Who Should Praise God?

All Flesh

If all mankind must worship God, as Psalm 145:21 says, no mouth will remain silent, no body will remain static and no hand will cross when exalt Him.

Psalm 145:21: My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

My Soul

My soul has received many benefits from God that it has no reason to avoid praising Him. What would become of my soul, if Jesus had not died on the cross? The fate of the souls of those who have not been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb is eternal death, but the souls of the redeemed on the cross won the victory over death, that alone is a reason to praise.

Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

All It Breathes

Breathing is the wind of life and every being dies when he or she can not breathe. I remember the sad death of the wife of my best friend. She was asthmatic and died of respiratory failure on the way to hospital, she was just 33 years old. So while our lungs continue to get air, praise God because we don’t know the moment when our last breath sighs. Just the fact of breathing is reason enough to praise the Lord for allowing us to enjoy a day of the wonders of His creation.

Psalm 150:6: Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

All People

God chose a people, the descendants of Abraham. However, Jesus died on the cross to save all mankind, regardless of race, language or ancestry. Therefore, there is not one people in the world that can feel free to praise God.

Psalm 67:3,5: Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

Psalm 78:4: We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

Psalm 79:13: So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

The Righteous

Romans 3:23-24 says: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. All we have been justified by the blood of the Lamb are now righteous in the eyes of God who does not see our human filth but the image of His beloved Son. Now being fair, we have to render praise to the Lord.

Psalm 140:13: Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

The Saints

In Hebrews 10:10 we read, By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. We have been made holy, set apart for God through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross, and now, as saints we are, it is our duty to praise Him.

Psalm 145:10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.

The Redeemed

God’s Word says in Isaiah 62:12: And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken. We, the church, are a holy people, we are the redeemed of the Lord, we are pleasant land, and therefore we have a special reason to live eternally grateful to our God, and to give all the praise to whom deserves everything.

Psalm 107:1-2: O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

Those who fear the Lord

The apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 7:1: Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. We have been sanctified through the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, but we must perfect that holiness every day in fear of God, that means to respect and obey His word in everything. As seen before, praise is a mandate and, because we fear God, we praise Him.

Psalm 22:23: Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

Servants of God

What a great promise Paul teaches us in Romans 6:22 !: But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. We have been not only redeemed, justified and sanctified, but God made us His servants, and as such, available to pay all the praise to Him.

Psalm 113:1: Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.

Psalm 134:1 Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.

Psalm 135:1: Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD.

All His Angels

Angels understand very well their role and give eternal and constant praises to God so they do not cease to express His holiness and His greatness.

Psalm 148:2: Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

All Nature

The very nature pays honor and glory to its Creator every moment. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the beauty of creation, which invites us to give all the praise the one who lives forever.

Psalm 148:7-10: Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl.

Kings and peoples

As noted above, all people should praise the Lord and their rulers will do too. No one will be powerful enough on earth that has not praise the Lamb, as Paul says in Philippians 2:10-11: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Psalm 148:11,13: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

Blessings for everybody!

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