he book of Psalms is one of the most recognizable books in the Bible. It has been said to be the fifth Gospel because of how often Jesus quoted from it. Psalms reveals the heart of a loving Father and the love response back to Him. In the gospel of Mark alone, Jesus quotes from the book of Psalms five times. This brings to light the direction of the psalms and how it impacts a believers heart.
Praises of Jesus
Under the surface, praises of Jesus are located throughout. Today, our aim is to walk through five verses that bring out the heart of praise and adoration. By our praise, we open the heavens and usher in the presence of King Yeshua. Since he is worthy of our complete attention and affection.
"Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and flute, 5praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD." (Psalm 150:1-6)
The posture of praise comes when we reposition our hearts towards our great God. The main tool our Heveanthly Father has given us to reposition our hearts is our mouths. For Jesus Christ says in Luke 6:45, “for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” When we begin to use our mouths as a weapon of praise, our hearts align up with the truth of God’s Word. Faith is released. The atmosphere of the room changes. Spiritual walls crash down. This all stems from a mouth that declares praises to God.
In the verse, the Psalmist declares, “let everything that has breath praise the LORD.” This serves a reminder into the heart of praise. Whatever your background is, sinner or saint - if you have breath, then God has given it to you. Praise God! That alone is worthy of our praise and affection!
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song." (95:1-2)
When the confession of one’s mouth aligns with the posture of praise, a song of freedom is birthed. The Psalmist declares that we as believers should “sing for joy” to the Lord! If joy has never been apart of your walk with Yeshua, then you should reconsider your walk with Him. It is in the Father’s heart for His children to walk in joy (see Romans 15:13). If you have not experienced joy in your life, then you are missing a huge part of God in your relationship.
When you walk in joy, you walk in freedom. Becoming a person of joy is rooted in praise. In the verse, the Psalmist reveals the foundation of his joy - the rock. Yeshua is the cornerstone or the rock of our salvation!
One of the greatest resources a believer has to build a foundation of praise is through singing. When believers sing praise, their spirit connects with God’s heart. And from the heart praise is made manifest.
“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.” (Psalms 98:1-2)
It is in God’s heart to do marvelous things for his children. This is evident throughout scripture starting in Exodus when Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt. If a believer has not encountered the “marvelous” in God, then they should reconsider the way they are following Him. Peter encourages us to live God’s marvelous light in 1 Peter 2:9.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
Did you catch that? We are to proclaim the praises of God who has called us out of darkness and into his marvelous light. If you haven’t encountered the marvelous light, then you probably have never used praise as a weapon in the darkness. Praise is the highway to the throne of God. When we begin to magnify the name of Yeshua, we marvel at the glory of God.
Live A Life Of Praise
Today, our aim was to reveal the heart of praise in three key passages in the book of Psalms. Take heart, when you begin to reposition your heart around the truth of God’s Word, instead of your situation, a new song of praise arises. God wants to do something new in your life through the man who hung between two criminals. Take control of your life by controlling your tongue. Use it as a weapon of praise and not complaint and watch the marvelous things God will do.