Summary: Stepping Into A Life of Praise

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+ PS 145

> The psalmist calls upon us to be “Smart Stuff” in offering praise to God for all of His many blessings to us.

- Note the bookends that bracket this Ps at the beginning and end – “ for ever and ever”

- My unending praise

- Ps 107 a recurring refrain: "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!" (Ps. 107:8, 15, 21, 31).

Most of us are guilty of neglecting this area of Christian service—the expression of gratitude and praise.

- Not gaining the benefits

- The world needs to see a demonstration of a life that produces joy.

- We will never truly rejoice in the Lord if we neglect to think of God’s many blessings and to praise Him for His goodness.

- The world goes on in spiritual darkness because we have neglected to praise our God for His goodness and for His wonderful works.

- Ps 145 make it easy to insert a “Smart Chip” into our focus on Christ

- “Thy” & “the Lord” is abundant throughout Ps 145

- Plus there is “his” & “him”

+ ❶- v1 - The Smart Stuff of Praise

> A tiny change of focus

> Off self & this world

> Knowing who God Is - KING - Absolute authority

- Extol - to lift, exalt

- This was for ever and ever

+ ❷ v2 - Add A Healthy Dose of Praise Daily

> Smart to have a daily regiment

- We take daily vitamins or medications

- We do regular exercise

- Get rid of trash & garbage regularly

- Take a shower or bath each day

> Why not give daily praise?

- Our family thrives when we give praise

- We praise our professionals in the skills they do.

- Excited over football WV / Maryland

- Thursday night WV won 45-24

> Why not praise our Savior daily?

> Psalm 119:164 – Seven times a day do I praise thee

because of thy righteous judgments.- By our silence we leave the impression that Christianity is not truly worthwhile and that Christ does not really make a difference.

+ ❸ v.8-9 Knowing the Benefits of Daily Praise.

> It will help us to have joy in our hearts even when the

world is distressing.

> Overcome waste

- It will help us to overcome the competitive and

materialistic spirit of our age.

> It will remind us of the faithfulness and goodness of


- It will create within us an attitude of gratitude.

> v.19 Gives hope

-. It will contribute to a spirit of optimism regarding the


+ ❹ v.3-6 Daily Praise Effects Others.

> What’s inside will come outside

- Give the testimony of your heart concerning what

Christ means to you as you have opportunity

- Your praise will encourage believers to have a greater


> Others are encourage by your joy

> v.18-20 It will encourage the unbeliever to have faith in Christ.

+ P.R.A.I.S.E.

> P - Pleases the Lord

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