Psalm 150:6 says, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!" Every believer is to be a praiser. We were created by God to be instruments of praise unto Him. Psalm 22:3 says, "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel." God inhabits the praises of His people. One translation says that God is enthroned in our praises. So if I want to experience God's presence and power in my life, I must learn to praise Him.
Psalm 63:3 says, "Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You." Praise must be an outward expression from us to God. We must voice and put action to our praise for it to become real praise to the Lord. In today's lesson I want to give you nine Biblical methods of praise. Study this outline and let the word instruct you on how to lift up your praise in a way that is pleasing to God.
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God Inhabits Our Praises II
I) Nine Biblical Methods of Praise
A) Ephesians 5:17-20 - Praise must be an outward expression from us to God.
vv.17-18 (AMP) - It is God's will that we be filled and stimulated - unctioned, motivated, led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is to be the dominate influence in our attitude and actions. Stimulate (Webster) - to raise, or excite to activity or increased activity.
B) 9 Ways to express our praise - Speaking, Singing, Thanking, Shouting, Clapping Hands, Playing Instruments, Spiritual Dance, Singing in the Spirit, Lifting Hands.
1-3) vv. 19-20 - Speaking, singing, thanking the Lord are ways we express praise to Him.
4) Psalm 63:3-4 - Praising the Lord with your voice. Lifting up your hands to Him.
a) Psalm 134:1-2 - Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.
5) Psalm 47:1 - Clap your hands and shout unto God with a voice of triumph.
v.1 (AMP) - Voice of triumph and songs of joy.
6-8) Psalm 150:1-6
vv.1-2 - We are to praise God in His Sanctuary for His mighty acts and greatness.
a) Psalm 100:1-4 - Come before His presence with singing, thanksgiving and praise.
vv.3-5 - Praise God with instruments, v.4 - Praise Him in the dance.
9) I Corinthians 14:12-15 - Be filled with the Spirit and praise God by singing in the Spirit.
C) Psalm 22:3 - God inhabits the praises of His people.
1) II Corinthians 3:17 (AMP) - Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.