This Sunday, February 19th, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message to continue our series Over the Top here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

Over the Top Praise:

“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.” (1 Chronicles 16:23, NKJV)

Why is it important that your praise should be audible?

  • Your mind responds to your voice, so when you sing your praises to God, you are renewing your mind.
  • Your inward praise must have an outward expression.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16, NKJV)

Twice Paul commands us to sing our praises to God and to one another, but yet we seldom speak of that. Paul gives us three types of songs to sing to God and one another:

  1. Psalms: a collection of songs in scripture inspired by the Holy Spirit and meant for us to sing as praise to God.
  2. Hymns: human composed songs conveying truth and wisdom from scripture.
  3. Spiritual Songs (or new songs): spontaneous songs that well up from our spirit in praise to God.

“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless the LORD.” (Psalm 134:2, NKJV)

Why do we lift our hands?

  1. We lift our hands in celebration.
  2. It is the universal sign for surrender.
  3. We lift our hands in expression.
  4. We lift our hands as an offering.
  5. It is symbolic of the cherubim in scripture (crying holy, holy, holy).
  6. We lift our hands as if we are reaching out to our Father, like when children reach up to someone to hold them.
  7. It is a sign that you are ready to receive. 

Why do we clap?

“Clap your hands all you people shout unto God.” (Psalm 47:1)

There is something powerful and spiritual that happens when you clap. Even though this method is mentioned only once in the Bible, that doesn’t mean that it is insignificant or unimportant. However if we can clap in praisewhich is only mentioned once, how much more can we do what is mentioned several times?

Why do we play musical instruments?

“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!” (Psalm 150:3–5, NKJV)

Instruments are not just an accompaniment of worship, but rather, worship in and of itself. However, we should not be dependent on them. This is why, if we are mature when it comes to our praise, the style of worship should not matter. We shouldn’t even need instruments to praise Him, but we should use them to praise Him, and to enhance our corporate worship.

Why do we kneel, bow, and prostrate?

“Come worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our God our Maker.” (Psalm 95:6)

Why do we dance?

“Let them praise his name with dancing!” (Psalm 149:3)

Dance is mentioned on so many occasions in scripture. The first appearance of God’s people dancing as an act of worship is found in the book of Exodus.

“Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.” (Exodus 15:20)

This joyful dance to the Lord, led by Miriam, followed Israel’s crossing of the Red Sea and celebrated Israel’s newfound freedom from slavery. However, dancing is not always presented in a positive light in the Bible. Soon after Miriam’s dance of praise, the Israelites were found dancing before a golden calf in worship.

“When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain.” (Exodus 32:19)

On this occasion dancing was part of a wicked, idolatrous carousal. Thus, dancing is a mode of expression that can be used for good or for evil.

Why do we shout?

 “Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!” (Psalm 66:1)

Why do we give?

“Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.” (Psalm 96:8–9, NKJV)

The word for glory here is weighty substance, and their money all weighed something. God says twice to worship, with your weight or offering, in the beauty of His holiness, so the more you understand the beauty of His holiness, the more you will want to give. Your giving is an act of praise and worship. What you give to God in an offering is an indicator of the value, or worth, that you place on Him.

Why do we stand?

“Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; Praise Him, O you servants of the LORD! You who STAND in the house of the LORD, In the courts of the house of our God.” (Psalm 135:1–2, NKJV)

Standing denotes respect and indicates alertness.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13, NKJV)

You could say it this way, “Put on the whole armor of God so that you can stand up in the evil day, and when you’ve done all you can do to stand, keep standing!”

Sometimes, the most appropriate praise you can give, is to simply stand in faith. 

Are you ready to go Over the Top in your praise?

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