1 Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
We don’t always feel like praising God. Things happen in everyday life that steals our inner innate desire to praise God. In praise, we celebrate who God is, His goodness and His greatness. When we are in a dark spot, the last thing we want to do is celebrate. But when we are in the darkest place is the exact time when we need to celebrate who God is the most.
The worldly perspective is that we celebrate when things are fortunate. In the world, your circumstances define your disposition. By contrast, we celebrate God not because life is good but because God is good. If we are defined by our environment, then we have nothing to bring to our situations. However, when we can focus on God in the midst of our situations, we gain a perspective that allows us to bring joy to our environment.
We celebrate because God is victorious in the midst of evil in this world.. By praising we are proclaiming God’s victory in the midst of what looks like defeat.
Praise and celebration are foundational and essential to being God’s people. However, many Christians today are missing out on the importance of doing this together. We emphasize information, but we often don’t see the power of encountering God and the impact that it can have on our lives.
When we come together as a people with a common Lord, a common faith and common aspiration and when we focus our minds to praise and celebrate the goodness of God, things can happen that otherwise would never happen.
It’s good to do praise alone, but there’s a unique experience we can have while doing these with others, whether in small group or larger, weekend group. In the case of praise, the principle of unity is far greater, for God has promised to show up in a unique way when his people come together.
There is an important dimension of the kingdom missing when you’re not regularly coming into God’s presence by praising Him with others. Singing praises on your own is great, but the relational God designed everything to work best when done with others.
There's a special dimension to encountering God when in unity with others. God is present in a unique way when a community is united in worship. Here transformation can take place.
When we worship together, God’s presence pushes out demonic forces, strongholds of sin and addiction, marriages are healed and other miracles happen and all because we choose to worship when our moods and preferences are set aside.
THE MAIN: WHEN WE SING PRAISES TOGETHER…