We are told to praise and thank the Lord many times in scripture, especially in Psalms. Most of the time we are told to sing praises, but there are also scriptures that say to clap, shout, lift your hands, dance and play musical instruments, and proclaim what He as done.
1. Sing praises to the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. Psalm 9:11
2. Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalm 150
3. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this--those he redeemed from the hand of the foe. Psalm 107:1-2
4. Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assemble of the saints. Psalm 149:1
5. Lift up your hands to the sanctuary And bless the Lord. Psalm 134:2
6. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre. Psalm 147:7
7. I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalms 34:1
8. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. Psalm 47:6
9. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their KIng. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. Psalm 149:2-3
10. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! Psalm 32:11
11. Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. Psalm 33:1-3
12. Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of Joy. Psalm 47:1
13. I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you. Psalm 144:9
We enter God’s presence with praise.
14. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4
15. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3
At the dedication of Solomon’s temple, when the Ark was brought in, there was so much praise that the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
16. All the Levites who were musicians--Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives--stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God. II Chronicles 5:12-14
The king of Israel, the king of Judah and the king of Edom ran out of water as they were going to fight the king of Moab. So they asked Elisha for a word from the Lord. Elisha asked for some music.
17. But now bring me a harpist. While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha and he said, “This is what the Lord says: Make this valley full of ditches.” II Kings 3:15-16
Praise is used as a weapon of warfare.
18. Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him. I Samuel 16:23
19. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10b
20. May the praise of God be in their (the saints’) mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them. This is the glory of all his saints. Praise the Lord. Psalm 149:6-9
21. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:2
22. I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you. Psalm 9:1-3
Regardless of the circumstances, we are to rejoice and praise the Lord. Then God will bless us and bring the victory.
23. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18
24. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19-20
25. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him. Psalm 67:5-7
Prayer: Father, teach us how to praise You. Help us understand how important it is to praise you, no matter what the circumstances. We bless your name, Lord. We thank You and praise You for all Your mighty works. In Jesus' name. Amen.