[Column] Praise with New Songs

Praise with New Songs

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

The conclusion of the book of Psalms is revealed in the last verse: “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalms 150:6). This illustrates that praise and worship is man’s obligation. Also, praise arouses in us renewed courage and hope.

There was an old man in his 60’s. He had to close down the business he maintained for life. So traumatic was this experience that he was admitted into a psychiatric unit. One day, he thoughtlessly sat on the hospital bench and a tube aught his ear: “Thou shalt not weary. Abide under the wings of the Lord. He shall keep you” (Korean hymnal page 432). It was sung by a female patient. As he listened, he thought to himself, “ Why should I be weary? Lord keeps me.” Overwhelmed with courage, he left the hospital and opened a small mobile food stand. He experimented with his own recipes as he fried inexpensive chicken. Gradually, people gathered from all over the places to taste the chicken. He opened more branches and expanded his business internationally.  He is a founder of KFC, colonel Harland sanders.

Praise is every Christian’s rightful duty. The Bible tells us to sing to the Lord “a new song.” “Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints” (Psalms 149:1). “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD”(Psalms 40:3). This is to say that we must praise with renewed hearts and minds. Because we praised yesterday does not mean that we can praise today. Today at this moment we have to make a conscious decision of praise. We must praise with a renewed heart of thanksgiving and inspiration.

At first, praising can be an awkward exercise. In my case, I repeat the song “Hallelujah” or sing another contemporary praise song. Also I listen to praise CDs. Then I enter into praise mode and gladly sing praises to God. A perfect praise can be offered only with a new heart. A new heart is God’s gift. Therefore we must seek God’s help in offering praise with a new heart.

Richard Baxter tells us to give undivided attention to praise, the angelic ministry. When we leave this word, we will forever be with the Lord. Then our most important task will be to praise and worship God. We must begin fulfilling our most important task here on earth. Lack of praise in our prayers means lack of understanding of God’s attributes and character. Remember. You will praise him as much as you know God. Also remember. God calls man and makes him a worshiper first. Afterward, He makes him a worker. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.

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