Praising God

by Rev. Jim Bodnar on March 12, 2017
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Colossians 3:16
The past month, we’ve been looking at the book of Colossians. Here in Colossians we are encouraged to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly, to teach and admonish with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in our hearts to God.

Acts 2:47

On the day of Pentecost, after receiving the holy spirit, the disciples were “Praising God, and having favor with all the people.”

What does it mean to praise God?

Praise: the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation; the offering of grateful homage in words or song

Praising God is not simply saying, “Praise God,” “Praise You, Lord,” “Praise the Lord.” But rather, praising God is speaking well of God, talking or singing about things God has done.

1 Chronicles 16:4

When David brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, he appointed the Levites to minister in song. They were to celebrate, to thank, and praise Yahweh.

This first psalm presented gives tremendous insight as what it means to praise God.

1 Chronicles 16:7
Thank God for all He has done.
Give thanks to God -- thanking God for all He has done is a big part of praise.

Psalm 30:1-4; Psalm 100:1-5

1 Chronicles 16:8-9
Praise God for His works.
Make known His deeds; speak of all His wonders. Speak about the wonderful things that God has done. Creation itself glorifies God -- Psalm 33:6-9

1 Chronicles 16:10
Praise God for His holy name.
Glory in His holy name -- speak of His name. Jesus prayed -- “Hallowed be thy name” (Mt 6:9).
(Deuteronomy 10:17; 1 Chronicles 29:11-13)

1 Chronicles 16:11-14
Praise God for His judgments.
The judgments of God (the flood; judgments on Egypt; last enemy, death, will be defeated)

1 Chronicles 16:15-17
Praise God for His covenants (the covenant to Abraham, the covenant to David, the new covenant -- eternal Life, the Kingdom to come)!

1 Chronicles 16:18-36
Great is Yahweh and greatly to be praised! Ascribe to Yahweh the glory due His name! And the people said “Amen!” and praised Yahweh!

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