Let’s Just Praise the Lord
Psalm 34:1-3 “I will
bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my
mouth. 2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear
of it and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His
I. Paul and Silas knew the secret of prayer and praise.
16:22-30 “Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the
magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with
rods. 23And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them
into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. 24Having
received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened
their feet in the stocks. 25But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying
and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
26Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the
prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and
everyone’s chains were loosed. 27And the keeper of the prison, awaking
from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had
fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28But Paul called
with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
29Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before
Paul and Silas. 30And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I
do to be saved?”
A. They had done nothing wrong. Only delivered a demon possessed girl.
B. At the dark hour of midnight when all seemed hopeless and lost.
C. They used a two-fold weapon: prayer and praise.
D. Their praise became a testimony.
E. Their praise produced a shaking in the natural circumstances.
II. We are called to praise and worship.
Peter 2:5;9 “you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual
house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable
to God through Jesus Christ.”
9But you are a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may
proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His
A. We’re called regardless of the circumstances in our lives.
B. Things may not be the way we need them to be but we are the children of light.
III. It’s time to make an exchange.
61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has
anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal
the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening
of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year
of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who
mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for
ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit
of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The
planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
A. Trade captivity for liberty.
B. Trade your ashes for beauty.
C. Trade your mourning for the oil of joy.
D. Trade the spirit of heaviness for the garment of praise.
IV. Praise ushers in His presence.
Psalm 22:3 “But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.”
A. As we praise Him, He sets His throne in the midst of His people.
B. From His throne He makes declarations, issues decrees and proclamations.
C. Bring your situation before His throne that He might make His judgment on your behalf.
V. Let’s just praise the Lord.
150 “Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His
mighty firmament! 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according
to His excellent greatness! 3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and
dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him
with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything
that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”