TODAY we celebrate our 14th anniversary! And by God’s irresistible grace, we pray you to join us to thank and praise Him solely in this service for all that He has done for us. I call on you to enter into His gates and courts with thanksgiving -- and with praise! And I encourage you to thank and to bless our God with one united heart and voice. Let me take you on a brief tour through the Bible to find out what is biblical praise and thanksgiving and how they are rendered to God, who alone is worthy of praise.
Praise in the Bible is always associated with singing. Here are a couple of textual confirmation:
- “Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD! For He has delivered the life of the poor…” - Jeremiah 20:13
- “Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God - Psalm 147:7
- “Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.” - James 5:13
Who in the Bible sung and praised God? Below are a very small number of examples:
- The Levites (priests) sang praises to the Lord with the words of David and Asaph (David was the chief psalmist of Israel, and Asaph was his chief musician) - 2 Chronicles 29:30
- Jesus and his disciples: “when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” - Matthew 25:30
- “Kings” and even “trees of the forest” will sing for joy before the Lord! - Psalm 138:5 and 96:12
A heart that is filled with praise is a heart given to the duty of praise. And that honors God.
- “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me” - Psalm 50:23 (esv)
- “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” - Colossians 4:2
- “Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith … abounding in it with thanksgiving - Colossians 2:7
Therefore … Give thanks to the Lord!
Rev Robert Chew