Praise the Lord!

Praise in the book of Psalms: Most of the psalms are prayers, and most of the prayers include praise to God. Praise expresses admiration, appreciation, and thanks. Praise in the book of Psalms is often directed to God, and just as often the praise is shared with others. Considering all that God has done and does for us, what could be more natural than outbursts of heartfelt praise?

As you read Psalms, note the praise given to God, not only for what He does - his creation, his blessings, his forgiveness - but also for who He is - loving, just, faithful, forgiving, patient. Note also those times when the praise of God is shared with others and they, too, are encouraged to praise Him. In what ways have you recently praised God or told others all that He has done for you? Selected psalms that emphasize this theme are 8' 19; 30; 65; 84; 96; 100; 136; 145; 150.

Psalms 146-150 These last five psalms overflow with praise. each begins and ends with "Praise the Lord." They show us where, why, and how to praise God. What does praise do? 1) Praise takes our mind off our problems and shortcomings and helps us to focus on God. 2) Praise leads us from individual meditation to corporate worship. 3) Praise causes us to consider and appreciate God's character. 4) Praise lifts our perspective from the earthly to the heavenly.

Let's Praise the Lord!!!!!!

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