foundation truth

lesson 21 - PRaise

WHEN ARE WE TO PRAISE?

  • “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
  • “Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” Psalm 35:27
  • “While I live I will praise the Lord.” Psalm 146:1-3
  • “While I have my being.” Psalm 146:1-3, Psalms 45:17, 70:4, 71:6, 119:164
  • “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15; Luke 24:53; Ephesians 5:18, 20

HOW CAN WE DEVELOP THE ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE?

  • Thanksgiving for what God has done.
  • Praise for who God is.
  • Worship offering ourselves to God.

Psalm 100 is a song of Praise. It begins with the word “make” which is a creative word. This shows that praise is not to be a Pentecostal pattern. Praise is created in our hearts. Psalm 100:4 says we enter His gates (outer courts of heaven) with thanksgiving and come into His courts (the throne room) with praise.

WHERE ARE WE TO PRAISE?

  • In our homes. “Let the saints be joyful in the glory and beauty (which God confers upon them); let them sing for joy upon their beds” Psalm 149:5 (Amp.)
  • In the congregation (house of the Lord). “I will declare your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.” Psalm 22:22, 100:2, 100:4, 111:1, 134:2, 135:1,2
  • Before the unbeliever. Some feel that loud and demonstrative praise will drive away those who are not familiar with it. But, once again, the Word of God teaches just the opposite. Acts 2:46-47
    • “He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God; many will see it, and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3
    • ”Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them.” Psalm 126:2. Acts 16:25-
      34, 2:46-47 Praise is not only an expression of love but also of faith.

HOW ARE WE TO PRAISE?

We should praise God according to His Word. Psalm 119:25, 37

  • Mouths
    • Singing – “0 come, let us sing unto the Lord.” Psalm 95:1
    • Praying – I Timothy 2:8
    • Praising – Hebrews 13:15
  • Hands
    • Clapping – “0 clap your hands all ye people.” Psalms 47:1, 98:8; Isaiah 55:12
    • Lifting – “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.” Psalm 134:2
    • Playing Instruments – Psalm 150:3-6
  • Body
    • Standing – “Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord.” Psalm 134:1
    • Bowing – “0h, come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” Psalm 95:6
    • Dancing – “Let them praise His name with the dance: let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.” Psalms 149:3, 150:4; Acts 3:8

HOW DOES JUDAH ILLUSTRATE PRAISE?

The name Judah means “Praise the Lord.”

  • The tribe of Judah was promised the scepter to become the ruling tribe of Israel. Genesis 49:10
  • Judah was placed next to the door of the tabernacle in the camp of Israel. Numbers 2:3
  • Judah was chosen to lead the Israelites in the conquest of Canaan. Judges 1:1,2
  • Judah received more inheritance than they needed, so they shared their inheritance with the tribe of Simeon. Joshua 19:9

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

Dale Yerton