Worthy of Praise
Verse 1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights above.
We have reached the last week of our series and will be spending this week talking about praising the Lord. Praise was an important part of the early Church and should be an important part of our lives too.
The early Church didn’t think of praise as a few songs that they sang at the beginning of a service. Praise was something much more than that and it wasn’t limited to the meeting together with other believers. Praise was different for the disciples because they had had a very personal relationship with Jesus and knew He was God. Praising was something very personal for them.
They had witnessed God praising Jesus at His baptism and Peter, James and John had witnessed God praising Jesus again on the mount during the transfiguration. There was so much to praise Him for and they knew it. He had turned their world upside down and opened their understanding about God in ways they may have struggled to explain.
They had marveled at the various miracles that they had seen Jesus perform. Everything from turning a few fish and loaves of bread into a feast for thousands of people with twelve baskets of leftovers to healing the blind, lame and even the dead. Then they witnessed His being praised and being heralded as the King as He enter Jerusalem. And then they were there when He was arrested. John witnessed Him killed on the cross and then they all witnessed Him alive and walking around. If ever there was a group that knew He was worthy of praise, the disciples were those men and that is why it was so personal for them.
The truth is that praise should be personal with each of us in the Church as well. We say we believe in Him but if He is our Lord and Savior we should have a different relationship with Him than merely believing. We didn’t witness, in person, all that the disciples did, but if we are living with Him there are things that we have witnessed Him doing in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Has He been changing your heart to be more in line with Him? That is a reason to praise Him. Has He answered a prayer for you? That is another reason to praise Him. There are so many reasons to praise Him and we are going to spend this week talking about the various ways He is worthy of our praise.
Making It Personal
How would you define praise? Is praise a part of your life beyond the Sunday service? What is something that you can praise Jesus for right now?
Making It Personal Kids
Who should you praise? What does praise sound like? How do you praise Jesus?
Father, we praise You for who You are. You alone are worthy of our praise. Teach us how to give You the purest praise. In Jesus’ name, amen.