How to Live a Life of Praise: Lessons from the Psalms

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It isn’t an issue of whether or not we worship and praise. The only issue is what or who we praise. The book of Psalms has a number of lessons for us to learn. Here are notes from Sunday’s sermon.

Have the right target

We all worship. The only question is what or who our target is. The Psalms are clear that worship and praise should be directed toward God. Psalms 103 and 104 are plain examples of praise being given specifically to “the Lord.”

Remember what God has done

We all have experienced times when praise was difficult to pull off (maybe because of unfulfilled expectations or stress or disappointment). But remembering what God does encourages our faith for the future: “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds” (77:11-12).

Sing – and sing often

As Christians, we should be singing both personally and corporately. There’s no way around this issue! The Bible plainly states that people of faith are people of singing. Psalm 147:1 says, “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.”

Get with the right people

We can’t play down the import that people have in our lives. It’s there, and it’s unavoidable. So make sure that you are with the right people. Psalm 122:1 says, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.'” Do you have people in your life encouraging you in the Lord’s direction? If not, get with the right people.

Don’t forget your posture

The Psalms are unapologetic about worship posture. There are essentially 3 things that we can note: raising hands (63:4); kneeling (95:6); and dancing (149:3). If these 3 things are regularly appearing in your heartfelt worship and praise, then you’ve got a healthy praise life.

Not exhaustive, but a fair barometer to help determine whether or not you’re living a life of praise.

Blessings,

Joe

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