Saturday, March 16, 2013

Best Praise Quotes In The Bible - Part 1

If you want to be better at expressing your words of praise to God, then learn from the best.....from those people whose praises are recorded in the Bible. There are so many great praise statements that we can borrow and use as our own. So I'm putting together some of my favorites. This is Part 1.

Perhaps the greatest and most passionate praise statements come from King David. Actually, he has dozens and dozens of his praises recorded. Just look through the book of Psalms - he wrote most of them.

When King David's reign was nearing its end, and he was ready to pass on the throne to his son, Solomon, David gave the plans for the temple to him. It was God's directive that David was not to build the temple because he was a warrior and had shed blood, but instead, Solomon would be charged with building it.

In preparation, David not only laid out the plans for Solomon, but provided materials.  Using every resource at his command, King David gathered as much as he could for building the Temple of God until there was enough gold, silver, bronze, iron, and wood, as well as great quantities of onyx, other precious stones, costly jewels, and all kinds of fine stone and marble. (1 Chronicles 29:2)

Then David went above and beyond.  

“And now, because of my devotion to the Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures of gold and silver to help in the construction. This is in addition to the building materials I have already collected for his holy Temple. I am donating more than 112 tons of gold from Ophir and 262 tons of refined silver to be used for overlaying the walls of the building and for the other gold and silver work to be done by the craftsmen. Now then, who will follow my example and give offerings to the Lord today?”

"Then the family leaders, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the generals and captains of the army, and the king’s administrative officers all gave willingly. For the construction of the Temple of God, they gave about 188 tons of gold, 10,000 gold coins, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, and 3,750 tons of iron. They also contributed numerous precious stones, which were deposited in the treasury of the house of the Lord under the care of Jehiel, a descendant of Gershon. The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord, and King David was filled with joy. Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly." (1 Chronicles 29:3-10)

That's the here is his praise it over and over...say it as a personal praise prayer to God...memorize it if you can.

“Praise be to you, Lord,
    the God of our father Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all. 
 Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name."

(1 Chronicles 29:10-13) 

After David said those words of praise, he realized something....something very important...something that we should realize. Here's what he said.......

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand." (1 Chronicles 29:14)           

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