"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
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:
“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
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
(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.
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