This word means ‘God be praised’. It is a call to praise.
Through this psalm we can learn much about the praise of God.
PRAISE IS BEYOND US
Praise is other worldly. The psalm talks of God’s sanctuary and His might heavens. There is praise there. It speaks of His surpassing greatness and His might acts of power. He is supreme.
He is a God who can do more than we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20-22) He is beyond our scope of understanding, scope of knowledge, and scope of imagination.
He’s a mysterious God, this otherworldly God of ours. He is deserving of our hallelujahs.
Activity: Look for the thing that is awesome to you. A sunrise, a flower, a mountain. Let it draw you into His presence.
PRAISE IS CREATIVE
Just as the vast array of instruments listed here to praise the Lord, so is the body of Christ in its variety of gifts. We are all unique and bring a different facet of creativity to the body, His church.
God accepts each and every one’s differences. He desires and loves your unique abilities. He delights in the special way you serve and glorify Him.
God delights in your unique hallelujahs.
Activity: Look for the creative ability God has given you to glorify Him. Can you sing? Draw? Count change? Organize? Encourage? Give a hug?
PRAISE IS SPIRIT-FILLED
The praise we lift to the Lord is spirit-filled because it is our breath that speaks of His glory and sings of His love.
You see, the word used for breath is Spirit. His Spirit. The two are interchangeable. When God breathed into Adam, it was with His very own Spirit. That very Spirit is the One inside of us.
We commit every breath to praising God and breathe Him out into the world.
The world needs your hallelujahs.
Activity: Breathe. Inhale, knowing we breathe in God. Exhale, knowing we share God with the world by who we are and what we do.
How are you praising the Lord today?
***Taken from John Ketchersid’s sermon July 9, 2017***