Summary: We are called to give praise to God in every circumstance
Living to Praise
Essential 100 Series
May 4, 2008
In his book ’The One-Minute Manager’, Kenneth Blanchard recommends developing the practice of "one-minute praisings," where the manager (or parent, spouse, etc.) tries to "catch someone doing something right" and then spend a full sixty seconds praising that person for the good deed. This is a lot more difficult than it appears. Where we might not find it difficult to criticize someone for even sixty minutes, many times we find it almost impossible to praise someone sincerely for a full minute.
Many people might find it difficult to praise God for a full minute.
Benefits of Praise
1.) Praise allows us to experience God’s presence
2.) Praise allows us to experience God’s peace
3.) Praise allows us to experience God’s power
4.) Praise allows us to experience God’s provision
5.) Praise allows us to experience God’s person
Hebrew Words for praise
A. Shâbach-to address in a loud tone (expound)
B. Bârak-to bless God (expound)
C. Yâdâh-to reverence or worship with extended hands (expound)
D. Tôwdâh-an expression of thanks, praise, confession (expound)
E. Tehillâh-to extol highly
We become overwhelmed by life
The fact is that life will control us if we allow it to. Life tends to move like a river and we far too often just go with the flow. We allow the situations and circumstances of life to control us. When we allow this to happen we lose much more than stability or security in life; we lose a part of ourselves.
Life can get overwhelming
There is not a person in this sanctuary that has not seen some type of difficulty in life. The problem becomes when we become so focused on our problems that we lose focus on our creator. We are all guilty of allowing our feelings of hurt, disappointment, fear, frustration or even anger to drive us through life. There are many who feel like they have been cheated by life, dealt a bad hand or blame God for their problems. When we flow into this mode of living we begin to think that there is nothing to be thankful for.
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
Preface of praise (1-2)
1. Total praise for God: The phrase “O my soul” means to praise God with your entire being. It means that every aspect of your life is focused on giving praise to God and nothing is held back.
2. Reminder for praise: The psalmist is calling us to focus on the fact of God’s mighty deeds as reason enough to praise God. No matter what our circumstances might be or what difficulties we might face that there is always a reason to give praise to God.
Benefits that God bestows (3-6)
1. Forgiveness of sin: God gives us proof of both His love and His mercy by His offering forgiveness to us. It is the forgiveness of God that allows us to have a relationship with Him. The mercy and grace of God is a free gift because He offers it with no expectations and no conditions. God’s grace can never be earned by anything we can do. If we could earn God’s grace it wouldn’t be a gift and it wouldn’t be grace.