The Freedom to Praise – Week 2: Purpose in Our Praise

The Purpose of Our Praise…

Praise is such a beautiful act. On the surface, it connotes cheer and jubilation. Digging deeper into the spiritual, one can see that it goes even further. In fact, when applying holy principles to the act of praise, man can grasp what worship of the LORD truly entails and understand the authentic purpose of our praise.

This Week’s Challenge: Read at least 10 Bible translations of Hebrews 13:15, Isaiah 25:1, Psalm 28:7, 63:3-4, and 139:13-14. Dissect the verses, and do some background research. Share what you learn. At the end of the experience, come back to The Phone Tree Bible Study Group to review the treasures that we uncovered. (Deeper Reflection questions will be posted later. First, uncover and discover the riches during your own Bible study experience.)

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The Freedom to Praise will be a 4-week bible study dedicated to understanding the origin, purpose, demonstrations, and liberties associated with praise. 

* Every weekday, a praise acknowledgment will be posted to serve as inspiration and encouragement for you. 

* Every Sunday will feature a Bible study lesson that will help you better understand the origin, purpose, demonstrations, and liberties associated with praise.

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What a privilege it is to engage in praise!

The Freedom to Praise – Week 1: An Origin Story

An Origin Story: In the beginning…

From creation to the present day, man has always been instructed or rather encouraged to lift up praise to the Most High God. In the Garden of Eden, man was afforded an opportunity to acknowledge God as Creator and to view Him as Provider. Man was witness to God as the Authority figure who gave instructions on what was to be and what was not to be. Praise came via the acknowledgment, recognition, and acceptance of God as LORD.

In acknowledging God, man could appreciate the truth of His existence. In recognizing God, man could understand His supremacy above all else. No one was above Yahweh. None other could take credit for what had come into being because of Him. Life and everything that was existed because of the LORD God. In accepting God, man could realize the purest knowledge and grasp the beginning of what is wise understanding.

In revisiting the creation story and studying the activities of man, as it relates to God, we can begin to see the importance of what it means to praise God through acknowledgement of Him as Divine Creator and as LORD God Almighty. Further, we can appreciate how recognizing God’s reign and rule serves as a foundation for our praise. We can also see how intelligent cognition is directly linked viewing God as He shows Himself to be.

Another foundational praise concept that we can see in the story of creation comes by way of obedience. God, who has Dominion over everything, gave charge to His creation [Adam] to perform the grand task of naming the living creatures. Adam fulfilled his purposed role, and in doing so showed submission to the One who had created Him. He humbled himself and surrendered to the request of God. Adam revered God and was devoted to complying to His will.

Where Praise Began in Our Origin Story:

– Acknowledgment of God

– Recognition of God

– Acceptance of God

– Obedience to God

– Surrender to God

– Reverence of God

– Devotion to God

– Expressed appreciation before God (verbal/nonverbal)

Questions to Move You to Deeper Reflection:

1) What is the definition of praise? (Distinguish between a general definition of praise and praise as translated in the Hebrew or Greek.)

2) What is the first thing you do to show your acknowledgment, recognition, and/or acceptance of God each day?

3) How can a disciple of Christ show His obedience to God?

4) How did Jesus surrender to God?

5) In what ways can mankind show reverence to God, in our present age?

6) What does devotion to God look like in our lives?

7) If you never said a word, how would your life express appreciation to God?

This Week’s Challenge: Read Genesis 1-2. View the chapters through a filter that allows you to see where acknowledgment and recognition of God takes place, where God demonstrates His authority, and where man humbled himself before the LORD.

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The Freedom to Praise will be a 4-week bible study dedicated to understanding the origin, purpose, demonstrations, and liberties associated with praise.

* Every weekday, a praise acknowledgment will be posted to serve as inspiration and encouragement for you.

* Every Sunday will feature a Bible study lesson that will help you better understand the origin, purpose, demonstrations, and liberties associated with praise.

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What a privilege it is to engage in praise!

The Freedom to PRAISE

The Freedom to PRAISE Kickoff begins in August 2021.

Every weekday, a praise acknowledgment will be posted to serve as inspiration and encouragement for you.

Every Sunday will feature a Bible study lesson that will help you better understand the origin, purpose, demonstrations, and liberties associated with praise.

MAKE PLANS TO JOIN THE PHONE TREE BIBLE STUDY GROUP AS WE CELEBRATE THE LORD THROUGH PRAISE.

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