Encouragement

Praise the Lord Openly and Unashamedly

March 14, 2014

How often do you praise God, or recognize the blessings that he gives? Christian, when was the last time you praised him openly, and with your whole heart? Do you spend the worship services at your church thinking about what’s going to be for lunch, or looking around to see who made it to church today?

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
Psalm 145:1-12

In this psalm, God gives 10 separate instances of his creation praising him.

Four times David says that he himself will give God praise.

Three times he speaks of men or people in general, not just saints, praising him.

Twice he calls out the redeemed specifically, saying that they will give him praise.

And once, he even says that the works of God shall praise him.

It’s amazing that in just a few short verses, God clearly communicates the example of giving him praise. Christians should be talking about how good he is, and his good works. They should give him praise directly, should talk to the lost about him, and talk to the saved about him.

Many times when I’m out running errands or seeing clients, God will give me an opportunity to talk to someone about Christ. There have been times when I was brushed off, but there have also been times when I was able to speak freely and communicate truth to people.

But it makes me think of just how little I speak of him, on any level whatsoever.

Am I too busy? Am I ashamed of him? Am I ashamed of myself?

What about you?

Believers won’t always get a large slot of time with another person to talk about the Lord.

But there’s always an opportunity to mention in passing how the Lord has blessed, or to simply say “praise the Lord” instead of thank you. Or just to tell someone “God loves you”, or to say “Amen” or any number of things that just take a few seconds, but give God glory and perhaps, arouse curiosity in the minds and hearts of others. Curiosity leads to questions, which leads to open opportunities to witness to others.

Furthermore, there’s always time to give God praise directly.

There is nothing that compares to the love of God. Christ loves you, and he died for your sins, and his gift to you is eternal life. He’s already paid the price, all you have to do is accept his gift.

So if you haven’t accepted his gift, nor understand why he deserves your worship and praise, then click here to find out how you can inherit eternal life.

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