This Sunday, February 12th, 2017, Pastor Duane White interviewed Robert & Lia Young about their incredible testimony of healing and provision, and then he shared a message continuing our series on Over The Top Praise here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
Over the Top Praise:
“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.”(Psalm 113:3, NIV)
Where should you praise God? Everywhere!
From God’s perspective, the sun is always rising, and it never has a place where is sets, so therefore everywhere is a great place to praise Him. You can never travel to a place where you are the east or the west, so wherever you find yourself, that is a good place to praise Him.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’” (Psalm 91:1–2, NKJV)
Praise God privately. If you don’t have a private praise life, then you are robbing yourself of personal victory.
Corporately praise the Lord. Our corporate worship should be an overflow of our private worship, and it should be contagious for others who come in. Praising God together releases unity.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing—Life forevermore,” (Psalms 133:1-3).
Your praise isn’t just for the church, it’s for the world. When they see and hear your song, many will trust in the Lord. Don’t be afraid to let the world hear your story, your praise, your life song.
When should you praise God? When we feel like it.
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. (James 5:13, NIV)
If you get that new job, praise God for it! If you get a miracle, praise God for it! If something great happens, praise God for it! But, you should also praise God when you don’t feel like it.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.” (Psalm 42:5, NKJV)
Some people accuse people who are bold and expressive about their praise of being caught up in emotionalism. Praising God when everything is going right is anything but emotionalism. Praise is a discipline that requires our initiative regardless of our emotions or feelings. To not praise merely because you don’t feel like it is the epitome of emotionalism. Praise requires emotions, in fact it can change your emotions, but it is the opposite of emotionalism.
We should also praise God now!
“I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth,”(Psalm 34:1, NKJV).
Just like your body can’t store up vitamins, your spirit can’t store up praise. You can’t live off last week’s praise. Now is the time! If you are a morning person the Bible talks about praising Him in the morning. If you are a night person, the Bible talks about praising Him in the midnight hour. The point is, the time to praise God is now!
If everything is great, praise Him.
If it’s not, praise Him.
If you feel like it, praise Him.
If you don’t feel like it, praise Him.
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls; Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation,” (Habakkuk 3:17&18 NKJV).
We don’t know what you’ve been facing, but a true praiser always says:
“Yet I Will Praise Him!”
Watch the full interview and message here:
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