Summary: True praise to God is more than a formal exercise; it is a heartfelt way of living that expresses itself in exultation to God.
Griffith Baptist Church – 3/1/09
Text: Psalm 47
Key verse: Psalms 47:1 - O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
Premise: True praise to God is more than a formal exercise; it is a heartfelt way of living that expresses itself in exultation to God.
1. The Sovereignty of the King – 47:1-4
2. The Song to the King – 47:5-7
3. The Supremacy of the King – 47:8-9
A Baptist minister was continually bragging to his other minister friends about the greatness of his church. No matter what they said, he always found a way to claim that the Baptists were better. Eventually his friends got tired of this, and decided to play a prank on the Baptist. One day, they dropped a tablet in his coffee - and soon the Baptist preacher nodded off to sleep. Then they took him down to the cemetery, and laid him in a borrowed coffin, next to a freshly dug grave. They hid behind the bushes to see what would happen. Half an hour later, the Baptist began to wake up. Yawning and looking around him, he began to notice the coffin, the tombstones, and the open grave. Then he shouted: "Amen! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! The day of resurrection has come and the Baptists are the first ones out!"
We have a lot to praise God for.
There are 5 basic distinctives of praise that we need to consider:
1. True Praise Begins in the Heart
A. There is a terrible story about a man who went out to play golf early one Saturday morning. His wife became concerned when he had not returned home by dinner time. It wasn’t until about midnight when he came through the front door, exhausted. “Where have you been?” she demanded “I’ve been playing golf” came the reply. “But that was 18 hours ago. What happened?” “I was having the best game of my life. I was two under par when on the seventh tee Harry had a heart attack and died.” His wife still didn’t understand. “After that it was hit the ball, drag Harry - hit the ball drag Harry . . .”
B. We ought to have a heart of praise - Psalms 86:12 – I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
i. Our hearts can be easily influenced
ii. Praise from the heart is one way of guarding it, because praise preoccupies the heart
a. Our desire to please God
b. Our desire to live for God
C. We never want to be guilty of hypocritical praise - Matthew 15:8 - 8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
D. The heart is the last stopping point before exiting the mouth - Matthew 12:34 - . . . for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
i. The heart builds up whatever is put into it:
ii. The process goes something like this:
a. Our senses (eyes and ears especially) are exposed to messages constantly. Some of these messages are good and some bad.
b. Our sin nature goes into battle with our spiritual nature via temptation