Psalm 150

May 21 2017

Choir Appreciation Day

 Praise the Lord!

 

Praise the Lord! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Psalm 150

May 21 2017

Choir Appreciation

Praise the Lord!

Let everything that has breath praise the ,Lord!

 

Praising God is a core characteristic of the Christian life! We can’t  be the people God has called us to be without praising God for everything He has given us. Praise is also a core characteristic of our life as a Church and our worship of God. Praising God is a core characteristic of the church. It is an essential element in its DNA. Wherever the church exists, there will be praise.

But what is praise? Nelson’s Bible Dictionary tells us that praise is “an act of worship or acknowledgment by which the virtues or deeds of another are recognized and extolled”.

Our praise toward God is the means by which we express our joy to the Lord. We are to praise God for who He is and for what He does for us. Both adoration – praising God for who He is – and thanksgiving — praising God for what He does–  are important and vital parts of our lives and our worship.

Why is praise so vital to our lives as individual Christians and our corporate life as a Church?

First of all, we are  commanded by God to give praise.  Over 50 times the Psalms include the imperative: “Praise the Lord.” And the word  praise occurs 209 times in the Psalms.  Passages like  Psalms 150 command us to praise God. In the New Testament we are commanded to praise God  on many occasions, and many times we see the early Church praising God. We are commanded to praise God at all times.  As Christians,  we should be a praising community.

Secondly, praise is the only appropriate response to the wonder and glory of God. Again,  we praise God for who He is and for what He does. Psalm 150:2 says to “Praise Him for His acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Both God’s greatness – who God is – and His deeds – what God does – are  worthy of praise.

Thirdly, praise lifts your hearts, lightens your load, and changes y our countenance. Psalm 43:5 says “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you  disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him”

Too many times we are not known for our exuberance or excitement t in worship. We are too often like the man who after being married 30 years found that his wife was not happy in their relationship. She wanted him to express his love for her more often. His response was, “I told you when we got married that I loved you; and I’ll let you know if I ever change my mind.”

You  need to express your love for God, especially when you  worship. When  you do this your  heart will open, your load feel lighter, and your countenance brighten You will feel better –and – who knows — others might even like you better.

A fourth reason for praise is that praise changes your perspective, and your attitude. It changes your perspective on things. What seemed insurmountable appears less overwhelming. What seemed a problem becomes a challenge. What seemed a setback becomes a stepping-stone forward. What seemed incurable may have  a cure. It is said of Martin Luther, the great Protestant Reformer, that whenever he would face a significant problem, he would say, “Let’s sing a hymn and spite the Devil.” He knew the power of praise.

As Luther knew,  praise is a significant part of  your spiritual arsenal against the wiles of the Devil. In the book of Acts, whenever you see the Apostles and other Christians come under attack, either spiritual or physical, they praise God. And in the midst of their praises,  sometimes they were deliver from the attack.

So, when should we give praise to God? We should praise God all the time, but most especially in worship.

Today is Choir appreciation Sunday, a special day when we recognize the choir and the muscians for what they do for us in worship. We at Edgewood are blessed to have the caliber of  music that we have. Tim and Wilson  are extremely talented, and we are blessed to have them share their musical talents with us.  Th choir  is a committed group that practices and sings in worship for the glory of God.  Our music is a vital part of our worship, and we give praise to God for Tim, Wilson, and the choir for the blessing God gives us as they lead us in worship. 

Indeed, let us continue  to praise the Lord! 

Praise the Lord!

Let everything that has breath praise the ,Lord!