Pinnacles Of Praise

There is much more to praising God than just simply singing hymns and choruses. When we look at many of the verses concerning praising God we will see that through praise He desires to bless in a multitude of ways not just while here on earth, but for all eternity.
Pinnacles Of Praise
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It is hard to describe all the blessings a true disciple of Christ experiences when by the Holy Spirit they praise God. And there are numerous verses and passages about praising God. For this message we will look at just five general points from the book of Psalms, and I would like to view those points as pinnacles of praise.

I. Foundationally Sound Psalm 7:17

I will praise YHVH according to His righteousness, And I will sing praise unto the name of YHVH Most High.

Once we truly come to know God through Jesus Christ we realize we do not deserve to stand

before His presence, we do not deserve salvation, nor do we deserve any favor or blessing from Him. We do not praise Him for who we are but we are to praise Him based upon His righteousness.

Additionally, to praise Him “according to His righteousness” means to worship Him as His written Word indicates and as His Holy Spirit so directs. Our praise of Him must not be tainted by the ways of the world nor by those who would consider themselves experts on praise.

And the praise must all go to Him, not because He is an egotist, but our sin nature inclines us to self-destruct when we do not offer God the praise. We are sinners by nature and have a tendency to misuse praise.

Also note that we are to sing praise to Him, not worldly songs. We are on sure ground by praising Him according to His righteousness and singing praises to Him that will spiritually lift us above the world system as well as self.

II. Fervency Of Heart  Psalm 9:1

I will praise You, O YHVH, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

The meaning of the Hebrew {1} word for “my whole heart” can be summarized as “my inner man.” That would include our spirit and soul. It would also include our mind. This verse encourages us to summon our entire inner man to worship God.

This can be difficult at times when we are badgered by various problems. I can remember that in the earlier years of my Christian life it was difficult to praise God when I had problems on my mind. I had to learn to push the problems out and focus upon God Who reigns. When we make an effort to do that and praise God regardless of how we feel then that is one way that we offer unto Him the sacrifice of praise. It is written in Hebrews 13:5, “By him therefore let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

There can be an endless list when it comes to "telling all of His marvelous works.” If we have entered into the redemption He has provided for us then salvation should be at the top of our list. Other things include but are not limited to protection physically, protection spiritually, spiritual growth, healings, and more.

III. Fulness Of Life  Psalm 147:1

Praise YHVH! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is comely.

“Good," “pleasant," and “comely (beautiful)" are simple terms in English. However, there is more to those terms in the corresponding Hebrew words in this verse.

For the term “good" used in this verse Strong summarizes the Hebrew word’s definitions which would include the meanings of being agreeable to the senses and delightful to the higher nature of a person. Wilson {2} has, “fitting, right, or as a thing should be."

Concerning “pleasant,” Wilson {3} notes that this word, which is out of twenty-nine possible words, basically means “to be pleasant, lovely; spoken of a country, of one beloved, of a friend." James Strong has pleasant, delightful, sweet, lovely or beautiful in the physical sense, agreeable, and singing, sweetly sounding, musical.

Finally there is the term “beautiful (comely).” Wilson {4} notes that the Hebrew word (naw-veh’) translated as beautiful (comely in the KJ), one of six possible words the Holy Spirit chose, is the same word that is sometimes translated as “become." He points the scholar to the definition of nawveh under the heading of “become" and states, “The primary meaning may be, to sit, to dwell at ease, with pleasure and tranquility; hence, to become one, to sit well upon one, as we say of a garment, ..." 

With this I might draw an analogy from when Joseph was summoned in prison to appear before Pharaoh. Before he ever got to Pharaoh he had to take off his prison garments and put on fresh clean garments. Praising God does this in the spiritual realm for us as we desire to stand before God. And Isaiah 61:1a, 3, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; . . . 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 the YHVH, that he might be glorified.”

Considering all of these elements of Psalm 147:1 makes me think of the statement in Psalm 22:3 that God inhabits the praises of Israel. Because of the finished work of Christ, and the entire


context of Holy Scripture, we can look at that verse and state God inhabits the praises of His people, which would be the true Christians. There will come a time when a remnant of Israel will be spiritually saved and they, too, shall become His people again.

IV. Forever In Dominion  Psalm 146:10

YHVH shall reign forever --- Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise YHVH!

Despite how the world thinks about God and acts towards Him rest assured God will reign for all eternity. Once again this does not mean God is an egotist, but when you and I look at society, well, do we really want to be ruled by our own fallible, clumsy, destructive human race? My answer is “no." So it is a good thing that God reigns. And again I feel the need to briefly state He reigns as King and not as a tyrant. We each have a free will.

While He indeed reigns for all eternity, He rules now and is very much involved in earth’s events. Our verse shows His rule, in reference to those of Zion (both physical and spiritual), is from generation to generation. So no matter what we might come across we can have the peace of God knowing that He reigns. There are many things we do not like, but there will come a time when Christ rules and reigns on earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 20). 

V. Faithfulness Each Day  Psalm 145:2

Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

God desires our praise, not for His sake but for our sake.  But first, if you do not have a direct connection with God through Christ then by all means fully forsake your sins, fully commit to Him, and ask Christ to be King of your life.

All true disciples of Christ should establish praising God as a major element of their walk with God. One way to establish the wholesome habit of praising God is to let the Holy Spirit train you to continually praise Him. 

Our relationship with God through Christ, if we have it, is a love relationship. Our love is expressed in obedience to Him and as you see as you read the Holy Bible that God calls us to praise Him. So let us do so. And, as we faithfully love God by His grace we shall not only praise His name every day while here on earth, but forever.

Do not let the circumstances of this world, especially those things that directly affect your life, stop you from praising God. Satan would love to have us remain entangled in this world. There is a much better place, and that is in the presence of God. We will have a taste of that here, but as we remain faithful to Him we will be blessed with the awesomeness of His presence for all eternity because Christ paid our penalty for us. Thus it is written in  Psalm 63:3, “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.”

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} Wilson, William: Wilson's Old Testament Word Studies (MacDonald Publishing Company, McLean, VA) p 197, 33 

{3} Wilson 314

{4} Wilson 86

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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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  • Lightningforce  29-03-2017
    I loved this article. "Pinnacles of Praise." So true and precise. I know the scriptures. We can see in the book of Psalms how often did David speak about prasing the Lord? God can and does bless us and His people when we praise Him.
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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    When God spoke through the prophets, he promised his people a world where all their needs would be satisfied: banquets with wine aplenty, long life, a land well-watered, freedom from oppression, a kingdom of justice.
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