No matter what you are going through, never stop praising the Lord. After all, God chose you so that you can give him praise [from 1 Peter 2:9-10 read 1 Peter 2:4-25 (9-10)].
Never Stop Praising The Lord, He Is Our Hope
STM Bible Lesson: Never stop praising our Lord – Psalm 71:7-8
Lesson focus: Psalm 71:7-8. Bible lesson background: The Bible Knowledge Commentary – Psalm 71 combines elements from other psalms (22; 31; 35; 40). Yet it is a unit in itself expressing the faith of an older person throughout most of his lifetime.
In response to his prayer the psalmist, who is not identified, anticipated the same marvelous response the Lord had given him all his life. So, vowing to praise God as he had always done, he confidently asked to be delivered from those who sought his harm and derided him for his faith.
[My note:] Specifically, 71:7-8, even when things were difficult, the psalmist chose to praise God. It should encourage us to do likewise. In doing so, we show our faith in Him, trusting that He will provide us with the strength, peace, and joy to persevere.
- My life is an example to many because you have been my strength and protection. 8 That is why I can never stop praising [the Lord God] you; I declare your glory all day long.
- I am as a wonder unto many, but thou art my strong refuge. 8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.
Colossians 1:26-27 (ERV)
This message is the secret truth that was hidden since the beginning of time. It was hidden from everyone for ages, but now it has been made known to God’s holy people. 27 God decided to let his people know just how rich and glorious that truth is. That secret truth, which is for all people, is that Christ lives in you, his people. He is our hope for glory [i.e., of all the wonderful things to come; being honored by God (Romans 5:2)].
Never Stop Praising the Lord
Let us offer, as our sacrifice, continual praise to our Lord — it is an offering from your lips that glorify the name of the Lord; JESUS (from Hebrews 13:15 Open English Bible). The Psalms are full of terms that express praise and can be your motivation. I give you four to give you examples of ways to give verbal praise.
- To worship in words or song; to do honor to; to show the excellence of God [from the Hebrew תְּהִלָּה thillah].
- Psalms 34:1
- (KJV) I will bless [praise] the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
- (GNT) I will always thank the Lord; I will never stop praising him.
- Talk about how great God is. To make a show or celebrate [from the Hebrew הָלַל halal].
- In God we boast [praise you] all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah. Psalms 44:8
- Tell of (proclaim) the Lord’s greatness [from the Hebrew גָּדַל gadal].
- I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify [honor; bring glory to] him with thanksgiving. Psalms 69:30
- To lift up; be highly active [from the Hebrew רוּם ruwm].
- Exalt [praise; honor] ye the LORD our God, and worship [bow down] at his footstool [feet]; for he is holy. Psalms 99:5
- Clap hands; blow (a trumpet)
- Clap your hands, all you nations. Shout to God with cries of joy. Psalms 47:1 (NIRV) ♦ Blow the ram’s horn on the day of the New Moon Feast. Blow it again when the moon is full and the Feast of Booths begins. Psalms 81:3 (NIRV)
- Brown-Driver-Briggs: 1. give a blast, blow (German ‘stossen’), with ב of instrument (usually horn or clarion). 2. strike, clap hands; in triumph.
- H8628 תָּקַע taqa` (taw-kah’) v. to blow, clap, strike, sound, thrust, give a blow, blast.
- As the LORD’s chest entered David’s City, Saul’s daughter Michal was watching from a window. She saw King David jumping and dancingH3769 before the LORD, and she lost all respect for him. 2 Samuel 6:16 (CEB)
- According to various versions of verse 14, David was wearing only a linen priestly vest. The Defender’s Study Bible – Michal’s sarcastic charge that David had “uncovered himself” (2 Samuel 6:20) while bringing the ark into Jerusalem was an exaggeration intended to show her displeasure at David’s display of religious emotion.
- H3769 כָּרַר karar (kaw-rar’) v. to dance (i.e. whirl)
- Singing and Playing musical instruments
- God, I will sing a new song to you; sing praises to you with a ten-stringed harp. Psalm 144:9 (CJB)
- Bibletools.org – properly, to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument, i.e. play upon it; to make music, accompanied by the voice; hence to celebrate in song and music:–give praise, sing forth praises, psalms.
- H2167 זָמַר zamar (zaw-mar’) v. to celebrate in song and music. [a primitive root (perhaps identical with H2168 through the idea of striking with the fingers)] KJV: give praise, sing forth praises, psalms. Compare: H5059, H7891
He is our hope
Physical training is useful to some extent [or, “for a short time”], but living godly is useful in every way. For it promises benefits [not only] for the present life, but [also] for the life to come. 9 This [foregoing] saying is trustworthy and deserves to be fully accepted. 10 For that reason we work hard and struggle because we have our hope set on the living God. (He) who is the Savior of all people, [and] especially of those who believe [in Christ]. 1 Timothy 4:8-10 (AUV)
- Disciple’s Study Bible – God has made salvation available to all people but has left people free to reject it if they choose. Only those who believe share in salvation.
Praise to God
Believe it or not, people were made for God (Isaiah 43:7 and 21; Colossians 1:16). In fact, as mentioned at the beginning, you were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God. Or simply, to praise God!
Moreover, because of what Christ has done, we have become gifts to God that he delights in. As part of God’s sovereign plan we were chosen from the beginning to be his, and all things happen just as he decided long ago. 12 God’s purpose in this was that we should praise God and give glory to him for doing these mighty things for us, who were the first to trust in Christ. Ephesians 1:11-12 (TLB)
Yes, God made all things, and everything continues through him and for him [because all things come from him, through him, and for him]. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:36 (EXB)
Now continue to boast about what the Lord has done and is doing in your life! Never stop praising the Lord God! I pray that you have enjoyed and will make the most of this Bible lesson. Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim. ☺
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Note: parenthesis (#) encloses the key verse(s).
Psalm 47:1-4 (1), 81:3-5 (3), and 144:9-10 (9); 2 Samuel 6:16-20 (16), and 1 Timothy 4:6-11 (8-10). Ephesians 1:3-14 (11-12) and Romans 11:33-36 (36).