A time of Praise and Thanksgiving
Praise: Webster’s- to proclaim the glory of God.
Is praise beneficial? Do we benefit as we praise our Mighty God.
Hebrew word for praise. Do you see the start of a word often used?
– to be clear (…of sound…); to shine, to make a show
– to boast; to be clamourously foolish, make foolish
– to rave, to celebrate, commend
– to sing praise, renowned
Excerpt from poem
If Praise is a Prayer
If praise is a prayer
And a song is a Psalm
Then teach me to sing
All the day long
If prayer is dialogue
Effective and powerful
Your language I speak
Every hour full
If sighs and groaning
Then help my mind
Stay always learnable
© laurette laster 2021
It is proven; praising God has incredible and indescribable benefits. Praise is a restorative tool. Praising God changes our focus, refocusing our affections, realigning our priorities, and restoring our souls when the focus is redirected to Him. King David knew this, acknowledging The LORD as his Shepherd, saying He restores my soul. (Psalm 23). As we praise The LORD, our spirit, becomes more pliable, open, and receptive to receiving from God’s Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Truth is magnified in us, around us, and through us by praise. Holy Spirit is ushered in with this harmony of praise.
bless, carol, celebrate, emblazon, exalt, extol (also extoll), glorify, hymn, laud, magnify, resound
adore, belaud, deify, idolize, worship
acclaim, applaud, commend, compliment, hail, renown, salute
chant, cheer, eulogize, rhapsodize;
does our praise matter? I think I we know! Of course it does.
So we close this morning with this chapter, that David, the great psalmist closes the book with. The last several chapters of the book of Psalms begin with these words: Praise The Lord.
“Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens!
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!”
(Psalm 150:1-6 ESV)
David didn’t need to deny circumstances, he simply and unashamedly teaches us to PRAISE.
God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.
Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette