Get Into The Godly Habit Of Praising And Worshiping God

Many of us have been raised with a tendency to worry, or complain, or other negative dispositions. Much of society does not help the matter. And, too often when some leave the world and make a commitment to Christ they carry such temperaments with them. Such mindsets need to be removed and replaced with blessing and power from God.
Get Into The Godly Habit Of Praising And Worshiping God
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If they do not immediately know it, those that truly surrender to Jesus Christ will eventually realize that praising and worshiping God is a main facet of the true Christian life. Real Christians truly enjoy it. However, there are some who do not realize praise and worship should be continual, a godly habit throughout every day. By the Holy Spirit David sets the example in Psalm 34:1, "I will bless YHVH at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."

Worship, at times can be synonymous with praise, but worship can be far more broad, extending into service, obedience

and so on. So the term "praise" will more often be used in this message. We will be looking at many Holy Scriptures crystallized into four facets. Worship and praise unto God . . .

I. Is Commanded

(Psalm 150:6 and 29:2)

Common sense alone would tell us that praise and worship is due our Creator, the Supreme Being. Nevertheless, there are numerous verses wherein we see that praise or worship are commanded. Here are just two: 
Ps 150:6 -- Let every thing that has breath praise YHVH. Praise YHVH.
Ps 29:2  -- Ascribe to YHVH the glory due to His name; Worship YHVH in holy array.

II. Brings You Into God’s Majestic Presence

Psalm 22:3 - Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

The KJV has "... inhabits the praises ...," but the above is more accurate. It even brings out part of the power of praise. God is indeed King of the universe and everything else He created and creates. A number of passages point out that praise and worship brings us before His throne. This is an essential element in spiritual warfare.

Psalm 145:3 declares, "Great is YHVH, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable." Praise and worship causes us to focus upon who He is, and He is definitely bigger than any problem we might face. In approaching His throne we may praise Him because He is all knowing, all powerful according to His holiness, everywhere present, timeless, and He does not change.

The attributes just mentioned only belong to God. But then there are His moral attributes which include, but are not limited to, merciful, truth, longsuffering, forgiving, avenging, and holy. As we look at the Holy Scriptures, holy is the main one. Unlike the attributes listed in the previous paragraph we may, and are expected to, share in His moral attributes (2 Peter 1:4).

When we worship and praise God we focus our attention upon the Supreme Being of the universe, One Who is ultimately more powerful than us or any problem we face. We cast off self and rest in His ability and wisdom. It is not that we shirk responsibility, but we must realize our first and foremost responsibility is to trust God. Holy Scripture has many examples where the people of God learned to focus upon God and not the problem they faced or upon their own ability.

This brings to mind another area in regard to focusing upon God which is praising and worshiping Him for what He has done. Throughout the Holy Bible we read of the mighty things He had done. A very thrilling area of this is fulfilled prophecy, especially when it comes to Israel. What God has already done is to prepare the conditions for Armageddon. While that does not sound too joyful keep in mind that Christ's rule for a thousand years on earth is to follow. If all of this sounds too far fetched keep in mind that the conditions for the fulfillment of Joel 3 were established in the 1940s.

For those that are truly redeemed by Christ it is also great to worship and praise God for what He has done in our lives. The greatest thing would be salvation. Other elements include but are not limited to that God has healed, delivered, has been and is a shield, shepherd, friend, guide, and comforter.

A third area in regard to focusing upon God is to worship and praise Him for what He will do. We have already touched upon this in regard to Israel and it is important to point out that the many harsh judgments to come upon the earth are designed to bring the remnant (elect) of Israel to Christ and then a blessing throughout the earth. But there are other things that His Word said He will do, particularly regarding salvation for those who will come to Him.

Anyone who truly surrenders to Him and permits Him to be King of their life is radically transformed. They stop practicing sinful deeds and grow in Him. One who has been in Christ for a time will realize that according to His Word He will continue to transform them, conforming them more and more to His image which is rich with the holiness and goodness of the Father.

But something specifically happens when we praise and worship Him. Think for a moment that when we are weighed down with feelings like sadness, anger, or worry we do not look pleasant nor do we feel pleasant inside. However, consider Psalm 33:1, "Sing for joy in YHVH, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright." Strong [1] shows that the Hebrew word translated as "becoming" in this verse by the New American Standard Bible means comely, beautiful, seemly. Negative feelings will make us ugly but as we cast them upon the Lord through worship and praise we are made beautiful.

III. Better Than Ungodly Heaviness

(Isaiah 61:3)

It is good for us to further consider that previous paragraph. All of us know that negative thoughts and feelings weigh us down. Before I surrendered to Christ I had a tremendous load of negativity upon me, so much so that I attempted suicide twice in one night about a month before coming to Christ. Many others have experienced rejection, fear, mental torment and other negative pressures. However, when we came to Christ the heaviness lifted.

Yet most of us, if not all of us, while walking in Christ have been weighed down with negative feelings but by faith [2] we must praise and worship Him anyhow. Christ within makes us capable of doing so. Here is Isaiah 61:1-3 in the modified King James Version, and note especially the portion of verse 3 in bold:

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because YHVH has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of YHVH, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of YHVH, that he might be glorified.”

While verse 3 deals with a future time to come for the remnant of Israel, the principle of replacing the spirit of heaviness with a garment of praise is applicable to all who turn to Him now. Heaviness in this verse could also mean “fainting.” When we feel spiritually weak focusing upon God with praise and worship brings us into His glorious presence wherein we receive strength from Him.

Whether it is heaviness, weakness, or any other negative weight, it can cause a person to feel like they are in a prison. Many are entrapped in a emotional prison because they have listened to negativity regarding their ethnicity, sex, handicap, disability or they might feel like a klutz, or worthless and so on. If we permit Him, Christ within us replaces those prison garments with a garment of praise. The psalmist cries out in Psalm 142:7, “Bring


my soul out of prison, So that I may give thanks to Your name; The righteous will surround me, For You will deal bountifully with me.”

IV. Empowers

(Habakkuk 3:17-19)

The prophet Habakkuk certainly experienced heaviness. In Habakkuk 1 he first complains to God about sin in the land. When God told him it would be dealt with by sending the Chaldeans (lightweights compared to today's Islamic extremists) to attack the people Habakkuk complained to God about Him using the ungodly as a tool of punishment, among other things.

Knowing he had said too much in such a manner to God it is recorded in chapter 2 that Habakkuk waited upon God to hear from Him. He did, and to be brief it could be said that God said He was in charge and all things would be corrected according to His pleasure. This timeout with God instilled a resolve in the prophet to trust God no matter what, and to trust Him to where the prophet would praise Him instead of complain. Here are verses 17 to 19 of chapter 3:

"Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, 18 Yet I will exult in YHVH, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. 19 YHVH GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. For the choir director, on my stringed instruments."

Note he decides to disregard the negatives mentioned in verse 17 and to, instead, exalt God and to rejoice in Him. He is empowered as he praises God where he feels strengthened within. He declares not his own strength, but that the Lord God is his strength. He felt like leaping like a deer and his spirit was above the elements of the world.

Job was another man who was encumbered with heaviness. If you are not familiar with this man please read the first few chapters of Job. On top of all the calamities that occurred to him, his wife encouraged him to curse God and die. Soon afterwards, three of his friends came by to console him. While a number of things they said were true, many other things were not and in the course of speaking with Job began to accuse him of faults.

The story continues until neither they nor Job could say anything more. But Elihu, a younger man, had at some point joined the group. Led by the Spirit of God he admonished them. At one point he said (Job 35:10-11), "But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night, Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?'" Job had sought God on a number of points ranging from an explanation of the calamities to vindication against the accusations of his friends, but never asked for help to praise His Creator before any relief came.

Many of us have done the same. It took me years to come to the place where I quit asking why I had certain problems to where I would by His faith respond with praise and worship, along with asking God what I need to learn. In more recent years there have been times I realized I do not need to ask that, since I was receiving a "refresher course" from Him. But in all cases by His grace I endeavor to maintain worship and praise of Him.

We are to develop the godly habit of continuously praising and worshiping God, but most definitely there will be times when it is extremely difficult to do so. This is when, by faith, we obey His Word and praise Him regardless. We can do it if we are truly redeemed because Christ dwells within. It is very difficult to do at first and means saying "no" to self and "yes" to Him. It is  recorded in Hebrews 13:15, "By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name."

Get into the habit of praising and worshiping Him. A few weeks back I wrote about getting into the godly habit of giving thanks [3]. This is one way to get started with continuous praise and worship. We can find many things to thank Him for. One thing I tell new converts to do is to think about how good it feels when they finally lie down for the night. Thank Him for your bed, a time to rest, His blessings throughout the day, and more.

However, do not wait to feel good [2] to worship and praise God. Make a conscious effort to stop and praise Him from time to time. The more this is purposely done the more easy it will become to praise Him in dark moments. For His honor and glory follow Psalm 35:28, "And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long." In so doing you will find strength. Problems do not always go away when we praise and worship, but one thing for sure is we will be strengthened by Him as we obey with praise and worship.

Notes:

[1] From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

[2] Please read Not Feelings But Faith at http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/not-feelings-faith

[3] Please read Get Inot The Godly Habit Of Thanking God  http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/get-godly-habit-thanking-god

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by August 29, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M411 .

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  10-02-2017
    May we bless the name of the Lord for he is a God of mercy and the one who saves. In him we shall not fear for he will rescue us from our foes and protect us.
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