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Monday, August 11, 2008

Why Praise God?

I had the opportunity to preach this message last Sunday night in our church. I praise God for he called me to be a preacher and delivered me from the pit of sin.

TEXT PSALM 92:1


YOU NEED TO SET ASIDE TIME TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO GOD FOR THE BLESSINGS HE'S GIVEN YOU. PSALM 92:1 SAYS 'IT IS GOOD TO GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, AND TO SING PRAISES TO THY NAME O MOST HIGH. WE THINK WE ONLY HAVE TO GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE AT THANKSGIVING.
BUT IN REALITY WE SHOULD GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE GOD WITH EVERY BREATH WE TAKE, MORNING
EVENING, NOONTIME, AND NIGHTTIME. THERE IS 7 REASONS WE SHOULD PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY.

1 (PRAISE HELPS US READJUST OUR FOCUS) TENSION, STRESS, AND PRESSURE OF THIS WORLD DISTRACT US FROM GOD.OUR THINKING, OUR INTEREST, AND OUR USE OF TIME BECOME SELF-CENTERED INSTEAD OF SPIRIT-LED. WHEN WE PRAISE HIM, WE REMEMBER THAT OUR LIVES SHOULD CENTER AROUND GOD ALMIGHTY.PRAISE REFOCUS US ON ETERNAL MATTERS.

2 (PRAISE REMINDS US OF OUR DEPENDENCE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST) WE REMEMBER HOW MUCH WE NEED GOD. NO ONE IN THE WORLD- WHETHER THAT PERSON IS A BELIEVER OR NOT-CAN SURVIVE INDEPENDENTLY OF THE LORD FOR A SINGLE MOMENT. IN THE BLINK OF AND EYE,HE CAN STOP A HEART FROM BEATING HE CAN STOP US FROM TAKING OUR NEXT BREATH OR WAKE UP IN THE MORNING PRAISE REMINDS US OF OUR NEED TO RELY COMPLETELY ON THE LORD. WE SHOULD RELY UPON GOD IN EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIFE, TAKE EVERYTHING TO HIM IN PRAYER AND PRAISE GOD.

3 (PRAISE RELEASES US FROM OUR ANXIETIES.) TO BE PHYSICALLY, AND MENTALLY HEALTHY IS FOR US TO THANK AND PRAISE OUR LORD.WHOLE-HEARTED, GENUINE PRAISE DRIVES OUT TENSION THE NEXT TIME YOU FEEL ON EDGE JUST PRAISE GOD THANK HIM FOR WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE'S DONE FOR YOU.

4(PRAISE REFRESHES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD)

5(PRAISE REFINES OUR SPIRITUAL PERCEPTION)

6(PRAISE REINFORCES OUR FAITH)

7(PRAISE REJOICE OUR SPIRITS)

WHY SHOULD YOU AND I PRAISE GOD? HIS HOLY WORD SAYS IT'S GOOD. THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH MOTIVATION FOR EVERYONE. BUT I BELIEVE WHEN WE TAKE OUR FOCUS OFF OURSELF AND DEVOTE TIME AND ENERGY TO MAGNIFYING OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, WE ALSO REAP TREMENDOUS SPIRITUAL REWARDS THAT WILL BENEFIT US HERE AND NOW, AS WELL AS IN ETERNITY
THE GOSPEL IS ORDERED TO BE PREACHED TO EVERY HUMAN CREATURE, IT IS REQUIRED THAT EVERY HUMAN CREATURE PRAISE THE LORD. PRAYERS ARE CALLED OUR BREATHING, LET EVERYONE THAT BREATH TOWARD GOD IN PRAYER, BREATH FORTH HIS PRAISES TOO. WHILE WE HAVE BREATH LET US PRAISE THE LORD AND WHEN DEATH RUNS US OUT OF BREATH, WE WILL BE IN A BETTER STATE TO BREATH GODS PRAISES IN A FREE AND BETTER AIR. LET US TAKE PLEASURE IN KNOWING WHAT GLORIFIED SAINTS ARE DOING IN HEAVEN, WHAT THOSE ARE DOING WHOM WE HAVE BEEN ACQUAINTED WITH ON EARTH, BUT WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US AND LETS QUICKEN US TO DO THIS,OF THE WILL OF GOD, ON EARTH AS THOSE DO IT THAT ARE IN HEAVEN. HALLELUJAH IS THE WORD THE SING AND SHOUT THERE. LET US ECHO TO IT NOW HALLELUJAH PRAISE THE LORD.
(PS.106:1) Praise ye the Lord o give thanks unto the Lord for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.
(PS. 48:1) GREAT IS THE LORD AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED IN THE CITY OF OUR GOD, IN THE MOUNTAIN OF HIS HOLINESS.


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