Summary: Praise is both a command of God and a necessary part of who we are in our relationship to Him.
The Importance of Praise
Prairie Baptist Church – 10/18/09
Text: Psalm 8
Key verse: Psalm 8:9 - O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!
Premise: Praise is both a command of God and a necessary part of who we are in our relationship to Him.
The Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, was not an easy man to serve under. He was brilliant, demanding, and not one to shower his subordinates with compliments. Yet even Wellington realized that his methods left something to be desired. In his old age a young lady asked him what, if anything, he would do differently if he had his life to live over again. Wellington thought for a moment, then replied. "I’d give more praise," he said. Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, p. 24.
Sometimes, life seems to be going so fast and passing us by, that when we look back, we will wish that we had praised God more.
To praise God is to acknowledge Him:
• His goodness
• His sovereignty
• His holiness
• His salvation
• His grace
Our trouble comes in not finding the time to praise Him, but taking the time to praise Him.
Is something missing in your Christian life? Try praise.
Is discouragement getting the best of you? Try praise.
When we praise, we take the focus off of this life and put it onto God.
That is always a win-win situation.
This Psalm meditates on the glory of God and His creation and of His goodness to man.
1. The Superiority of God – 8:1
2. The Strength of God – 8:2
3. The Supreme Creation of God – 8:3-5
4. The Supervision by God – 8:6-9
1. We Should Praise God Because He Deserves Praise – 1
A. There is no other deserving of praise beside God
B. Listen to the what surrounds the throne of God at all times - Isaiah 6:1-3 - 1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”
C. His glory transcends this earth – Isaiah 66:1 - Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?
2. We Should Praise God Because It Silences Critics – 2
A. A young musician’s concert was poorly received by the critics. The famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius consoled him by patting him on the shoulder and saying, ’Remember, son, there is no city in the world where they have a statue to a critic.’ Haddon Robinson.
B. Our determined praise frustrates those who would criticize us
i. Instead of retaliation, we show grace
ii. Instead of hatred, we show love
iii. Instead of judgment, we show patience
iv. All of this is a part of and accompanied by praise.
C. Praise is pleasing to God - Proverbs 16:7 - When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
3. We Should Praise God Because He Has Valued Us – 3-5
A. A story was told of a man who loved old books. He met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.” “Not Gutenberg!” the book lover exclaimed in horror. “That Bible was one of the first books ever printed. Why, a copy just sold for over two million dollars!”
His friend was unimpressed. “Mine wouldn’t have brought a dollar. Some fellow named Martin Luther had scribbled all over it in German.” Our Daily Bread, June 7, 1994.
God is of much greater value to us and we are of greater value to Him.
B. Job said in Job 10:12 - You have granted me life and favor, and Your care has preserved my spirit.
i. Out of all the works of creation, man is special (3-4)
ii. Jesus did not die for the anything in creation but man
C. God give us purpose and direction for our lives as His children
D. He put great thought and care into making each one of us - Psalm 139:14 - I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.