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Lesson 9: May 26-June 1

‘Praise God’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.’  Psalm 34:1.

LESSON AIM: To examine what it means to praise God and to show that it is our duty to praise God, and show appreciation to our Father for His blessings each day.

 

Introduction

 

‘To praise God in fulness and sincerity of heart is as much a duty as is prayer. We are to show to the world and to all the heavenly intelligences that we appreciate the wonderful love of God for fallen humanity and that we are expecting larger and yet larger blessings from His infinite fullness. Far more than we do, we need to speak of the precious chapters in our experience’ Christ’s Object Lessons, page 299.

‘These exercises drive back the power of Satan. They expel the spirit of murmuring and complaint, and the tempter loses ground. They cultivate those attributes of character which will fit the dwellers on earth for the heavenly mansions. Such a testimony will have an influence upon others. No more effective means can be employed for winning souls to Christ.’ Christ’s Object Lessons, page 300.

 

‘Our Father which art in heaven’

 

1. When we offer our praise and appreciation towards heaven, to whom should we focus our gratitude? John 3:16. Consider Matthew 5:16.

NOTE: ‘Jesus, our divine Master, ever exalted the name of his Heavenly Father. He taught His disciples to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.” And they were not to forget to acknowledge, “Thine is the glory.” So careful was the great Healer to direct attention from Himself to the source of His power, that the wondering multitude, “when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see,” glorified not Him; “they glorified the God of Israel.’ Review & Herald, January 11, 1906.

 

2. What did David say our praise brought to God? Psalm 50:23; Psalm 86:12.

NOTE: ‘If we would but think of God as often as we have evidence of His care for us, we should keep Him ever in our thoughts and should delight to talk of Him and to praise Him. We talk of temporal things because we have an interest in them. We talk of our friends because we love them; our joys and our sorrows are bound up with them. Yet we have infinitely greater reason to love God than to love our earthly friends; it should be the most natural thing in the world to make Him first in all our thoughts, to talk of His goodness and tell of His power.  Our devotional exercises should not consist wholly in asking and receiving. Let us not be always thinking of our wants and never of the benefits we receive. We do not pray any too much, but we are too sparing of giving thanks. We are the constant recipients of God’s mercies, and yet how little gratitude we express, how little we praise Him for what He has done for us.’ A Call to Stand Apart, page 28.

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