Thank you Pastor John Walls, Pastor of Freedom Baptist Church in Smithfield, NC, for yet another wonderful message.


~Psalm 105:1-5 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. (1) Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. (2) Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. (3) Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. (4)

~Psalm 105:42-45 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. (42) And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: (43) And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people; (44) That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD. (45)

Introduction:

There are many songs that have been written praising the Lord. It should be as natural for us to praise God as it is to breath. In fact we are commanded to do so in Psalms 150:6 “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” Not only David pen these words of the command he made sure he practiced it in the last part of the verse. Praise in the Hebrew means to shine, to boast or be boastful, to be made praiseworthy, be commended or be worthy of praise. In fact you cannot praise the Lord too much. He never gets the big head.

We also see a word, which does not show up, in our text in the English but it does in the Hebrew. It is the four words in the last of verse 45, which is “Praise ye the Lord.” It is just one word in the Hebrew and it is the word HALLELUJAH. Hallelujah is the sound of the language of Heaven. Hallelujah is the spice of the language of Heaven. Hallelujah is the substance of the language of Heaven.

Hallelujah is a word that we should practice saying. In fact, if we would say it more often, it would sound forth the praises of our Great God, King and Lord. Plus it would sound better than many of the things most people say. Hallelu of the word hallelujah means praise. Jah is the shorten form of Jehovah. Even the scribes of the Old Testament would make a copy of the scriptures and came to the name “Jehovah”, they would stop, wash themselves, change their clothes because the name “Jehovah” is one of the most powerful and awe stricken names of our Lord. When we say Hallelujah, we are sounding forth the power of our mighty, marvelous, matchless Lord. We are basically saying “Praise Jehovah”.

The verses selected for our text gives many of the functions of praise. They are:

  1. Recall the works of our God
  2. Record the works of our God
  3. Recite the words of our God
  4. Rejoice for the works of our God

These functions are so easy in that they require just doing the simple instructions given by the Lord.

The word HALLELUJAH is found at least twenty-two times in the Book of Psalms with a total of twenty-four times in the Old Testament. Before going further, let’s look at these twenty-four places together.

~Judges 5:2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.

Joshua was calling folks to praise God for his vengeance.

~Psalm 104:35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

~Psalm 105:45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.

David is excited about observing God’s statutes and keeping the law that it causes him to come out what should be natural for the child of God–HALLELUJAH

Psalms 106:1 “Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

DAVID IS SHOUTING OVER THE MERCY OF GOD.

~Psalm 106:48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

David is not ashamed to encourage people to give praise unto the LORD who alone is worth of such praise.

~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.

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