Summary: This sermon helps us to see the difference between Worship and Praise and why do we praise Him each week
Why We Do What We Do!
Why Do We Praise Him?
Psalms 63: 3-5
Over the next several weeks we are going to be answering the question why do we do what we do here at Spencer Christian Church. We are going to answer the question, why do we sing songs of praise, why do we worship each week, why do we take communion each week, why do we take up an offering each week, why to we have a sermon each week and why is there an invitation each week. I think this will be both a good refresher of why we do what we do and also will be a good time of teaching as well. Today we start the series on why do we sing songs of praises each week. If you have your Bibles then turn with me to Psalm 63:3-5 and let’s see what God has in store for us.
3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
There was a preacher who was trying to sell his horse. A potential buyer came by the church for a test drive. Before you start the preacher said, this horse only responds to church talk. Go, is Praise the Lord! And Stop is Amen! So the man on the Horse says Praise The Lord and the horse begins to trot the man again says praise the Lord and the horse begins to gallop
Suddenly there is a cliff right in front of the horse and the man yells amen!! The horse stops just at the edge of the cliff the man wipes the sweat from his brow and says “Praise the Lord!!”
There is a difference between praise and worship. During the praise time we sing about God, praise relates to God’s character, who He is, we sing about his mercies, about His grace, but when we worship Him we sing to Him.
One of the things that distinguishes the people of God from all others is praise.
We, who have been born again, filled and baptized with the Spirit posses a burning and blazing desire to praise the Lord. Praise is an natural behavior for the true child of God.
Have you ever just been driving and find yourself singing praises to God? Or maybe while your working at your desk you find yourself praising Him? We find ourselves constantly praising him for life, health and strength. We praise Him for family, friends and even sometimes our enemies. We praise Him for our Mountains, and His mercies. We praise him for our troubles and His triumphs, for Ups and Downs. We praise Him in spite of life’s mishaps!
See we all can recall those moments when nobody else was around and tears start to run down our faces, joy floods our soul like sea billows rolling and deep from within us comes the sound of praise. When we truly realize who HE is and what HE has done there is with in us a burning to celebrate the awe of His presence, and His power.
For us to understand why we praise Him, then we first need to understand what Praise is. Praise comes when we come into a knowledge about God’s power. Let me put it another way. Praise is the response we have when we come to know who God really is. When we come to know Him for ourselves, and find out that He is all we need and then some. When we figure this out then we can’t help but to praise Him. So why do we praise Him in song and in word each week?
1. Because He is worthy to be praised!
God is worthy of our Praise. Psalms 18:3 3 I will call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
All believers are commanded to praise God! In fact, Isaiah 43:21 explains that praise is one reason we were created, "This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise." Hebrews 13:15 confirms this: "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that confess his name."
Praise originates in a heart full of love toward God. Deuteronomy 6:5 says, "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. We know that we love God because He first loved us! Without God’s love, any praise you can offer is hollow. Love, born from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, is an essential part of your praise.