Let’s Just Praise the Lord

Sunday November 17, 2019   Phone: 570.829.5216
Pastor David Miklas e-mail pdmikBBM@aol.com
Message: Let's Just Praise the Lord – Text: Ps. 145:1-21

 

 

Let’s Just Praise the Lord

 

INTRODUCTION: Please take your Bibles and notice the last five Psalms in the book of Psalms – 146, 147, 148, 149, and 150. Here you will discover something very, very unusual about these Psalms.

 

Notice the first four words of Psalm 146, “Praise ye the LORD.” Notice the last four words of Psalm 146, “Praise ye the LORD.”

 

Notice the first four words of Psalm 147, “Praise ye the LORD.” Notice the last four words of Psalm 147, “Praise ye the LORD.”

 

Notice the first four words of Psalm 148, “Praise ye the LORD.” Notice the last four words of Psalm 148, “Praise ye the LORD.”

 

Notice the first four words of Psalm 149, “Praise ye the LORD.” Notice the last four words of Psalm 149, “Praise ye the LORD.”

 

Notice the first four words of Psalm 150, “Praise ye the LORD.” Notice the last four words of Psalm 150, “Praise ye the LORD.”

 

To me it is very interesting that all of these Psalms begin and end with the phrase, “Praise ye the LORD.” Fanny Crosby must have been reading the praise Psalms when she wrote,

 

Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus our blessed Redeemer!

Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!

Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory;

Strength and honor give to His holy name!

Like a shepherd Jesus will guard His children,

In His arms He carries them all day long.

Praise Him! praise Him! tell of His excellent greatness;

Praise Him! praise Him! ever in joyful song!

 

Now in this message focus your attention on Psalm 145. You will notice that there are no prayer requests and no confessions of sin in Psalm 145. It is a Psalm of PURE PRAISE!

 

Just listen to the psalmist as he speaks to the Lord, in verses 1-2, “I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. (2) Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.” He is not satisfied to wait until he gets to heaven where he will praise God forever. He starts by expressing his praise to God EVERY DAY! My friends, praise is one earthly occupation you and I will continue in heaven, so we all ought to begin practicing now.

 

Some Christians praise the Lord and some do not. You may ask what is the difference between those who do and those who don’t? I think:

 

The believers who praise the Lord have THEIR EYES OF FAITH FIXED UPON HIM.

The believers who are silent have THEIR EYES FIXED ONLY ON THEMSELVES.

 

When God is the center of your life, you can praise Him every day, because you will always find blessings no matter how difficult your circumstances.

 

To a PRAISING saint, the circumstances of life are a window through which he sees God.

To a COMPLAINING saint, these same circumstances are only a mirror in which he sees himself. That is why he complains.

 

What is there about God that motivated the psalmist to praise Him here in Psalm 145? I believe He found himself caught up in four different aspects of God's person and work.

 

FIRST: There is the GREATNESS of GOD in verses 3-6. If God is God at all, He has to be great. People like to use the word "GREAT." Notice here in Psalm 145 four things the psalmist tells us about God's greatness.

 

1. God is great in His person, verse 3. “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.” The more you learn about God and the deeper your relationship grows with Him, the greater He becomes, because His greatness is "UNSEARCHABLE." The Apostle Paul knew that as he wrote in Romans 11:33, "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His way past finding out!"

 

2. God is great in His works, verse 4, “One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.” Modern man has substituted science for God, but as a believer we see the wisdom and power of God displayed in creation and history. How wonderful it is when one generation tells the next generation of the greatness of God's works.

 

3. God is great in His majesty, verse 5, “I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.” The word glorious speaks of the glory of God which is the sum total of all that God is and does. Stop for a moment and ask yourself,

 

When was the last time I took the time to meditate on the glory of God taking time just to think through the names of God and praise Him?

When was the last time I took the time to thank Jesus for His names and character, and praise Him?

When was the last time I gave praise to the person and work of the Holy Spirit?

 

4. God is great in His judgment, verse 6, “And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.” The "terrible” or “awe-inspiring acts" refer to His mighty acts of judgment. Could it be that many of us have forgotten the greatness of God's holy judgment? Because too often our worship is shallow and sentimental, and our confession of sin is just superficial. We confess it, but we don't mean it. We speak of the holiness of God, but live as if it isn't real.

 

SECOND: There is the GOODNESS of GOD in verses 7-10. We move from the greatness of God to the goodness of God. Whatever God THINKS, SAYS, DOES, PLANS, and ACCOMPLISHES is good; "because God is Good." Despite the evil in the world, "the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord."

 

1. God's goodness is abundant, verse 7, “They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.” The picture portrayed here is that of God's people celebrating the generosity of God. God does not ration out His goodness like some celestial miser. In spite of man's failure as a steward of God's creation, He shares His goodness, material and spiritual, in a generous way over all His creation, giving us "richly all things to enjoy."

 

2. His goodness is compassionate, verse 8, “The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” God is not good to us because we deserve it. Pride is the enemy of praise. When we get the idea that God OUGHT to bless us; that we DESERVE His blessing, then we can only praise ourselves. That my friend is PRIDE from which God will not bless us.

 

Again let’s read those words very slowly, “The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” Amen and Amen!

 

3. His goodness is universal, verse 9-10, “The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. (10) All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.”

 

Did you notice in verse 9 the words, "The Lord is good to ALL…" The word "all" is used 13 times in this Psalm, evidence that God's blessings are universal. Whether we look through a microscope or a telescope, we see the good hand of God at work.

 

The goodness of God enables us to face life without fear. Because He is good, all things are working together for good for those who love and obey Him.

 

Why should we then FRET and WORRY when God's goodness goes before us and follows us?

 

THIRD: There is the GOVERNMENT of GOD in verses 11-13. The emphasis here is on God's Kingdom. Many people have the wrong idea that God is not reigning today, that Satan is in charge of things and God will not rule until Jesus returns. I have heard sincere teachers say, "In the PAST, Jesus was the PROPHET, Today in heaven, He is the PRIEST. When He returns, He will be the KING." That sounds reasonable, but it is not true to Bible doctrine.

 

According to Ephesians 1:19-23; Jesus is on all the thrones over all the principalities and powers even in this age.

According to I Corinthians 15:25; Jesus must reign till He hath put all enemies under His feet.

 

Oh to be sure there will be a future kingdom, but we need to keep in mind that Jesus is enthroned today.

 

In verses 11-12, God's kingdom is glorious and  powerful, “They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; (12) To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.”

 

In verse 13, God's kingdom is eternal, “Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.”

 

One day, Jesus will "set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed." Only then will the full revelation of His glory and power be exhibited as Revelation 11:15 says, "The kingdoms of the world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever."

 

It is worth noting this Psalm begins with the KINGDOM idea in verse 1, where it introduces God as the King. As New Testament Christians, we are prone to forget the kingship of our God, since we emphasize the fatherhood of God and the fact that Jesus is the Saviour. But GOD IS KING, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS KING!

 

We might live in a representative democracy in the United States. But as Christians we live and operate under a Theocracy. When our King, who is God, gives a command, we are to obey. Thank God, He rules in grace. But His commands are not up for discussion. They are not up for debate. They are there to obey.

 

FOURTH: There is the GRACE of GOD in verses 14-20. The psalmist began by extolling the greatness of God, and then included the goodness of God. He then moved to God's sovereign government and now to His sovereign grace. He is a great God on the throne, yet He is a God who is near us,

           

Who is concerned about our concerns,

Who is concerned for our care,

Who is concerned for our problems, and

Who is concerned for our trials in life.

 

The prophet in Isaiah 57:15 taught this same wonderful balance, "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy, "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite one."

 

Our GOD is so GREAT, that HE is HIGH ABOVE US, and yet RIGHT with US at the SAME TIME!

 

That is what we discover about Jesus in Hebrews 4:14-15, "Seeing, then, that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus…who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities…, let us…come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

 

1. God is GRACIOUS to those who fall, verse 14, “The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.” Oh, how thankful you and I ought to be that God reaches down and lifts up those who have fallen in sin and despair.

 

Abraham fell when he doubted God and fled to Egypt for safety, yet God graciously restored him.

David fell tragically in adultery and murder, yet God forgave him and raise him up.

Peter denied the Lord three times, yet Jesus restored him and used him to win many lost souls.

 

He is so gracious unto us, Psalms 55:22 tells us, "Cast thy burdens upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee."

 

2. God is GRACIOUS to those who hunger, verses 15-17, “The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. (16) Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. (17) The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.” Everything in creation looks expectantly to God for their needs to be met. All of nature depends on Him, verse 16, "Thou openest thine hand, and satisfies the desire of every living thing." How easy it is for God to meet our needs! All he has to do is open His hand!

 

Think about this, "If God waited until His people were worthy of His blessings, He would never be able to bless us." Grace means that God gives us what we do not deserve, on the basis of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. What He gives us and what He withholds both reveal His grace.

 

We can never complain about the way God deals with us! We do complain but we shouldn't.

 

God is far better to us then we deserve.

3. God is GRACIOUS to those who pray, verse 18-19, “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. (19) He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.” In these verses David emphasized two aspects of prayer:

               

First: We must begin by being honest with God in praying. "Call upon Him in truth."

Second: The fear of God. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him.

 

4. God is GRACIOUS to those who love Him, verse 20-21, “The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. (21) My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.”

 

Our love does not earn God's grace, because grace cannot be earned. Rather, our love strengthens our personal relationship with God. In II Corinthians 5:14; we read, "The Love of Christ Constrains me…" or "The love of Christ overwhelms me…" With that Love who wouldn't want to love God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind?

 

David opened this psalm with PERSONAL PRAISE in verse 1, "I will extol or exalt Thee", but he closed it by asking "all flesh" to bless God's holy name!

 

What a thrilling privilege we have to praise the Lord! Amen!

What a thrilling privilege to bless his holy name forever and  forever.

 

The word “bless” means "to kneel." The idea is to show honor and homage to God. Psalm 103:1 says, "Bless the Lord (literally kneel before the Lord), O my soul, and all that's within me, bless His holy name."

 

My friends, one day according to Philippians 2:10-11, "…at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW… and EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the Glory of God the Father."

 

Fanny Crosby’s great hymn, "To God be the Glory, Great Things He Hath Done," closes in the refrain,

 

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice!

Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Let the people rejoice.

O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,

And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

 

God hath done great things, has He not? Shouldn’t we be SHOUTING believers?

Haven't you realized that at certain times God does things about which we cannot keep quiet? He takes care of little details of life as well as the great big problems, and we suddenly sense that He has come to our assistance.

 

DON'T KEEP QUIET ABOUT IT. SHOUT TO HIM. PRAISE THE LORD!

 

When a hymn of praise sung by the congregation or a special number blesses your heart, there is nothing wrong with saying as we lift up our praise unto God, HALLELUJAH, Praise the Lord!

 

When something in a message blesses your heart or strikes a chord in agreement there is nothing wrong with saying as we lift up our praise unto God, HALLELUJAH, Praise the Lord!

 

When someone's testimony blesses you, there is nothing wrong with saying as we lift up our praise unto God, HALLELUJAH, Praise the Lord!

 

When God answers a prayer and by it your soul is blessed, there is nothing wrong with saying as we lift up our praise unto God, HALLELUJAH, Praise the Lord!

 

In Psalms 119:164; we read, "Seven times a day do I praise Thee." Seven times a day the Psalmist stopped and “Praised the Lord.” We ought to be at it all the time, singing what we call the DOXOLOGY. Doxology means the "study of Glory."

 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

The song writer proclaimed in this beloved Hymn:

 

O’ for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer's praise,

The glories of my God and King,

The triumph of His grace.

Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,

Your loosened tongues employ;

Ye blind, behold your Saviour come;

And leap, ye lame, for joy.

 

Isn't it time we just turn it loose and "Let's Just Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6 closes with these words, "Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!"

 

Now turn with me in your Hymn Books and let's sing Fanny Crosby's hymn of praise, "Be thou Exalted."

 

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If God has spoken to your heart after reading the sermon "Let’s Just Praise the Lord," right now talk to God about what He has spoken to you.

Do you have the assurance that one day you will go to heaven? If you have no assurance that you know Jesus Christ, then I trust you will decide to accept Him as your personal Savior. The Bible tells us in

 

Acts 16:31, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”

Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 

This prayer is here for those who need to ask Jesus to be their personal Savior: “I do want to go to Heaven. I know I am a sinner, and I do believe Jesus Christ died for me. I realize I cannot buy this great salvation, nor can I earn it. Knowing Jesus died on the cross and arose from the grave to pay my sin debt and to purchase my salvation, I do now trust Him as my Savior, and from this moment on I am completely depending on Him for my salvation.”

If you made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, please let me know. Please send an e-mail to pastormiklas@aol.com and I will send you some literature that will help you in your Christian life.

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