Psalm 96 (Part ll): Public and God Fearing Praise 

(Ps. 96:3-6 Pas. Baines, Jr. 7/2018)

Introduction: Worship should be a value of every Christian church. Based on Psalm 96:3-6, the thesis for this discussion is “We should work on public and God fearing praise.”

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Key Points: 

1. We ought to praise God publicly. Notice in Psalm 96:3-6; 107:2; and I Corinthians 14:23-26 that God’s people are called to praise Him publicly. Our public praise can be a blessing to unbelievers and believers. 

Therefore, when we don’t praise God publicly, we sin against God’s will, block the personal benefits of praising God, and block the blessings that unbelievers and believers should receive from our praise. Let’s work on publicly praising God, especially in the praise and worship service. 

2. Our praise should be the product of our lips and lives. Notice in John 4:22-24; Hebrews 13:15-16; and John 14:15 that God is calling for His people to be true worshippers. It is not enough to just go through the motions on Sunday. God wants us to live lives of worship (i.e., obedience) 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

At the core of God’s will are the issues of accepting Jesus as our savior by faith and loving God (e.g., study, serve, give, and obey) and others (e.g., family, friends, church, and community), as we love ourselves (e.g., our mindsets, health, finances, relationships, and contributions). 

Let’s work on worshipping and obeying God’s will for every area of our lives 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

3. All others are idols. Notice in Psalm 96:5 that all other gods are idols (i.e., worthless, weak, and false objects of worship). Money is a good servant, but it is a terrible god. Money can be used to buy a mattress, but we need the Lord to give us rest. 

Friends and loved ones can be good company (see Gen. 2:18), but they are terrible gods. We should be thankful for our loved ones, but they are dying sinners just like us. And then we may have some good qualities, but we are terrible gods. Proverbs 14:12 teaches that some of what we think is right may end in death. Let’s make sure that we focus on the true God. 

4. God is already God. Notice in Psalm 96:6 that God is already marvelous. We are not adding to Him; we are simply acknowledging who God already is. We need God to be independent of the uncertain behavior patterns of people. 

Thank God that no matter what happens in our families, among our friends, with our health, and with our wealth, God is still God. This means that He is still working things out for our good (see Rom. 8:28; Jn. 10:10; Jer. 29:11), and He is still worthy of our praise. Let’s live like we know that God is still God. This means that we keep on obeying Him.

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