Ways To Praise

Praise – to express approval or admiration of; to commend; to exalt; to glorify especially by the attribution of perfections

There are countless ways to praise God.  It’s not limited to worship alone, which is normally what we think of when we think of praising God. We praise Him anytime that we exalt His way of doing things above our own ways.  We praise Him when we speak well of Him to others.  We praise Him when we give our tithes and offerings.  We praise Him when we worship.  We praise Him when we walk in obedience to Him.  We praise Him when we forgive others when they sin against or offend us.  We praise Him when we tell others of His awesome deeds and salvation.  We praise Him when a song that glorifies Him is in our mind.  We praise Him when we are bowed down praying to Him.  We praise Him when we thank Him.  The list could go on and on…
What we’re going to do tonight is to take a few of the ways that we see in scripture to praise God and then close in worship where we’ll be able to put some of these ways to praise into action.Ways to PraiseShouting – 

Psalm 71:23
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I whom you have delivered.
Psalm 100:1
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Psalm 66:1-2
Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious.
Jonah 2:9
But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
Singing –
Judges 5:3
I, even I, will sing to the Lord;
I will praise the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.Psalm 9:2
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
Psalm 13:6
I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.
Psalm 47:6
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.
Psalm 95:1
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Speaking – 
 
Psalm 145:21
My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
 
Psalm 66:17
I cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.
 
Psalm 66:8
Praise our God, all peoples,
let the sound of his praise be heard;

Lifted Hands –Psalm 63:4
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
Psalm 134:2
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
and praise the Lord.
Clapping Hands –
 
Psalm 47:1
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.

Dance/Instruments –Psalm 149:3
Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
Psalm 150:3-5
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet (Hebrew word shofar – ram’s horn),
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
2 Chronicles 29:28
The whole assembly bowed in worship, while the musicians played and the trumpets sounded.

Bowing/Kneeling/Face Down

Leviticus 9:24
Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.
Psalm 95:6
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
2 Chronicles 7:3
When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying,
“He is good;
his love endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 29:28
The whole assembly bowed in worship, while the musicians played and the trumpets sounded.
2 Chronicles 29:30
King Hezekiah and his officials ordered the Levites to praise the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness and bowed down and worshiped.
Standing – 
 
Exodus 33:10
10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent.
Spirit and Truth – 
 
John 4:24
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
Ephesians 5:18-20
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Finances – 
 
Proverbs 3:9-10
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Our Bodies – 
 
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Romans 12:1
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Banners – 
 
Psalm 20:5
May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.May the Lord grant all your requests.