But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light… — 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us, That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. — Psalm 67:1-3 (NKJV)
Understanding the Realities of Praise
Praise is ________________ the wonders of God’s person.
Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You….” Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. — Psalm 66:1-3, 5 (NKJV)
He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the LORD. — Psalm 40:3 (NLT)
Praise is _______________ the presence of God and being consumed by His beauty.
I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet. — Psalm 27:4 (MSG)
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. — Psalm 73:24-25 (NIV)
Praise is ________________ in the glory of God and enjoying all He has for us.
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. — Psalm 37:3-4 (NIV)
Blessed are the people who know the passwords of praise, who shout on parade in the bright presence of God. Delighted, they dance all day long; they know who you are, what you do—they can’t keep it quiet! Your vibrant beauty has gotten inside us—you’ve been so good to us! We’re walking on air! — Psalm 89:15-17 (MSG)
Praise is ________________ the enemies of God by enthroning the presence of God.
But you [God] are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. — Psalm 22:3 (NKJV)
Then Hezekiah prayed to GOD: “GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies, enthroned over the cherubim-angels, you are God, the only God there is, God of all kingdoms on earth. You made heaven and earth… But now step in, O GOD, our God. Save us from him. Let all the kingdoms of earth know that you and you alone are GOD… Then the Angel of GOD arrived and struck the Assyrian camp—185,000 Assyrians died. By the time the sun came up, they were all dead—an army of corpses! — Isaiah 37:15-16, 20, 36 (MSG)
AFTERTHOUGHTS… PONDER AND PRAY
Ponder what you feel it means to discover the wonders of God’s person. King David spoke of beholding or contemplating the “beauty of the Lord.” How would you define this? Journal your thoughts in the space that follows.
Prayerfully express your desire to learn to praise God more. Focus on a particular need or issue in your life (or the lives of others) and then verbally declare your delight in God “over” this need or issue.