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Summary: We are created for God’s glory and we are to offer Him praise continually

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PS.145:21; 146:1-2; 147:1; 148:1-5; 149:1; 150:1-6 "I THINK I’LL JUST PRAISE THE LORD"

A) I believe according to the Bible, man was created to praise and glorify the Lord!

* Isa.43:7 God says, "For I have created him for my glory."

* 1 Cor.10:31 "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."

B) The meaning of praise: To bestow approval upon, to honor, worship, to glorify.

* The Hebrew word is "Yadah" which means "to stretch out the hands, to worship with extended

hands." * And it is translated here in our text as the word "praise."

C) The word "praise" means: to address in a loud tone, to glory and triumph in God!

* That is to hold up the hands in reverence, to open the hands and let go of everything, just stand

and praise God open handedly! * That means you’re not holding on to nothing!

* Our problem is we wont let go of things or let go of our problems!

D) Let them go, lift your hands and lets give ourselves to praising the Lord!

* We only praise something that we honor and prize highly!

* If we hold the Lord in the highest state of respect and admiration, it’ll be easy to praise Him!

E) It is dangerous to make fun of praise! * 2 Sam.6:16 ; 23

* Saul’s daughter, Michal, made fun of David praising the Lord, and God shut her womb up!

* There are several things tonight that I want to bring to your attention:

(1) IT IS PLAIN THAT GOD’S WORD TEACHES PRAISE! * Luke 19:29-40

* Story of when Jesus was come near Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives.

* He sent two of His disciples after a colt (donkey) ....... a miracle .......

A) They brought the colt to Jesus, cast garments on it, and Jesus got on it!

* As Jesus was riding in, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God

with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen!

* Did you notice the words, "began to praise him with a loud voice?"

* Uncle Bud Robbinson ... dead church ....... "He a long way from here."

B) But anyway, they were praising God saying, "Blessed be the king that cometh ......."

* And some of the Pharisees told Jesus, "Master, rebuke your disciples."

* And Jesus said in v.40 "I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would ......."

* What if objects in this church started praising God?

C) In Acts 16:25-31, Paul and Silas was in jail ....... Why?

* But at midnight, Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God! * Result: Jailer got saved!

* We can still praise God in the midst of difficult circumstances!

D) In Acts 3:1-9, The lame man at the gate called Beautiful!

* v.8 says, "And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking,

and leaping, and praising God."

* v.9 says, "And all the people saw him walking and praising God."

* v.10 says that they were filled with wonder and amazement at what happened to the lame man!

* Praise will help others to see the realness of what Jesus has done for us!

(2) PRAISE SHOWS THAT YOU ARE NOT ASHAMED OF CHRIST!

* Mk.8:38 "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and

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