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"We Have Good Reason to Praise God"

By Pastor Kevin Burden
Northwest Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

Text:  Psalm 146

Introduction:

Job 22:21-23 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.  Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.  If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up...

Jeremiah 9:23,24 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD...

A Saving Knowledge And A Spiritual Knowledge of God is the greatest need of every human being...

Author W. Pink wrote: The foundation of all true knowledge of God comes from a clear mental apprehension of His divine perfections as revealed in the Bible.  We need more than a theoretical knowledge of God.  God is only truly known in the Soul as we yield ourselves to Him, submitting to His authority, and regulating our lives by His precepts.

Daniel 11:32 ..the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD:

An Unknown God Can Neither Be Trusted, Served, Nor Praised.  But God's Word tells us we are to praise Him - 1 Chronicles 16:25-31.  Notice the introduction of Ps. 147:1; 148:1; 149:1; 150:1

From Psalm 146, I want to give you several reasons

Theme:  Why we should PRAISE GOD!

I.  WE SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE -
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,.. (v. 5a).   He keepeth truth forever (v. 6b). This refers to the faithfulness of God.  Jacob's life proves the faithfulness of God!

Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God,..

2 Tim. 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Lam. 3:22,23 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

II. WE SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE - Happy is he...whose hope is in the LORD his God: (v. 5b).  Our God is a personal God!

1 John 1:3,7 ..our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ... if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another,..

2 Cor. 6:16 ...ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

III.  WE SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE - He executeth judgment and the wicked He turneth upside down (v. 7, 9).  See also Psalm 147:6

IV.  WE SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE - He giveth food to the hungry (v. 7).

Matt. 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Ps 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

V.  WE SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE - He ..made heaven, and earth, and sea, and all that therein is: (v. 6).

God Is All Powerful.  Gen. 1:1;  Ps. 33:6;  Ps. 119:90. Ps 62:11 Power belongs unto God. Heb 1:3 He upholdeth all things by the word of His power

He Has Power To loose the prisoners.  (v. 7), open the eyes of the blind (v. 8), raise them that are bowed down (v. 8).   To save, secure, satisfy, sanctify, separate...

VI.  PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE - The Lord loveth the righteous (v. 8).

Jesus said,.. If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23.  He loves me with an everlasting love!

VII.  PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE - The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: (v. 9a).  Here we see the Goodness, Mercy, & Grace of God.  Read Ps. 145:15-17.

We Deserve Nothing By His Gracious Hand, yet He provides sunshine & rain, wind & storm, grace & mercy.

VIII.  PRAISE THE LORD BECAUSE - The Lord shall reign forever.. (v. 10a).

Will Man Reign Forever? (v. 3, 4).  Ps 10:16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: Ps 145:13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.  Rev. 11:15 ... The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

CONCLUSION:  HOW SHOULD WE PRAISE THE LORD? (v. 1, 2).

Through Salvation - Praise the Lord, O my soul (v. 1)

Through Service - While I live I will Praise the Lord (v. 2)

Through Song - I will sing praise unto my God (v. 2)
 
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