What we say
From our mouth should always leave words of praise to God. We should not join the chorus of complaints from those who cast blame God for all his troubles because everything He does for us is good and praiseworthy.
Psalm 145:4-7: One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
Our praise can not be feigned but expresses the depths of our hearts. We can not cheat God because he has the ability to scrutinize the depths of our being to discover our intentions.
Psalm 9:1: I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
Psalm 111:1: Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
With a Straight Heart
The intentions of our heart must be aligned with God when we praise. Our offering of praise should be pleasing to the Lord.
Psalm 119:7: I will praise thee with uprightness of heart when I learn your righteous judgments.
While the praise is not just music, the songs are an important part of it, especially those coming out from our own hearts. It’s good to learn the psalms, hymns and songs performed during services. However, it is much better to take the time to sing a new song inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 92:1: It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High.
Psalm 104:33-34: I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Psalm 147:1: Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
When we sing to God, let pay attention to what we sing and meditate on the lyrics of the song. In this way we will see if we are really singing to the Lord or to minister to ourselves.
Psalm 47: 6-7: Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
Our hands, like our voice can be an instrument of praise to God. When we beat the hands, ie to move from one place to another, we are offering God acclamation.
Psalm 47:1: O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
The Bible mentions numerous stringed instruments (harp, psaltery, instrument of ten strings, lyre, zither), wind (horn, flute, organ, trumpet) and percussion (timbrel, bell, cymbal, drum, tambourine) that were used to praise God.
Exodus 39:25-26: And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the robe, round about between the pomegranates; A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, round about the hem of the robe to minister in; as the LORD commanded Moses.
1 Samuel 10:5: After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy.
1 Chronicles 13:8: And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
Job 30:31: My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.
Psalm 33:2: Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
Psalm 57: 8: Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
Psalm 71:22: I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 81:3: Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
Psalm 150:3-6: Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalm 33:1-3: Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
Isaiah 30:29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
Dance is another expression of praise. We who have received the gift of eternal life, we saw how God changed the wailing and gnashing of teeth condemned by the glorious celebration of those who have been delivered from eternal death. The precious blood of the Lamb, clothed us with fine linen clothes, party clothes, clothes for dancing.
Exodus 15:20: And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
Psalm 150:4: Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
With Happiness, Joy and JUbilation
Praise should be carried out with happiness, joy and jubilation because praise is a celebration not a duel. Praising, if we cry, that is happiness.
Psalm 32:11: Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Psalm 81:1 Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
Psalm 95:1-3 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Applauding is an expression of joy, delight and approval. When we applaud our God, we acknowledge His works and His attributes.
Psalm 98:4-6 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
When we lift our hands to praise God we are saying we surrender to His majesty and power.
Psalm 63:3-4: Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
Psalm 134:1-2 Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.
Blessings for everybody.