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Faith and Culture - Praise & Worship

Key Scripture (Psalm 150:1-6 NIV):

Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

The 6 Acts of Praise:

Psalms 30:4 NLT

SING to the LORD, all you godly ones…

Psalms 47:1 NLT

Come, everyone! CLAP your hands! SHOUT to God with joyful praise!

Psalms 149:3 NLT

Praise his name with DANCING

Psalm 134:2 NIV

LIFT UP YOUR HANDS in the sanctuary…

Acts 4:24 NIV

When they heard this, they RAISED THEIR VOICES together in PRAYER to God.


Important takeaway: We praise because God tells us to.

Key Scripture (Luke 19:37-40 MSG):

The whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed…Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, get your disciples under control!” But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”

Halal = to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; to celebrate.

Conclusion


Ezekiel 46:9 NLT

But when the people come in through the north gateway to worship the LORD during the religious festivals, they must leave by the south gateway. And those who entered through the south gateway must leave by the north gateway. They must never leave by the same gateway they came in, but must always use the opposite gateway.