PRAISE IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD

Ps 150:1-6

1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. (KJV)

ACCORDING TO STRONG'S EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE, THE DEFINITION OF "PRAISE" IS THIS:

1984 halal (haw-lal'); a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify:

The first definition we see is "to be clear". To praise the Lord is to be clear.

Christians must ask themselves, "Is it clear to others that I am a Christian? Where ever I go, do people know that I have Jesus Christ in my life?"

One of the greatest things we can do to give praise and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ, is to make sure that no matter what, it is clear to others without a doubt that we are Christians. This includes in the marketplace, on the job, at school, no matter where we go, that people would be clear in their minds that there is no doubt that we are Christians.
There are many people who are real good at singing praises to the Lord in the worship services of their churches, but out in the everyday world, it isn't "clear" that they are Christians.
We need to be lifting Jesus up in every aspect of our lives. We will encounter those who will ridicule us for our stand, or they will even possibly persecute us or alienate us from their company…but the truest form of praise is not that which comes out of your lips in the midst of the congregation, but that which comes out of your life, out of your actions and your deeds.

Consider this…in Northern Minnesota, the population is largely Scandinavian. Norwegians, Swedes, and Finnish people abound there. Names like Swensen, Olson, Olsen, Larson, Lundstrom, Nordstrom, Boquist, Knutsen, Knudsen, etc. etc. are commonplace. Generally speaking, blond hair and blue eyes are physical characteristics of these nationalities. If you live up there long enough, you can usually discern between those who are of Scandinavian descent and who are not. In a lot of cases, it is clear when you are talking to a Norwegian or a Finlander. Also in Northern Minnesota, there are Chippewah indians. Chances are very slim that you would ever mistake a full blooded Chippewah indian for a full blooded Norwegian. It is very clear that a Chippewah Indian is not a Norwegian. Here we are speaking of ethnic groups…But the Bible clearly tells us that when we are in Christ, we (whether we are Norwegian, or Finnish, or Swedish, Chippewah, African, Mexican, Chinese, or whatever) become a new ethnic group…a "holy nation" (Greek="ethnos", from whence we get the word "ethnic"):

1 Pet 2:9 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

You who profess to be a Christian, is it clear to others that you are? If people meet you, are they immediately aware that you are a Christian? Is it clear by your conversation, your behavior, your convictions?

The first and primary way to praise God is through the example of your life…that it is very clear to others who you are in Christ.

Let's look at some more of the definition of "PRAISE" according to Strong's:

1984 halal (haw-lal'); a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine;

This next definition, "TO SHINE", tells me that our LORD Jesus Christ had this in mind when He spoke the words:

Matt 5:14-16
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (KJV)

When we live our life to the Lord, in purity and in an uncompromising manner before Him and man, we are in essence giving praise to the Lord for the work He has done in our heart.

1984 halal (haw-lal'); a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast;

I LOVE TO BOAST OF THE LORD. SOMETIMES (O.K., OFTENTIMES) I GET DOWN RIGHT LOUD ABOUT MY BOASTING IN THE LORD! IF OUR LIGHTS ARE SHINING FOR JESUS THROUGH OUR LIFESTYLES, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO NOTICE, AND THEY WILL KNOW WHO WE STAND FOR.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WEAR SHIRTS ADVERTISING BEER, OR SPORTS TEAMS, OR MUSICIANS, OR STATES OR TOWNS, OR POLITICAL PREFERENCES OR IDEOLOGIES? HOW MANY PEOPLE GET LOUD AND WILD OVER THOSE SAME ISSUES THAT THEIR SHIRTS ADVERTISE? CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE LOUD ABOUT JESUS. T-SHIRTS, BUMPERSTICKERS, CONVERSATIONS, MUSIC, DECISIONS…ALL SHOULD REFLECT CHRIST IN OUR LIVES. THESE THINGS HELP US TO SHINE JESUS TO A LOST AND DYING WORLD. THEY ARE WAYS TO BRING PRAISE TO OUR LORD.

Paul says that if he boasts, he will boast in the Lord.
1 Cor 1: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, (translated elsewhere as "boast" in the Greek) let him glory in the Lord. (KJV)

Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, (boast) save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (KJV)

Phil 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice (boast) in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. (KJV)

WE NEED TO LEARN TO BOAST NOT IN OURSELVES, OR OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, BUT IN THE LORD.

Rom 5:1-3
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.(rejoice is the same word translated as "boast" in the Greek, just as "glory" in the next verse also is the same word used here.)
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; (KJV)

Paul said in essence, that he boasts in the hope (confidence) of the glory of God, and that he also boasts in tribulations, knowing, or being fully assured that the tribulations that come will have it's perfect work because of the God who promises that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. We can know that if we boast in our tribulations, we are glorifying and giving praise to God.

Ps 9:1-2
1 I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

Our testimonies of what the Lord has done in our lives are a form of praise to the Lord. As we give our testimonies, we are boasting in what the Lord has done in our lives.

1984 halal (haw-lal'); a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish;

Paul said that the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing:

1 Cor 1:18-29
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
(KJV)

SO OFTEN WE CHRISTIANS WORRY THAT OUR PECULIAR WAYS AS CHRISTIANS WOULD BE MISUNDERSTOOD OR MISINTERPRETED IN A BAD LIGHT, SO WE TRY NOT TO BE PERCIEVED AS "FANATICS" OR FOOLS TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. YET PAUL SAYS:
1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (KJV)

We can't live down to the world's expectations…rather, we should be living up to God's expectations…living our life so full of praise to the Lord that we would be perceived as being foolish to the world. The world perceives it as foolishness to trust in a God they cannot see.
1 Cor 3:18-20
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
(KJV)

What a glorious thing to be called foolish for trusting in God! I will praise Him with my whole heart!

1984 halal (haw-lal'); a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave;

ACCORDING TO WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY (1828), "RAVE" MEANS THIS: 1.To wander in mind or intellect, to be delerious, to talk irrationally, to be wild.
2. To utter furious exclamations, to be furious of raging, as a madman
3. To dote, to be unreasonably fond

(1)
The praising Christian will be perceived by the world to have lost their reason…to the world, the things of God are truly irrational. Again, let us look at 1 Cor. 2:14:
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (KJV)

(2)The praising Christian may even seem to have gone crazy by the world: See how Paul was looked upon by Festus:
Acts 26:24-25
24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. (KJV)

(3)The praising Christian can not help but have his or her affections completely given to the Lord.

Today there are all night parties called "Raves", in which the participants go all out, giving their all to their pursuit of pleasure...Christians should be just as devoted to giving their all in living for Jesus!

1984 halal (haw-lal'); a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate;

The Christian who is in praise is a person given to celebration in the things of the Lord. There are always occasions to rejoice, whether in adversity or in good times.

The praising christian will celebrate in the things of God.

1984 halal (haw-lal'); a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify:

Stultify: 1. To make foolish; to make one a fool.
2. In law, to alledge or to prove to be insane

Here we are in danger of getting redundant .

There are so many wonderful ways to praise our Lord. It is not just a matter of praising Him with the music, although that is truly an intricate part of the celebration of our Lord…but it is a matter of praising Him with all of our lives in the things we do and say. Truly, God inhabits the praises of His people. We are the temple of God, if we have been born again. If we truly are the temple of God, then should not our lives be reflections of praise to Him in all we do and say?

There is an alternative.

Proverbs 28:4 says:

4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. (KJV)

I don't want to praise the wicked…I want to make my praises to God.

Lord, help us to Live a Life of Praise to You.

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