“Sound forth the praises of the Most High.”
Doesn’t that statement just stir something within you?
I recently came across it in a Charles Spurgeon quote and it stuck me as stirring. It doesn’t say “give praise to God” or “attend church on Sunday to worship.” Rather its about sounding forth! It reminds me of a junior higher in band class who blares their instrument as loud as possible. It’s a trumpet blast or a bullhorn that isn’t content to be quiet but rather declare as loud as possible the praises of the Most High God.
I want my life to do that.
Worship in Scripture
Worship is a fascinating thing. We often see worship as singing, or that which we gather to do in our church buildings once or twice a week.
But worship is so much more!
Worship, biblically, is not an activity as much as it is a lifestyle. Worship rarely in Scripture has music or singing connected to it … it’s all about the declaration of our lives.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” That is a life of worship.
Again in Colossians 3:17, Paul exhorts: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Yep, worship.
Sure, worship can include singing, but every moment of each day should be a declaration from both our words and lives how great and marvelous our Savior is. He is worthy to be praised. As the Psalmist says, “Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at His footstool—He is holy” (Psalm 99:5).
Does your life declare the mystery and marvel of Jesus Christ? When people look at how you live and how you communicate, does it cause them to sound forth the praises of God? If not, why not? Shouldn’t every action and word of our lives cause others to see Him clearer, to draw nigh unto His presence, to fall more in love with Him?
Jesus Christ is worthy of our praise! May our lives boldly declare His goodness, grace, grandeur, and glory!
The statement “sound forth the praises of the Most High” which I mentioned above, was taken from this quote from Charles Spurgeon. May it cause your life to be a trumpet blast of Christ today!
Psalm 145 is called “David’s Psalm of praise,” and you will see that all through it he is inflamed by a strong desire that God may be greatly magnified. Hence he uses a variety of expressions, and repeats himself in his holy vehemence. Run your eye down the psalm and notice such words as these: “I will extol thee”; “I will bless thy name”; “Every day will I bless thee”; “I will praise thy name forever and ever”; “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised”; “One generation shall praise thy works, to another”; “I will speak of the glorious’ honor of thy majesty; “Men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts,” and other words of like import, down to the last verse’: “My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.”
David is not content with declaring that Jehovah is worthy of praise, or with pleading that his praise ought to be felt in the heart, but he will have it publicly spoken of, openly declared, plainly uttered, and joyfully proclaimed in song. The inspired Psalmist, moved by the Holy Ghost, calls upon all flesh, yea, and upon all the works of God to sound forth the praises of the Most High. Will we not heartily respond to the call?
— taken from the book Spurgeon on Praise