11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. Yet many shouted aloud for joy, 13 so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off.
“When was the last time that you simply praised God?” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Praise needs to brought back to the front of our lives and more specifically, our mouths.
Praise is a command, and it belongs to God.
In making praise a priority, we need to:
Have an informed praise (vs 10)
Be informed on who to praise, on how to praise and the way to praise. According to 1 Chronicles 15:13 – there is a right way to praise God.
Have a collective praise (vs 11)
There is something powerful and wonderful about praising God corporately.
Have a faith praise (vs 11)
The people praised God when the foundation was laid. We need to give God praise ‘on the way’ in anticipation of what He will do.
Have a multi-generational praise (vs 12) and Psalms 145:4
Have an emotional praise (vs 12).
The people wept and shouted. David praised emotionally (2 Samuel 6:16, 21-22)
Have a loud praise (vs 13)
Make a loud noise (Psalms 100:1).
We need to make praise a priority. Praise God for his goodness and mercy.