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singing choir September 9 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: Psalms 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100

Praise God

There are times like Thanksgiving when it is especially fitting to praise God for the blessings he has bestowed on us. But, is Thanksgiving the only time we should publicly praise him? Is public praise of God appropriate or should we just keep it in our churches and other religious assemblies? When and how should we do it?

Psalms 93-100 were written late in Israel’s history before the New Testament was written. The context of praise in these Psalms fits the time period when God brought the Israelites back to their own land from exile. He forgave their sin and wickedness. He influenced the heart of King Cyrus to issue a decree to let them return to their own land and rebuild their temple, city, and houses. He granted them special protection from their enemies and ordered the surrounding cities and nations to help the Israelites, providing them with gold, silver, goods, and even livestock for sacrificing to their God. Under God’s protecting hand, they built an altar to sacrifice and worship him. They laid a foundation for their temple in the midst of their enemies. It may have been at this time that these songs were composed for worship.

Israel praised God for many things. The Israelites praised God for the discipline that they experienced to bring them back to him (Psalm 94:12-15). They thanked him for his consolation when their anxiety was great within them (94:19). Israel thanked God for deliverance from her enemies. Israel praised God because he was the Rock of her salvation and because he is God above all gods. His people knelt down before God their maker. They praised him because he was their shepherd and they were the sheep under his care. (Psalm 95:1-7).

Should our worship be quiet and reflective? There is time for silent worship, and there is time for shouting and singing for joy! The people of Israel were delivered from the prison of being exiled in Babylon for seventy years. They were completely forgiven of their sins. Then they were given favor by God to return to their land to rebuild! This was a cause for great rejoicing!

Many think that Christians should keep God to themselves and in their churches. Psalms 96, 98 and 100, however, exhort us to let the entire world know the greatness of God. Yes, we should praise God in our churches so that believers may draw encouragement, but we should also praise God in our neighborhoods and the market place. All people need to know there is a great God in heaven who works in the lives of his people here on earth. They need to know of his might, his justice, his holiness and his love. Sharing our praise develops a hunger within them to know him, and God commands that we do so on a daily basis. Do you know God? He can give you forgiveness, peace, and spiritual life (more...). He is deserving of all praise. What has God done for us recently that we can share with people?

Lessons to live by:

  • Share praises of God for who he is and what he has done. God is glorified, his people are encouraged and others will come to know him when we share his praises.
  • Be specific with your praise. How has God blessed you? What has he done? How has he changed you? How has he answered prayer?
  • Share him in church, the market place, with your neighbors, and even with your acquaintances.
  • Worship comes in many forms. Quiet and reflective worship is appropriate at times, and loud singing and even shouting for joy is appropriate at other times. Adjust your worship style to the situation.

Today’s Bible memory verses: Psalm 96:2-4

Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. (NIV)

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