I have a lot of reasons to praise the Lord. I can start with my salvation. I accepted Christ as my personal Saviour on June 21, 1984. I can keep going with the fact that I have been married to the same wonderful woman for over 30 years. Together, we have been blessed with five children, all of whom have a heart for God. Add to that grandchildren who are being raised in homes where God plays a role. Let’s keep going. For some crazy reason that I don’t understand, God loves me, despite me and the number of times I have let Him down. Truly, I am a recipient of the great grace of God. Now add to that the fact that the Lord has counted me, a reprobate sinner, faithful enough to put me into the ministry. 1 Timothy 1:12 explains my feelings. “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” I don’t get why, but I can do one thing despite my lack of understanding. I can praise the Lord.
The truth is, I could go on forever with reasons to praise the Lord, yet I need only one reason to offer Him praise. I am commanded to do so. Psalm 150:1 begins with this phrase. “Praise ye the Lord.” We learn not only are we commanded to praise Him, but that we are to praise Him in church and out of church. We are to praise Him for his might works. We are to praise Him for His excellent greatness. We are to praise Him with music. If we can breathe we are to praise God Look at this amazing text!
Psalm 150:1-6 “Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
Here is the thing. As Baptists, too many of us have fallen into a fear of proper praise because of the way that contemporary Christian music has corrupted the phrase “praise and worship.” We therefore offer subdued thanks unto God for….whatever. We need to reclaim Biblical praise for what it is and not be intimidated by those who sing 7-11 songs that repeat the same seven words eleven times and call it “praise” or those who throw the name Jesus into a “shake your booty” rock song and call it “worship” or those who have substituted showmanship for holiness.
We should shout it from the mountain tops! Jesus saves! Praise Him with our words! Praise Him with our songs! Praise Him with our music! Praise Him with our actions! Don’t be afraid of praise! We are commanded to praise! If I have a lot of reasons to praise the Lord, then so do you.