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Summary: May this sermon help you to understand the purpose of praising God at all times.

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PRAISE GOD

Psalm 103:1-22

[1] Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! [2] Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: [3] who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, [4] Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, [5] who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. [6] The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. [7] He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. [8] The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. [9] He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. [10] He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. [11] For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; [12] as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. [13] As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. [14] For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. [15] As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. [16] For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. [17] But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, [18] to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them. [19] The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. [20] Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. [21] Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure. [22] Bless the LORD, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul! [NKJV]

OPENING REMARKS

1. Why have you gathered here today? –

.. There can be many reasons –

. Family

. Friends

. Fellowship

. Etc.

.. Ultimately: Whatever the Reason –

. It is to worship the Lord and bring Praise to His name through all that we do and nothing else.

Psalm 34:1

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.

Doxology:

(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.

Psalm 122:1

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)] -----

Psalm 89:15

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?

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