Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
2 Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
6 He also established them forever and ever;
He made a decree which shall not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9 Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
14 And He has exalted the horn of His people,
The praise of all His saints—
Of the children of Israel,
A people near to Him.
Praise the Lord!
1 Thess. 2:4-10
4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. 5 For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness—God is witness. 6 Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. 8 So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 9 For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
10 You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe;
37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:
“ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
11 “You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”
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So we’re going to be good turning to Psalms we finished up with Luke it was a long journey through Luke but we’re in Psalms 148 verses one through 14 this morning hear the word of the Lordpraise the Lord praise the Lord from the heavens praise Him In The Heights praise him all his angels praise him all his host praise him sun and moon praise him all you stars of light praise him you have ins of heavens and you waters above the heavens let them praise the name of the Lord for he commanded and they were created he also established them forever and ever he made a decree which shall not pass away praise the Lord from the earth you great sea creatures in all the depths fire and hail snow and cloud stormy when filling his fulfilling his word mountains and all hills fruit trees in all Cedars beast and all cattle creeping things and flying file kings of the earth and all peoples princes and all judges of the earth both young men and maidens old men and children let them praise the name of the Lord for his name alone is exalted his glory is above the earth and heaven and he has exalted the horn of his people the praise of all his saints of the children of Israel a people near to Him praise the lord how. Now there are times when you’ll read to Scripture and you’ll read a passage of Scripture and you’ll have to really search and really dig deep to find the context the true context of that scripture but I believe today that even the young people could tell me what the context of that scripture is what the context of that scripturewhere Use listen.Was the context of that scripture.Yeah.Parade’s There you go I’m glad one of them was listening praises Manson 13 times13 times in that passage so I mean it’s very easy to figure out the context of today’s Scripture isn’t it and I am fairly certain that everyone knows what it means to offer prayers but just for clarification case you weren’t listening is the act of expressing approval or admiration it is commendation is logged Asian is offering a grateful homage of words or song is a knack of worship is a hymn of praise to God is a state of being a prude heard marring that’s what it is to praise my friends is that not just what we finished before I walked up or to the puppet were we not praising him with our voices with song Amen we do it every week during the service it is a very important part of our service is it not as a matter of fact it may be the most important part some would say that it is the most important part that we praise him praise him the word praise comes from the Latin praeter home p.r. e.t.i. u m m a not a pronounced that wrong correctly Zoe you’re taking Latin How do you pronounce thatpre-term meaning price or value he was saying would you look at my notes price or value. It is ascribing value or worth to something right that’s what it is we’re scribing value to something you know every year and go off track a little bit here every year we get a tax assessment form from the mineral county tax assessor in this form they want you for your real estate property they want you to list when you purchased it what the value was in what you assess it to be worth now and then your vehicles and we’re doing it we play personal pay personal property tax they want you to list all your vehicles Your pull your buildings and all of this other personal property stuff and they want your pool and they want you to list what your you purchased it how much you paid for it and what you’ve assess it to be worth now and sometimes I think you are you know let’s just say you know how to vehicle you couple years ago you paid $20000.00 for Sometimes I have a half a mind to put like $10.00 down just to see if they’re paying attention and say you know what they want me to do their job there are the tax assessor’s not me but sometimes I’m going to do that one these days I’m going to you know it’s worth $10.00 just to see if they call me opposite a Mr Hickson Do you really that things are only worth $10.00so I can tell you who is worth a great deal of money great deal great you can’t put a price tag on it and that is God I could use that as a witness to write maybe they’ll call me someday.All right you know it times mankind often bestows praise upon unworthy objectsand there are times when praise is within proper motives we might praise someone to make it feel good to see what we can get out of for our own.We have our own motives we should not praise unworthy objects nor should we praise with improper motives true praise should come from a sincere heart a real conviction of worth knowing God’s worth to wasthere are times when men and women young and old children they are the object of praise Now don’t get me wrong it is not always wrongthis is not always wrong to praise others because everyone needs a little recognition for their accomplishments right we should get recognition or share recognition for the accomplishments of others you know whenever our children graduate from high school we’re going to praise them for getting straight A’s going to want to adopt right hopefully when our kids graduate from college we’re going to praise them and admire them for their great accomplishments we would we give admiration to those that for the things that they’ve done we want them to feel like they’re valuable valued right we don’t want her children to go through life feeling like they’re they’re not worth anything like they’re not valuable to us right so we want to pursue a study value upon them a credit value upon them rightthat’s what it is value going to we’re going to talk a lot about value todaywe should not wait for someone to accomplish some great big accomplishment before we make them feel valuable we should do it every day couples ought to ensure that their spouse knows that they appreciate what you do for them or per se them not just what they do for you but that your purse shape them that they are valuable in your eyesjust this past week down to form working and I was tasked with the job of going down picking some onions. And we plant these big candy onions they get real big so what we do is you’ve got to get down you’ve got to pull them out of the ground and you cut the root off and then you cut the the stem off then you’ve got to peel back some of the layer so it’s a nice pretty clean white onion needs to be able to sell the market so I go down to pick on humans and one of our neighbors neighboring farm his name is Arnold and he’s 83 years old his wife is 74 years old when they were down there getting some to mate is for canning So he’s in his little commode is all sob aside and I’ve been there picking onions in Arnold says when you get done pick an Emmy says you can take him down here by the trees in the shade and clean them and get him ready I said yes he goes Why says I I’ll take Linda or he said she want to get Stonies tomatoes he says and I’ll come back and help here. Last word you don’t need to do that because now I want to he says I appreciate the tomatoes he said I want to come back and help you said Well Ok I picked up our of I’m like nah I’m not crates up a couple thoughts such sum up the truck so we’re work and it took us a couple hours at least we’re going to bore we’re almost done and others through a crater on a corner he goes up a very way to get the my story where they’re talking the whole time we’re working and talking in Arnold shares with me that his wife Linda last year fell and broke one arm any other are messed up or shoulder so she had he said both arms were like this he said she couldn’t do anything he says I had to do everything he said I’m talking even you know everything had to dress or he says I had to do all the cooking all the cleaning everything around the house everything that she did I had to do plus my stuff he goes oh my God she said this about the way said it was I had no idea I had no idea she did so much he says he goes I’ve learned to really tell her really tell her a lot how much I appreciate her how much I value her he says and it’s from change made he says I help a lot more than I used to he says I used to not help at all round house he says I help her down he says because now I see what she did husbands are we doing thatare we telling our wise how much we value them how much we appreciate them not just what they do for us but what they do was Are you telling your husbands you appreciate them this you value them we value we should value and appreciate others. Yes give him a little praise is not wrongbut with that said we are not to save the praise of menwe are to strive to do good strive to be kind to one another to do unto others because you as you do unto the least of these Jesus says you do want to me. But we are to strive to please God most evolvedand praise God 1st us alone eons to or through 10 says but as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel even so we speak not as pleasing men but God who test our hearts my friends strive to please God because he test our hearts for neither at any time did we use flattering words as you know nor a cloak for covetousness God is witness nor do we seek glory from men either from you or from others when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ but we were gentlewoman you jest as nursing mothers cherishes as a nursing mother Sherry says her own children so affectionately longing for you we were well pleased to impart to you only the gospel of God but also our own wise because you had become dear to us for you remember brother and our labor and toil for laboring night and day that we might not be a burden to any of you we preach to you the gospel of God You are witnesses and God also how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behave ourselves among you who believeso we may praise and commend others for their accomplishmentsfor their worth but when it comes to praise our truest in our highest praise my friends belongs to God It belongs to God Our very 1st versus someone 48 said Praise the Lord praise the Lord.You know the book The Songs the whole entire book speaks more about praise than any other book of the Bibleyou can turn to almost every single chapter in the book of Psalms and it’s going to be speaking of praise148 chapters a very unique chapter you know I read this about a month ago I read it while we was on vacation it just really spoke to my heart it’s very unique you know it says that the beast in the cattle or to praise him the creeping things the flying fowl the Eagles you know flat around there should be praising God fire in hell snow in clouds all these sea creatures all that is in the depths of the sea shell praise him you know how can that be when Romans 8 worse 18 to 22 says for I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us for the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God for her for the creation was subjected to futility not willing but because of him who subjected in and hope because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God who we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now my friends when man sin we know that it affected the entire t. of creation. Because animals die right I mean we have our pets that we love dearly but we know that most of the time our pets will live 12 to 1516 years they’re going to die why because man sin we know the trees which is a living thing we know that they die you walk out into the woods you’re going to see trees laid on the ground you’re going to look up and see trees that have no leaves because they’ve died right we know that sin has affected all of creation so it says that creation grown is waiting for things to be restored right waiting for the sons of men to return right so it only stands to reason that if creation can grow.And way with expectation that creation can praise Himwho is you know you go out in the nice spring morning or even this morning I went out on the porch a 2nd it’s a nice pot quiet peaceful place and you hear the birds singing right who’s to say that those birds singing are praising the Lordif you ever heard the whaleswho’s to say that those beautiful noises that well out of there those noises at the well make Who’s to say that they’re not praising GodDear make a lot of noises dear will grant and those snore will make all other kind of various noises who’s to say that they’re not praising God How about when the winds are blowing a little bit and then leaves are going like this they’re waving their hands and praising God who’s to say that they aren’t How about when that ocean waves roll and clap that they’re not praising GodI feel that creation all of creation when they’re doing what God is intended to do they are praising God. When they are doing what they’ve intended them to do they are praising their creator they’re praising him for his goodness for his creative power that all of creation prays and even a inanimate nature even though they don’t have the intelligence they don’t have the intelligence like God give me at work like we’re supposed to have right up with that in our Yeah we’re supposed to be intelligent supposed to be intelligent enough to praise him but not all are but even if inanimate nature I believe can praise their creator and I believe they do praise their Creator you know they have their way of communicating as I just spoke of how do we know that they’re together when you’re communicating or not praising GodChrist Himself said that if man would not praise him that the very rocks could cry out in Luke 1937 through 40 and as he was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen saying bless it is a king who comes in the name of the Lord peace in heaven and glory in the highest and some of the Pharisees called to him from the crowd saying Teacher rebuke your disciples but he answered and said to them I tell you that if these should speak you know that if these should keep silent the stones would immediately cry outKaren shared out just not too long ago just a couple few weeks agothat the Stones would cry out my friends we don’t want stones crying out in our placepraise him praise him with all your heart this is a heavenly host of angels or to praise him. The Chaldee translates as praise the Lord the Holy creatures from the heavens praise him be armies of supreme angels praise him all yea jewels who minister before himso the most important thing is not whether or how the inanimate things praise him but that we who have breath praise him. That we who are created in the image of God would praise him that we who has given intelligence would praise him verses 11 through 13 said kings of the earth in all peoples my friends are you part of that all in all peoples princes in all judges of the earth both young men in maidens all manage Eldredge and let them praise the name of the Lord and his name alone is exalted his glory is above the earth and heaven that all that has breath praise him about an illustration a story told by Louis Albert Banks he says that the body is not crippled till the heart has ceased to praise he tells of an early Christian man a fine singer who learned that he had cancer of the tongue and that surgery was required said in the hospital after everything was ready for the operation a man said to the doctor are you sure that I will never sing again the surgeon found it very difficult to answer his question he just had to merely shake he said no the patient then as I think it set up for a moment he says I’ve had many good times singing praises to God he says I Now to tell you now you tell me that I can never sing again he says I have one song that will be my last. It will be a song of gratitude and praise to my God So they’re in the presence of that doctor the nurses the man softly saying the words of Isaac Watts’ him I will praise my maker while I have breath I look that song up and found and I want to read that song to you I’m not going to I’m going to spare you I’m going to sing it to you because David would turn me down if you turn me off so I’m going to read it to you I will praise my maker while I have breath and when my voice is lost in death pray show employ my nobler powers my days of pray shout in air be passed wildlife and thought and being last or am or immortality endures happy are those whose hopes rely on Israel’s God who made to sky and earth and see us with all their training whose truth forever stands secure who saves the oppressed and feeds the poor for none shall find God’s promise Vang the Lord pours eyesight on the blind the Lord supports the feigning mind and sends a laboring conscious peace God helps the stranger in distress the widow and the father less and grants the prisoner sweet release all praise my God who lends me breath and when my voice is lost in death pray show employ my nobler powers my days of praise shall ne’er be passed while life and thought and be last or immortality in doors my friends again that everything that have breath praise him revelations revelation for 9 to 11whenever the living creatures give glory and honor. And thanks to him he says on the throne who lives forever and ever the 24 elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever and they cast their crowns before the throne saying you are worthy Oh lord to receive glory and honor and power for you created all things and by your will they exist and were createdby friends again you are worthy of the Lord to receive glory honor and power he is worthy John the Revelator gives us an example or gives us a glimpse rather into the throne of God and the activity that takes place therein praising God is a big part of what goes on in Heaven the elders fall down and they worship and they put their crowns before himbecause he is the one who created all things he is the one who sustains all things friends he is worthy he is worthy of all of our praise is long as we have breath he is worthySo do you ascribe value and worthto GodHow could you what what value would you apply to God ascribed to GodI don’t think I mean he’s more precious than gold more beautiful than silver all those things he is more valuable than anything anything on his serve he has created all things sustains all things gives life to all things He gives us hope he gives us the hope of eternal lifehow can people not praise him might be a good question ask how could they not praise him.John Wesley when he was about 21 years of age John Wesley the founder of Methodism.He went to Oxford University he came from a Christian home and he was gifted with a keen mind but also good looks but yet in those days when he 1st went to Oxford he was a bit of a snobbish young man and a little bit sarcastic I didn’t know that too I found this information one night However something happened that set in motion a change in John Wesley’s heart while speaking with the porter he discovered that the poor fellow had only one coat and lived in such impoverished conditions that he didn’t even have a bedyet he was an unusually happy person filled with gratitude to God So Wesley being in mature and thoughtless as he was at that time joked about the man’s missing fortune misfortunesand what else do you thank God for he said with a bit of sarcasm the porter smiled in the spirit of making us reply was Joy I thank Him that He has given me life given me my life and a heart to love him and above all a constant desire to serve Him deeply moved west and recognize that this man knew the meaning of true thankfulness and true praise and he gave great value to God Many years later in 79 he wanted John Wesley to lay on his deathbed at the age of 88 those who gathered around him realize how well he had learned the lesson of praising God in every circumstance despite his extreme weakness he began to sing that same him that I just read to you now praise my maker while I have breath that story was found in our daily bread or we in that place in our relationship with God that we can say that while I have breathI will praise my makerI pray that we are there.I pray that we will praise him as long as we have breath in these lumps as long as he’s given us life let us praise the one who created all things the one who made us in His own image Amen.