Praise
Praise
"Praise ye the LORD. 0 give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for
ever." (Psalms 106:1)
We are looking at the keys to Christian living. We have looked at the key of peace, and the key of
prayer. Now in this lesson we come to the third key, which is praise.

Now remember, we have selected six keys that are necessary for living the Christian life. These six
keys are not all the keys for living the Christian life, but they are the basic, fundamental, and essential
keys. These are things that we must follow after we have been saved.

Now, as I mentioned, we come to the third key to living the Christian life, and that is the key of
Praise. Every child of God should praise the Lord, and we have a lot to praise Him for. We really
need to understand some things about praising God from the Bible, because there are many who are
wrongly offering praise to God today. I believe that praise is being neglected in many areas today,
and it is also being perverted in many areas in this day of seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.
Praise to God is a method of worshipping God, and if we are to worship God, we must do as the
Bible says in (John 4:23-24) where it says
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true
worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to
worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in
truth.”
All of our worship must be in spirit; that is, from the heart spiritually, and also in truth; that
is, according to Word of God as it is written in the Bible. Now let us consider:
The Meaning of Praise
Praising God means to ascribe to Him honor and glory. It means to give thanks to God in worship
and thanksgiving, as Leah praised God when she gave birth to Judah in (Genesis 29-35), where it
says,
“And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD:
therefore she called his name Judah and left bearing.”
So, to praise God means that we give
Him glory and honor with thankful and grateful heart. Now, let us consider,
The Object of Praise
The object of our praise is the only true and living God. In the minds of men there are many gods,
but beloved, there is only one true and living God, and that is the God of the Bible. We see many
people today give praise to one they call god, but their god is not the God of the Bible. The God of
the Bible is the eternal, self-existent, holy, loving, righteous and just God.

The true and living God is from all eternity. He has always been, and always is. The Bible says in
(Psalms 90:2)
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth
and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God”
And we see in (Psalms 102:
25-27)
“Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of
thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a
garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the
same, and thy years shall have no end.”
So we give praise to the eternal self-existent God who
has always been and always is.

We praise the God that is Omnipresent. The God of the Bible is everywhere present at the same
time. God is present in all His creation, but He is in no way limited by it. God is not limited by space,
time or matter. The Bible says in (Psalms 139:7-10)
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or
whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my
bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the
uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold
me.”
Beloved there is no place that God is not present in His essence, wisdom and knowledge. He
knows all things; He sees all things. We see in (Psalms 139:1-6)
“0 LORD, thou hast searched me,
and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my
thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all
my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, 0 LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”
And we see in (Hebrews 4:12-13) “For
the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even
to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of
the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his
sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

This is the God that we give praise to. This is the true and living God as He is presented in the Bible.


Today we hear many celebrities, sports figures, and even some religious leaders giving praise to God
for their many talents and accomplishments. But they live an ungodly life-style. They commit adultery,
fornication, use drugs and liquor. I have even seen them hold up their glasses of liquor before God
and give Him thanks for their victories and accomplishments. But their god is not the God of the
Bible. The God that is presented in the Bible says.
“Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Romans 13:
9);
“Flee fornication” (I Corinthians 6:18); “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning,
that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! And the
harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the
work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.”
(Isaiah 5:11-12); and in (I
Corinthians 6:9-10) it says,
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of
God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor
abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers,
nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
You see, Beloved, the god these people are
praising is not the God of the Bible. It is an imaginary god that they have conceived in their minds to
fit their life-style. Therefore, their god is not the true and living God, but an idol god that cannot save
them from the wrath and condemnation of the true and living God, in whom they will one day stand
before and give an account of their lives to.

The true Christian gives praise to the God of glory, a holy and just God, who is righteous in all that
He does. We praise the God who has created all things, who has so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son to die on the cross of Calvary for the sin of the world. The sin of the world is
unbelief. It is rejecting and rebelling against God’s Word. Because of this sin, mankind lives a sinful
life in the sight of God. The reason people behave the way they do is because of this little three letter
word “sin.” People lie, steal, commit adultery, commit fornication, kill, because they are sinners. The
root problem with mankind is not because of bad environment or bad social conditions, but because
of sin. People sin because they have the sin nature within them. (Ephesians 2:2-3)
“Wherein in time
past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of
the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all
had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh
and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”
And in (Romans 3:
10-12) it says
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that
understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God They are all gone out of the way, they are
together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Sin is the cause of
mankind’s behavior. It is the cause for the great gulf of separation between God and man. But the
Lord Jesus Christ is the answer for the sin question. He is the bridge over this great gulf.  He is the
“Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world."  God gave His only begotten Son to die for the
sin of the world. In Him we can find salvation. In the Lord Jesus Christ we find the way, the truth,
and the life. We find the way to God, the truth of God in all things, and the eternal life that is ours
now and forever, when we put our trust in Him.

Beloved, this is the God we give praise to. The loving, merciful, just and righteous God that is
pictured in the Bible. We need to come back to this great Bible truth. Today, in this modern age, the
church world has taken a wrong path that will lead to destruction. They are giving praise to the
wrong god, who is really not a god.

Having the key of peace with God, and the key of prayer, we also use the key of praise to the true
and living God, who has saved us and is keeping us. What a joy it is to give praise to God who
spared not His Son, but gave Him up freely for us, that we might have eternal life, and the inheritance
of the Holy City.

Beloved, we praise God because He is good, and His mercy endures forever. We praise Him
because His merciful kindness is great toward us, and His truth endures forever. We praise the Lord
because His greatness is unsearchable, His love is everlasting, His truth endures forever, His
kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, His dominion endures throughout all generations, He is righteous
in all His ways, holy in all His works. We praise Him because the Lord is nigh unto all them that call
upon Him in truth, because He preserves all them that love Him.

We worship and praise God because He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds;
because He knows the number of the stars, and calls them all by their names. We praise God
because He is great in power, His understanding is infinite, He lifts up the meek, He covers the
heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, He makes grass to grow on the mountains, and in
the valleys. We praise Him because He takes pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with
salvation.

Yes, God is to be praised by all His people. Praising God gives Him honor and glory, and this is why
God has made us. When we praise God it will bring us blessings from Him because He is pleased.
Our praise is to be true and from the heart. Praising God will give us strength, hope, courage, and a
greater love for God. It will cause us to be more thankful for the things that God is doing for us day
by day. As the last verse in the book of Psalms says,
“Let everything that has breath praise the
Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”

This is why we say that praise is one of the keys to living the Christian life.