Djohan Handojo - The Power of Praise with Thanksgiving

Sunday, 12 March 2017, 1.30 PM | Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore

Summary of the Sermon by Senior Pastor Djohan Handojo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 12 March 2017.

 

THE POWER OF PRAISE WITH THANKSGIVING

 

In Psalms 103, God’s presence brings healing and breakthrough.  Why do we praise God? 

 

The Lord is the Creator of heaven and earth.  He created and He owns everything (Psalm 24:1).

 

Psalms 103:1-4, 11, 17

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

 

11For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.

17 But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,

 

It is important for us to receive a revelation of who God is.  Knowledge about God alone is insufficient.  We need to experience the reality of God personally - the Almighty God who places the sun, the moon and the stars.  His greatness is evident in His creations.  Revelation of God must be responded in our worship and exaltation to Him.  Every creature must praise the Lord and we will experience the holy presence of God.

 

Reasons to praise God:

 

1.        God sent His only Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, for our Salvation

Thank God specifically for our salvation every day.  Our salvation is priceless and as the redeemed of the Lord we should be grateful for our eternal life.  We are to proclaim the Good News of His precious salvation daily.  This a mandate, a call to worship God every day.  In Psalm 96:2, we are reminded to, “Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.”  Jesus, Lamb of God was slain to pay for our transgressions, there is no greater love than the love of Christ.

 

2.        Blessings in Christ

 

Then He brought them out with silver and gold,
And among His tribes there was not one who stumbled. (Psalms 105:37)

 

God is a loving Father who blesses our lives with healing and restoration.  After 430 years of slavery in Egypt, the Lord brought the Israelites out with the treasures of Egypt.  God has many ways to bless our life, like He did to the Israelites.  There is a purpose for God’s blessings on His people.  He wants to make us as channels of blessings and to fulfil His plans.

 

3.       Healing and Restoration

 

Then He brought them out with silver and gold,
And among His tribes there was not one who stumbled. (
Psalms 105:37)

 

The Israelites who came out of Egypt none were feeble!  All of them experienced God’s healing and restoration that they were able to go out of Egypt without anyone sick or dying.

 

God prospered the Israelites richly for them to build a tabernacle of prayer and worship.  We should not be lazy to worship God.  We should learn from King David who worshipped God wholeheartedly.  David’s model of worship; the tabernacle of David 24 hours of prayer praise and worship is the current pattern of our Prayer Tower today.

 

The Israelites experienced the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians and the people feared the Lord.  Moses and the Israelites sang a song dedicated to God (Exodus 15).

 

Psalms 150:2

Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.

 

Thanksgiving is like a vehicle to bring God’s Word into fulfilment.   We are to develop an attitude of gratitude and make a commitment to honour God.  The Bible tells us that in Psalm 100:4, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

 

There is no satisfaction and happiness outside of Jesus Christ.  Many famous, successful and rich people have committed suicide because they did not know the love of Christ.  We can be easily unhappy with our daily lives but when we give thanks to the Lord, we will maintain the power of His love in us.  Commit our life today to an attitude of praise with thanksgiving.