Summary: May this sermon help you to understand the purpose of praising God at all times.
 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:  who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases,  Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,  who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.  He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.  He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;  as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him.  For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.  As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.  For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children,  to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them.  The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.  Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.  Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure.  Bless the LORD, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul! [NKJV]
1. Why have you gathered here today? –
.. There can be many reasons –
.. Ultimately: Whatever the Reason –
. It is to worship the Lord and bring Praise to His name through all that we do and nothing else.
I will bless the Lord at all time; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
.. Thus –
Service today the :
. Music should be to His praise! – A time to turn our minds attention towards God.
. Fellowship should be to His praise! – A time to show our love toward each other.
. Singing should be to His praise! – A time to express openly and loudly our worship to God.
(Praise God, From Whom all Blessings Flow)
[Thomas Ken | 1637-1711, England]
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
. Scripture reading should be to His praise! – A time to reflect in the light of His Word.
. Prayers should be to His praise! – A time to draw near and bow at His throne.
. Sermon time should be to His praise! – A time to listen and learn of His will.
. Closing should be to His praise! – A time to decide how to best follow His leadership.
I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
NOTE: Are you glad today to be here in the house of the Lord?
2. Praise Defined –
Dr. Dale Robbins
Praise means to commend, to applaud, and to magnify.
For the Christian [–]
Praise to God is an expression of worship, lifting-up, and glorifying the Lord.
It is an expression of humbling ourselves and centering our attention upon the Lord with heart-felt expressions of love, adoration, and thanksgiving.
High praise brings our spirit into a pinnacle of fellowship and intimacy between ourselves and God – it magnifies our awareness of our spiritual union with the highest God. Praise transports us into the supernatural and into the power of God.
----- [The Power of Praise & Worship, www.victorious.org/praise.htm, downloaded 09, February, 2008. (adapted)] -----
Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.
NOTE: May you understand that God is to be the object of our praise.
3. Why Praise God?
.. The reasons are countless. | To whom do we compare Him?