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

- I will bless Him at all times

- Some of those times might be when things are going well

- When you see the blessing of God in your life

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