Scripture Read: Psalm 148; 149; 150
Title: Sing Praise to the LORD
(H) Highlight verse: "Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the gody! For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation" Psalm 149:1, 4
(E) Explain: “Sing to the Lord a new song”… The Psalmist invites the people of God to sing, but we are not only called to sing but are called to sing a new song. This does not necessarily imply that the song needs to be a fresh composition (so there is no need to write a new song every week); but it means that we are to sing a song in response to an experience of God’s grace. We are to sing with a new heart.
The word "praise" is used multiple times in the three Psalm passages and the Hebrew root word is "halal" which means to boast, celebrate, and be foolish. When we see the word in this context we can fully understand that praising God is synonymous to boasting about and celebrating God.
(A) Application: If you step back for a moment and look at how these Psalms can apply to you today you can ask these three questions.
(R) Respond: God I will praise you in the morning, afternoon, and in the evening because you are worthy of all praise. I will sing a new song unto you LORD because you are a great and mighty God who takes pleasure in his people.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
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