Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord from the earth... Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; both young men and maidens; Old men and children.
Why is it that we have such a hard time doing that for which we were created? Not only is everything that has breath to praise the Lord, (1) but all of creation is to do so. Of all creation, we are the only entity that seems to struggle with offering what is due to the Creator. There is only one thing that I can think of that would hinder us from openly praising the Lord of heaven and earth, sinful pride. Some call it shyness; God calls it pride. Some make excuses, God grants us none. Why do you think that such a large portion of the gathering of the saints is given to singing praises to God? Is it for the sake of entertainment or simply enjoyment? It is O.K. for the praise and worship to be enjoyable and even entertaining. However, the true and real reason is that God is worthy of it and we are created to offer it, even if it has to be a sacrifice.
(1) Psalm 150:6
Thought For The Night“Thy Providence supplies my food,
and 'tis thy blessing makes it good; my soul is nourish'd by thy word, let soul and body praise the Lord”. William Cowper, (1731-1800), poet, hymn-writer, letter-writer and translator.
Evening TextPsalm 148:7, 11, 12: Praise the Lord from the earth. …Kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth; both young men and maidens; old men and children.
Looking for Answers
Can praise be separated from worshipping?
Is God always worthy of our praise?
How do you praise Him?
Evening Study GuideDefining: “Praise”: To honor, applaud, magnify, laud, and exalt: in song, word and deed, with upraised hands, voices and hearts, with joy and sacrifice, music and composition.
Referencing: “Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” Psalm 150
Applying: As repeated over 60 times in the Scriptures: “Praise the Lord.”