SERIES: Praying the Psalms

TEXT: Psalms 100

MESSAGE: “The Basis of Praise”

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TEXT: Psalms 100:1-5

Question for today:  How can I develop a basis for praise in my prayer life and connection with God each day?

 

Psalm 100:1-5

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

  1. We Are People Who Need Praise

 

“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment.  It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed… It is frustrating to have discovered a new author and not to be able to tell anyone how good he is; or to come suddenly, at the turn of the road, upon some mountain valley of unexpected grandeur and then to have to keep silent because the people with you, care for it no more than for a tin can in the ditch; or to hear a good joke and find no one to share it with” – C.S. Lewis

  1. Praising God Completes Our Enjoyment of Him

 

“The miserable idea that God should in any sense need, or crave for, our worship like a vain woman wanting compliments, or a vain author presenting his new books to people who never met or heard of him… 

… Just like I don’t want my dog to bark approval of my books.” –  C.S. Lewis

Psalms 100:1-2

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Psalms 100:3

Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Psalms 100:4

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

  1. Praising God refocuses us on our hope.

 

Psalms 100:4-5

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 9:11

Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.

TAKEAWAYS: What can we apply to our lives?

  • We need to be people of praise – praise each other.
  • Praise God Because You Need It.
  • Praise God in your Prayers.