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HOW I PRAISE

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What is praise? What does it look like? When should I praise? These questions and more we will answer in this message.

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Psalm 34:1 NLT
I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.
Expressing approval of or admiration for God.
Expressing respect and gratitude towards God.
Halal ~ Yada ~ Zamar
Praise with your lips
Psalm 150:1–2 NLT
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!
Praise with instruments
Psalm 150:3–5 NLT
Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
Praise with singing
Psalm 150:6 NLT
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Praise with dancing.
Psalm 149:3 MEV
Let them praise His name with dancing; let them sing praises unto Him with the tambourine and harp.
Praise in congregation.
Psalm 22:22 NLT
I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among your assembled people.
Psalm 22:25 NLT
I will praise you in the great assembly. I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.
Praise Sacrificially
Hebrews 13:15 NLT
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
Psalm 150:6 NLT
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!
How you praise, is your testimony.
Praise is your Weapon of Mass Destruction
2 Chronicles 20:1–3 NLT
After this, the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat. Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea. They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” (This was another name for En-gedi.) Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting.
2 Chronicles 20:20–26 NLT
Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.” After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!” At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped. King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder. They found vast amounts of equipment, clothing, and other valuables—more than they could carry. There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all! On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the Lord there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today.

In the OT the words for praise mainly used are hālal, the root meaning of which is connected with making a noise; yādâ, which was originally associated with the bodily actions and gestures which accompany praising; and zāmar, which is associated with the playing or singing of music.

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