Praise, Faith and the Promises of God


There are many great sermons and books on the subject of praise.  It is all throughout the Bible.  Our church services normally begin and end with a time of praise.  As Christians, we should be spending significant portions of our lives giving praise unto God.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Here are the verses that I went through in studying for this message.  There are far too many to quote here.  When you have the time, please read them.

These verses cover many different areas of praise and reasons for praise.  There are five basic reasons in these verses that men and women gave praise to God:

  1. They gave praise because of the things that God delivered them from; they praised God for answered prayer
  2. They gave praise to God for His power over their adversaries
  3. They gave praise to God for their relationship with Him
  4. They gave praise to God for His attributes, His authority and His position
  5. They gave praise to God for His promises

It is extremely important to remember that our lives belong to God.  Jesus traded His life for our life when He died upon the cross.  At salvation we traded our life for His life.

You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit who is in you. You have received the Holy Spirit from God. So you do not belong to yourselves, because you were bought by God for a price. So honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

They gave praise because of the things that God delivered them from; they praised God for answered prayer

Praise is the natural response to redemption.  We can never give God something He does not have; our greatest thanks to Him for what He has done for us is a life of obedience that is filled with praise to His name.

There are an abundance of things that God has done for us that should cause praise to flow forth from our hearts, mouths and lives.

  1. The cross & resurrection
  2. Salvation
  3. Baptism in the Holy Ghost
  4. Heaven

The list could go on and on through the things that are ours as a result of God’s grace.  We have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of His Son (Colossians 1:13).

Personally we have things God has rescued us from as well as things that He has kept us from.  There are promotions, provision, healings, deliverance, relationships, jobs, ministry, etc that should provide us with constant reasons to give Him praise.  Our praise is a celebration of His greatness and His victory in and through our lives.

They gave praise to God for His power over their adversaries

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. (Hebrews 2:14)

The power of the devil has been destroyed by Jesus Christ.  The power of sin has been destroyed by Jesus Christ.  The curse of the law has been destroyed by Jesus Christ.  This is reason enough to give God praise, but the victory of Christ over His adversaries has been given to us.  The same victory and authority that Jesus possesses was passed to us through His name.

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)

Opposition and adversity give us great reason to praise the name of our God because His name is above every name and He has given us the right, the authority and the privilege to proclaim and participate in His victory.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

Does this mean that we will have no problems or that we will always come out on top?  No.  We will have adversity and persecution in this life but our victory has already been won by our Savior.  We can praise God before, during and after every struggle that we have; knowing that He has already defeated our enemies.

They gave praise to God for their relationship with Him

We have been adopted.  We can call God, “Father” and He calls us His children.

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:15-16)

It is our attachment to Christ that grants us everything we need in this life and the next,

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Christ is the center of who we are.  He is the one worthy of praise.  The relationship that He has established with us through the New Covenant is something that deserves constant praise.  We are His and because of that He is ours.  When we face the trials of life the power of that relationship provides comfort and strength.  He will never leave us or forsake us; we are in covenant with the King. (Hebrews 13:5)

They gave praise to God for His attributes, His authority and His position

Simply said – we praise God for who He is, for what He is and for what He has.

We praise Him for His love, His mercy, His goodness, His provision, His power, His grace, etc.

We praise His because He is the only God.  We praise Him because He is the only way.  We praise Him because He never changes.  We praise Him for His faithfulness.  We praise Him because of His omnipotence.  We praise Him because of His omniscience.  We praise Him because … He is God.

They gave praise to God for His promises

Many of the things we praise God for have already happened in our lives.  We give Him praise for the things that He has done.  We give Him praise for who He is.  We also give Him praise for what He has promised to do.

We celebrate in the present those things which God has promised.  We extend our faith in God and His Word by proclaiming praise for things that have not come to pass but yet are promised in the Word.

We praise Him for heaven.

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (John 14:1-3)

We can praise God for things the Bible declares as promises to us as believers even when our current circumstances have not seen God move.  We can praise God for what He has promised to do.

It is a great act of faith to pray and ask God for something His Word says He will do.  We extend our faith when we praise Him after we have prayed.  We begin to thank Him in the present for that which we believe.  Not mind over matter, but praise for the faithfulness of God to His Word.

The world does not have to be perfect in order for us to praise God.  God is perfect and even in the midst of an imperfect world He is worthy of all honor and praise.

A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks.

Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. (Acts 16:22-25)

 

Conclusion:

Praise is a significant part of our lives.  It is proclaiming who God is, what He has, what He has done and what He is going to do.  Praise is our bragging and boasting about God.  It is a celebration of God.

When we praise God we turn the attention away from ourselves and our circumstance and turn it towards God.  Praise allows our focus to change and allows our faith to become active.  It is very difficult not to believe and receive from God when you spend time declaring His greatness and His faithfulness in your life.  When we praise Him we allow Him to manifest Himself.  When we praise Him we are providing an atmosphere for His presence.

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)

May our lives be lived in praise and worship to Jesus Christ; may we declare His greatness continually.

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