Hannah Praises God

“There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God” (v. 2).

Some years ago, there were a number of people who were stricken with polio. One of these was a young mother of two by the name of Mar- lene. Some who contracted this disease were devastated and lived under a shadow of gloom throughout their lives. Marlene did not do so. She determined that she was going to continue to live her life for God, her family, and others. In time, she had seven more children and, with the help of a godly, loving husband, she pushed herself to live a productive life. There were times when she would sit on the floor and, dragging her body across the floor, scrub her floors to polished perfection. At an advanced age, she continues to be one of the most joyful Christian ladies you would ever meet.

Hannah certainly was such a woman who understood the priority of praise. God had turned her sorrow into singing and her tears into tri- umph. There are at least three significant things that happen when a man or woman praises God: Praise exalts God, it elevates our own spirit, and it provides an example to three worlds that our God is praise-worthy! Peo- ple who praise are truly a blessing to everyone around them. (Michael R. Williams)

Are you a member of the “Praise Committee”?

The Basis of Praise

“Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off” (v. 6).

The writer once had a professor who had a special passion for the homeless. The professor had made it the focus of his doctoral work. Over the course of two years, by spending time with the homeless, he became their friend and was accepted into their culture. For Thanksgiving, he enjoyed preparing food and taking it to the homeless who were living under interstate overpasses. At the institution where he taught, he obtained permission to have the leftover food from the cafeteria. He and some of the students would put it in back packs. They would walk through the city to share food and the gospel with those who were the neediest in society.

Jesus was called a Friend of sinners. He came from the highest echelon of glory to dwell with sinful mankind. He sees and has regard for the lowly. Let us praise Him for condescending to where we are. As we humble ourselves, He draws near, but if we are lifted up with pride, He withdraws and is far off. (Bob Blankenship)

Hail, Galilean King!

Thy humble state I sing;

Never shall my triumphs end;

Hail derided Majesty!

Jesus, hail! the sinner’s Friend,

Friend of Publicans, - and me.

Charles Wesley (Public Domain)

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Praising the Living God

Lesson 13 - November 27, 2016

Focus Text: Psalm 145:3-21

Central Truth: Praise to God is the highest expression of redeemed man.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list new ways they will praise God in their lives.

Lesson Outline:

  1. Praise the Greatness of God (Psalm 145:1-6)
  2. Praise the Goodness of God (Psalm 145:7-10)
  3. Praise the Government of God (Psalm 145:11-13)
  4. Praise the Grace of God (Psalm 145:14-21)