Throughout the Bible, writers repeatedly mention the need to praise God. Earlier today as I compiled this evening’s Youth Lesson, I reflected back on my life. At first I thought I did a pretty good job of praising God. However, as I continued to develop the lesson for the students, I realized that I have a lot of maturing to do in how and when I praise God.
Come back later as I finish this post, and I believe that you too, will admit that while we think we praise God, we really fall short of giving God the praise He deserves.
Tonight’s lesson is an interesting spin on the normal and ordinary thought process that we have, when we think about Praising God.
A Lesson on Praise:
Do you praise the Lord? If so, how? Write down some ways you praise the Lord. Seriously…, before continuing, just jot down a few ways that you “praise God.”
Throughout the Bible, we find passages of Scripture asserting the need to Praise the Lord. In Psalms, David highlights many reasons why we should Praise the Lord. In Psalms 146-150, we can even find a collection of Praise Psalms.
As I read through these passages (and there are many others throughout the Bible), I realized that a Christian should have “no restraint” when praising God. We are to sing, play instruments, and be thoroughly transparent in our sincere and continuous praise to God for ALL things.
Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
To list the reasons why we should praise God would take pages upon pages of material. However, this blog is NOT intended to explain WHY we should praise God, the Bible clearly states why. This entry is to help others express their praise properly.
This past week I attended the Blaze – a student led ministry just starting in Tuscaloosa, AL. I was amazed at the enthusiasm and praise that students (teenagers) can express to God because of their love for Him. Then, unfortunately, I remembered the following anecdote:
A new pastor in Your City, USA, spent the first four days making personal visits to each of his prospective congregation inviting them to come to his inaugural services.
The following Sunday the church was all but empty. Accordingly, the pastor placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that, because the church was dead, it was everyone’s duty to give it a decent Christian burial. The funeral would be held the following Sunday afternoon.
Morbidly curious, a large crowd turned out for the ‘funeral’ .
In front of the pulpit they saw a closed coffin which was covered in flowers. After the priest had delivered the eulogy, he opened the coffin and invited his congregation to come forward and pay their final respects to their dead church.
Filled with curiosity as to what would represent the corpse of a ‘dead church’, all the people eagerly lined up to look in the coffin. Each ‘mourner’ peeped into the coffin then quickly turned away with a guilty, sheepish look.
In the coffin, tilted at the correct angle, was a large mirror.
I wonder how many of us are members of this ‘Dead Church’…?
Why? Because “praise” includes being joyful, rejoicing, and glad in spirit. It should involve the “whole heart” of oneself. Nothing should restrain a person from properly praising God. Yet many people in church have a somber look on their face, why?
I understand that each person’s method of praise is different. The problem is that many of us feel uncomfortable praising God in our way. Or, we don’t know how to properly praise God, and feel like we need to fit in. We don’t want to offend anybody. Or, maybe we don’t want to feel embarrassed by what we do, or how we do it.
The Blaze is a great example of many young Christians that have removed restraints from their lives. They publicly display their praise and worship to God. So maybe you don’t want to jump up and down and hoot and holler for God like teenagers. That’s fine!…as long as you don’t let anyone else hinder your praise to God.
Even through all the techniques and methods of praising God, we must remember two remaining items. If you truly are thankful for what God is doing for you, have you really praised God?
1) Are you living your life for God in a way that is pleasing to Him?
2) Are you telling others what He has done for you?
- Don’t let anyone or anything hinder your worship and praise to the Lord. If somebody or something is holding you back from praising God, cut your ties from it/them.
- b) Your life is a form of praise. Some of us have stayed quiet about our beliefs, never telling anyone that we are Christians. However, we should be proud of who we are and tell people we’re Christians and…how THEY TOO can have a life with Christ.
If you like loud music, great worship, and unrestrained praise…Come to the Blaze on Monday nights this summer at 8pm on Bear Creak Cut-off Road.