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March 11, 2017
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  • Make a connection.
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  • Make a connection at the foot of the cross.
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  • female: Hello, and welcome to "The Connection with Skip
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  • Heitzig," as we wrap up our series,
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  • "Playlist."
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  • Music reflects life's journey, and the moments we question God,
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  • struggle with pain, celebrate the deepest joys,
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  • and search for fulfillment and happiness.
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  • During this series, we have searched the Psalms,
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  • tapping into a number of songs that wrestle with and relish in
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  • the very nature of God and his relationship with mankind.
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  • Today, our study is a song of praise in Psalm 150.
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  • Are you praising the Lord?
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  • You should be, and we'd love to hear about it.
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  • Drop us an email at MyStory@CalvaryABQ.org and
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  • tell us your praise report.
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  • And if you'd like to support this ministry financially,
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  • at the end of the broadcast we'll tell you about a valuable
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  • resource available to you for your gift to this ministry.
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  • Right now, praise should fill our earthly lives as
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  • it will in heaven.
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  • Praising God is the goal of all creation,
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  • and we can praise him not only with our voice,
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  • but with our whole lives as well.
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  • Here's Pastor Skip as he concludes the message,
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  • "Hallelujah."
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  • male announcer: Pastor Skip Heitzig scrolls through the
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  • Psalms, exploring the very nature of God and his
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  • relationship with humankind in the series, "Playlist."
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  • Is your worship life dull and drab?
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  • Do you find yourself going through the motions
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  • but lacking the emotion?
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  • In this final Psalm, Pastor Skip explains how genuine
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  • praise generates a powerful life.
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  • Turn to Psalm 150.
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Does it ever just go,
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  • "O Lord, praise you?"
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  • And that's important because the Bible says in Proverbs,
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  • "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."
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  • So that's the first question, what do you think about?
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  • Here's the second question and this is gonna be a harder
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  • question to really answer honestly.
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  • It's a question of your motives. Why do you do what you do?
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  • Why do you say what you say? Why do you text what you text?
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  • Why do you post what you post?
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  • Are any of the motives of any of those things having to do with
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  • trying to impress people, or get people to like you,
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  • or is it more important to you to have God approve?
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  • That's a harder thing to answer, quite honestly.
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  • But it was Paul who said, "Thus we speak not as pleasing men but
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  • as pleasing God who tests our hearts."
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  • So, first a question of thoughts,
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  • second, a question of motives.
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  • Here's a third question of activities and it's of your
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  • service to the Lord.
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  • How are you presently serving the Lord?
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  • How do you serve him?
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  • Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters," he's gonna love
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  • one, and he's gonna hate the other.
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  • Joshua, to the people of Israel, said,
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  • "Choose you this day whom you will serve," because whatever
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  • it is you serve is what you praise.
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  • So that's then the first part of the framework,
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  • it's the who question.
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  • To whom is praise conveyed?
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  • Answer, to God alone, exclusively.
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  • Let's take the second part of this frame of the picture,
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  • the where question.
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  • Where does praise take place?
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  • Now, if I were just to ask you right now,
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  • randomly, hey, where should praise take place?
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  • I bet most of you'd say anywhere, anytime.
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  • Anywhere, anytime, by anyone, praise can happen,
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  • and you'd be right.
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  • The psalmist says all of that, however,
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  • he mentions two places in particular and I want you
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  • to notice them.
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  • In Psalm 1, "Praise God in his sanctuary," and then second,
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  • "Praise God in his mighty firmament."
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  • Now let me ask you the question, what do you think is the
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  • sanctuary he's referring to?
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  • Anyone at all? Temple, in Jerusalem.
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  • That would be his context.
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  • When he says praise God in the sanctuary,
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  • I'm sure he was thinking of the public feast,
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  • the daily sacrifices, the festivals of people gathering
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  • together in the sanctuary of God to worship him.
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  • Now, we know there's no temple today,
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  • and we know that we're the temple of the Holy Spirit,
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  • so we don't go to a specific place,
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  • but needless to say, when we gather together,
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  • corporately, in what we call the sanctuary, the direction of
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  • it, the tone of it, the purpose of it is for praise.
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  • Now, some of you know, probably most of you know that this
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  • wasn't built to be a church, this was built
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  • as a sports complex.
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  • This was--this building, this room you're sitting in was a
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  • soccer field when we bought it, it had Astroturf.
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  • Where there is badly stained and poorly chosen carpet,
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  • there used to be Astroturf.
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  • And we pulled it up, and we sold it,
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  • but it was a sports arena, it wasn't a church.
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  • But when we bought it, we dedicated it,
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  • and we said from now on it's a sanctuary.
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  • From now on, there'll be praises sung,
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  • and there'll be the Bible taught,
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  • and we will direct our thoughts toward the Lord in this place.
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  • But then notice what else he says.
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  • He says, "Praise him in his mighty firmament," literally in
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  • the expanse of the heavens.
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  • So, he's saying praise God on earth and praise God in heaven.
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  • That's sort of a way of saying everywhere.
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  • It's as if he's summoning all of the humans on earth and all of
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  • the angels in heaven to join corporately together in the
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  • singular anthem of praise.
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  • Now just for a moment, I wanna take your mind to the heavens.
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  • Would you not agree that in terms of the size of the crowd
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  • and the beauty of the location, heaven is gonna be the greatest
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  • praise event ever, right?
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  • When John, in Revelation, saw a little picture of it in
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  • Revelation 4 and 5, he said I saw four living creatures,
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  • and I saw twenty-four elders bow down,
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  • and then I looked out and I saw, gosh,
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  • as far as the eye can see.
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  • He said these words, "I looked again and I heard the singing of
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  • thousands of millions of angels around the throne,
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  • and the living beings, and the 24 elders."
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  • So he saw this huge, momentous gathering in the heavens,
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  • and listen to what they were doing.
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  • "And I heard every creature in heaven,
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  • and on earth, and under the earth,
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  • and on the sea, and all that is in them singing to him who sits
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  • on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise forever and ever."
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  • So the thought here of this Psalm is this,
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  • let God be praised on earth as well as in heaven.
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  • It's the same thought that Jesus had when he taught us to pray,
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  • and he said when you pray, say, "Our Father in heaven,
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  • hallowed be your name.
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  • Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth
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  • as it is in heaven."
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  • When you and I praise on earth, it's the one activity that is
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  • mirroring, matching, what is going on in heaven.
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  • His will is being done on earth as it is in heaven.
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  • So right now, right here, on this earth,
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  • in our lives, praise ought to fill our lives like praise fills
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  • the halls of heaven.
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  • I mean think about it, it's gonna be part of
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  • your eternal occupation.
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  • Don't you think you ought to get a little practice now?
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  • I've said it before and I've said it in this series,
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  • and I'll just say it again because we're gonna move on,
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  • but this is inappropriate when we gather to sing.
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  • I'm sorry, that doesn't work.
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  • You can sit in front of your computer and do that,
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  • but when you're here, in a place where God's people are gathered
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  • together, and there are songs to be sung and a Lord who is alive
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  • to be praised, we engage in worship.
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  • We sing those anthems of praise to him.
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  • There was a man who was visiting a church,
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  • and it was a little church in Connecticut,
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  • and it was more of a formal church,
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  • and a formal liturgy was given, and there was a part in the
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  • service called the Eucharistic Liturgy.
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  • And at that point, there were kneelers in the pews and people
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  • got on their knees and they sang hallelujah.
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  • And the word hallelujah was the words they were singing.
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  • And this visitor, this man, noticed one woman with her arms
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  • raised heavenward while she sang hallelujah.
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  • What caught his attention wasn't so much that she had her hands
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  • raised, it's that her hands were twisted,
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  • were gnarled, were diseased, crumpled up.
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  • Next to her were walking crutches,
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  • and he just looked at that picture of that woman like this
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  • with those hands raised, and he thought,
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  • "Dear Lord, why, how could a woman like that,
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  • with that kind of suffering, lifting up those
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  • arms sing hallelujah?"
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  • That's an important question, and that brings us to the third
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  • part of the frame, that's the why question.
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  • Why should praise occur? That question is also answered.
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  • Verse 2, "Praise him for his mighty acts.
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  • Praise him according to his excellent greatness."
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  • Two reasons were given.
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  • We praise God for what he does, and we praise God for who he is,
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  • no matter what he does, okay?
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  • We praise God for what he does, and we praise God for who he is,
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  • no matter what he does.
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  • We praise him for his mighty acts.
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  • Every service, when I ask people,
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  • I said, "So, can you think of one of the mighty acts of God?"
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  • The first answer that came out, that's why I didn't do it this
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  • time because now I can anticipate it,
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  • somebody said "Creation," which is a good answer.
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  • When we see creation, which is a mighty act,
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  • when we see the intricacies of God's creation,
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  • it should lead us to be amazed and to praise the Lord for the
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  • ingenuity of the Creator, the immensity of the Creator.
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  • The other night I was with my family,
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  • we were at a little restaurant, and we were eating outdoors.
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  • And it was in the evening, and the clouds were going by,
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  • and they were changing color.
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  • And my little grandson, Seth, kept pointing up,
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  • saying, "Papa, sunset."
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  • And just a little while later, the clouds would change into a
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  • pink hue, and he goes, "Papa, sunset."
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  • And then they'd get a little darker and more purple,
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  • "Papa, sunset."
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  • And he was so enthralled by the change of the color in the
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  • sunset, and it dawned on me, that's precisely how God
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  • intended creation--that's the kind of response God wants
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  • as we observe creation.
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  • We look at it and we go, "Well, that's beautiful,
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  • that's amazing, praise the Lord.
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  • I appreciate that art and that beauty."
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  • So the intricacies of creation help us to appreciate the
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  • ingenuity and the immensity of the Creator.
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  • That's what it says in the book of Psalms,
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  • we actually read Psalm 19.
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  • "The heavens declare the glory of God,
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  • the firmament shows his handiwork."
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  • So as we look upward, we should say,
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  • "Praise the Lord, that's a mighty act."
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  • And then, when we look inward at us, that's a mighty act.
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  • Here we are, God formed us.
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  • The Bible says, "We are fearfully and wonderfully made,"
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  • and I know we spend a lot of time looking at the mirror,
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  • and that's always a losing game.
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  • But if you were to look inside of your body,
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  • and I remember studying this years ago,
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  • but I'm always amazed at the human body.
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  • You have, in your body, about 30 trillion cells,
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  • that's what they tell us.
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  • The average human body has 30 trillion cells.
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  • Now some have many more than that, some have much
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  • less than that, but that's the average, 30 trillion.
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  • In a single cell of your body, you have what's called a DNA
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  • molecule, deoxyribonucleic acid.
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  • It's basically a blueprint, it's an instruction manual that tells
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  • that cell how to act every single moment from birth till
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  • death, it's a set of instructions.
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  • Now, if you were to take one human cell and translate that
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  • DNA material into text, into written book form,
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  • one cell would produce 4.000 volumes of literature.
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  • Essentially, one cell would fill this whole stage from bottom to
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  • top, all the way back, with books, one cell.
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  • If you were to translate all 30 trillion cells of your body into
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  • text, into written information, it would fill the Grand Canyon
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  • 40 times over to overflowing.
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  • Fearfully and wonderfully made.
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  • So when you look outward, you should say,
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  • "Praise the Lord."
  • 00:13:33.220 --> 00:13:35.010
  • When you look inward, "Praise the Lord," those
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  • are his mighty acts.
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  • Now the mightiest act of all, however,
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  • isn't creation, it's redemption.
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  • The mightiest act of all is God sending his Son from heaven to
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  • earth to pay for our sins.
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  • No wonder, in 2 Corinthians 9, the Apostle Paul,
  • 00:13:48.200 --> 00:13:52.000
  • thinking of that act, said, "Thanks be to God," or praise be
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  • to God, "For his undescribable gift."
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  • So many mighty acts, creation, redemption,
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  • preservation, provision, all of that.
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  • So we praise God for what he has done,
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  • but we also praise him for who he is.
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  • Now listen carefully, this is important because sometimes in
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  • your life, you can't readily think of what he does.
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  • Your life's all about the bad stuff.
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  • "I'm going through a trial and I feel overwhelmed by the
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  • situation and circumstances in my life.
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  • Bad things have happened and are happening," and
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  • so you're not, like, counting all your blessings of
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  • all the things he has done.
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  • At that moment, that's when you turn to the second reason to do
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  • it which supersedes all other reasons.
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  • You praise him just for who he is,
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  • just for who he is, his attributes.
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  • He's all-powerful, he's ever-present,
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  • he's all-knowing, he cares for me, that's who he is.
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  • We praise him according to his excellent greatness.
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  • Did you know the word praise comes from a Latin and later
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  • on a French word that means price, price?
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  • When you declare praise, you are declaring the value of God,
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  • irrespective of what you are experiencing.
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  • That's why that lady could raise those hands up in that church
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  • like this, because of who God is in her life.
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  • So we don't praise God for what we can get out of him,
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  • or we don't praise God 'cause when we do it
  • 00:15:36.070 --> 00:15:38.080
  • makes us feel really good.
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  • "Those songs made me feel good."
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  • Cool, there's a higher purpose, just for who he is.
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  • There's a berry, a little fruit in Africa,
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  • it's called the taste berry.
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  • That's what it's called, taste berry,
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  • and you know why it's called that?
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  • Because when you put it in your mouth,
  • 00:15:57.180 --> 00:15:59.060
  • it changes the taste of everything.
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  • Now listen to this, this is intriguing.
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  • When you eat a taste berry, it's sweet and pleasant.
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  • And if you eat something after you eat the taste berry,
  • 00:16:06.200 --> 00:16:10.070
  • for up to an hour I've been told, it still tastes good.
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  • So you could eat sour fruit after you've had a taste berry,
  • 00:16:14.240 --> 00:16:17.190
  • your taste buds are so altered by the taste berry that even the
  • 00:16:17.200 --> 00:16:21.060
  • sour fruit tastes pleasant and good, sweet.
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  • That would come in handy for some restaurants I've been to.
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  • I'd love to just eat a taste berry and, "This is awesome!"
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  • Listen carefully, praise is the taste berry
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  • of the Christian life.
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  • It's praise, when you make a declaration of praise,
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  • no matter how you feel or what you're going through,
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  • it takes the sorrow and even makes that pleasant to the
  • 00:16:49.260 --> 00:16:54.170
  • taste, much better than without it.
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  • So for who he is.
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  • So we have taken this picture and we have
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  • three sides of the frame.
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  • The who, that's God, where, everywhere,
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  • earth and heaven, why, because of what he does,
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  • because of who he is, and here's the fourth
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  • part completing the picture, how.
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  • How is praise to be expressed?
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  • Verse 3, "Praise him with the sound of the trumpet.
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  • Praise him with the lute and the harp.
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  • Praise him with the timbrel and the dance.
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  • Praise him with stringed instruments and flutes.
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  • Praise him with loud cymbals," my apologies that the Bible
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  • actually says the word loud.
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  • Some of you may be offended, but it says it so I'm
  • 00:17:32.180 --> 00:17:34.050
  • gonna read it, loud cymbals.
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  • "Praise him with clashing cymbals."
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  • Sorry, the word clashing is in there, it'll offend some of
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  • you but it's in the Bible so I'm gonna read it.
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  • "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord."
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  • So that answers the how question,
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  • how are we to praise the Lord?
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  • Two ways, with instruments man has made,
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  • and with breath that God has given.
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  • Three verses are devoted to eight
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  • instruments that are listed.
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  • And I'm not gonna go through all the instruments and say how they
  • 00:18:03.160 --> 00:18:05.000
  • were made and what they sounded like,
  • 00:18:05.010 --> 00:18:06.100
  • 'cause they're lost in antiquity, many of them,
  • 00:18:06.110 --> 00:18:11.010
  • but suffice it to say that music was always
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  • important to God's people in the proclamation of praise.
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  • In the Old Testament, we find Levitical choirs and instruments
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  • that David commissioned, and some that he made himself.
  • 00:18:24.000 --> 00:18:26.260
  • We have an interesting story, in the Old Testament,
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  • of a king sending worshipers out,
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  • musicians out, as the frontline of infantry in a battle.
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  • They would go first.
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  • I don't know if they wanted to get rid of their worship team
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  • or what it was, but they were out there giving glory
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  • and praise to God.
  • 00:18:42.040 --> 00:18:44.000
  • Then we come to the New Testament and we read
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  • about psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs that
  • 00:18:45.240 --> 00:18:50.250
  • make melody unto the Lord.
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  • So music is a part of our expression in praise to the
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  • Lord, it's part of the art that forms around praise.
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  • Most of you know that Martin Luther was not only a great
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  • reformer but an author.
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  • What some of you may not realize is that he was also a lover of
  • 00:19:10.140 --> 00:19:14.050
  • song, and he wrote songs, he wrote worship songs,
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  • he even played an instrument, I'm told.
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  • He wrote these words, I want you to hear 'em.
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  • "Next to theology," writes Martin Luther,
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  • "I give to music the highest place and honor.
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  • Music is the art of the prophets,
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  • the only art that can calm the agitations of the soul.
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  • It is one of the most magnificent and delightful
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  • presents that God has given to us."
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  • And then he says this, shows his cantankerous side.
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  • "If any man despises music, as all fanatics do,
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  • for him I have no liking."
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  • Don't mess with Martin.
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  • "For music is a gift, and the grace of God,
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  • not the invention of man, thus it drives out the devil and it
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  • makes people cheerful and one forgets all wrath,
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  • impurity, and other devices."
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  • There's power in song.
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  • There's power in music, and I think God intended that to be.
  • 00:20:07.240 --> 00:20:10.090
  • Have you ever heard a song on the radio that you haven't heard
  • 00:20:10.100 --> 00:20:12.290
  • for a long time, but when you hear it,
  • 00:20:13.000 --> 00:20:14.260
  • your mind goes back to when you first heard it and it's like you
  • 00:20:14.270 --> 00:20:18.120
  • can even enter into the emotions you first felt?
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:22.010
  • "Oh man, I remember when I first heard that song.
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  • I remember that night."
  • 00:20:24.200 --> 00:20:26.280
  • And sometimes it's a good memory.
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  • "Oh, that's our song, honey, that's the song we
  • 00:20:29.100 --> 00:20:31.050
  • heard when we dated."
  • 00:20:31.060 --> 00:20:33.090
  • Still, to this day, I can hear worship songs that were sung
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  • years ago that I remember, and it just brings back the emotion
  • 00:20:36.000 --> 00:20:40.130
  • of what I was going through, what I felt the Lord was leading
  • 00:20:40.140 --> 00:20:44.040
  • me through, so powerful.
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  • So, singing is such a part of who we are and how we
  • 00:20:47.230 --> 00:20:52.040
  • express our praise.
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  • There's a couple that left Moody Bible Institute and became
  • 00:20:55.120 --> 00:20:58.000
  • missionaries to the Southern Kohl Indian Tribe in Mexico.
  • 00:20:58.010 --> 00:21:01.090
  • They had to get to this remote area by mule and
  • 00:21:01.100 --> 00:21:05.000
  • by hand-carved canoe.
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  • And they got to this area to minister to the Kohl Indians,
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  • and they spent 25 years, the next 24 years of their life
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  • giving their lives to translate the New Testament
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  • into the Kohl language.
  • 00:21:15.260 --> 00:21:17.060
  • But what the missionaries said is that this was a people who
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  • did not know how to sing.
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  • They had no songs.
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  • So, when the missionaries where there,
  • 00:21:24.240 --> 00:21:27.230
  • they not only taught them the Scripture and the gospel,
  • 00:21:27.240 --> 00:21:30.280
  • but they taught 'em music.
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  • So much so that anyone who came to Christ learned songs,
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  • and the rest of the unconverted tribe referred to the Christians
  • 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:42.190
  • as the singers, not Christians, but those are the singers.
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  • Now today, there are over 12.000 believers in that tribe.
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  • It's a self-sustaining community,
  • 00:21:52.070 --> 00:21:53.220
  • but what an interesting thing, they're singers.
  • 00:21:53.230 --> 00:21:56.060
  • And the missionary, John Beekman, said, "The reason
  • 00:21:56.070 --> 00:21:59.200
  • they sing is because now they have a reason to sing."
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  • And every one of you has a good reason to sing,
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  • to lift your voice up, and so we sing and we praise with
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:12.110
  • instruments that God has given, or that man has made,
  • 00:22:12.120 --> 00:22:15.150
  • and then, finally, with breath that God has given.
  • 00:22:15.160 --> 00:22:18.050
  • Verse 6 sums it up, and we close, "Let everything that
  • 00:22:18.060 --> 00:22:21.160
  • has breath praise the Lord," praise the Lord.
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  • Can I sum it up by simply saying praise God by any and all means
  • 00:22:28.020 --> 00:22:33.220
  • possible, by every conceivable instrument,
  • 00:22:33.230 --> 00:22:37.070
  • by what you blow into, or play with strings,
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  • or bash together, or just--if you can't play anything and
  • 00:22:40.240 --> 00:22:46.010
  • all you can do is this, [breathing out] "I don't got
  • 00:22:46.020 --> 00:22:51.070
  • much, but I got a breath."
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  • Good, then use it for the right reason.
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  • Last week, we saw that you could use your breath for the wrong
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  • reason, like gossip and complaining, and foul language.
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  • The highest way to use your breath is praise.
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  • And did you know that's the goal of all creation?
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  • Did you know that?
  • 00:23:08.200 --> 00:23:10.050
  • The goal of all creation is this,
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  • "That at the name of Jesus Christ, every knee should bow,
  • 00:23:12.180 --> 00:23:15.130
  • every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord."
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  • I'm gonna close with this story, and I promise I
  • 00:23:20.100 --> 00:23:22.100
  • will close with this story.
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  • But this is so important I don't want you to miss this.
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  • Years ago, there was a little boy who lived
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  • out in the country.
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  • And he had never in his life been to a circus.
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  • He'd always wanted to, he'd heard about
  • 00:23:36.250 --> 00:23:38.170
  • what a circus is like.
  • 00:23:38.180 --> 00:23:40.200
  • He heard that a circus was coming to town and he said,
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  • "Daddy, please, can I go to the circus on Saturday,
  • 00:23:44.170 --> 00:23:47.150
  • I've always wanted to go."
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  • And the father agreed and said, "If you finish all your chores
  • 00:23:48.260 --> 00:23:51.060
  • by Saturday morning, then Saturday afterwards you can go
  • 00:23:51.070 --> 00:23:53.250
  • down and go to the circus."
  • 00:23:53.260 --> 00:23:56.170
  • So it happened, he finished all his chores,
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  • and Saturday after his chores were done,
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  • his father gave him a dollar to pay the fare to get into the
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  • circus, so you know how long ago this was and where this was.
  • 00:24:04.190 --> 00:24:07.120
  • Today, popcorn is like 30 bucks.
  • 00:24:07.130 --> 00:24:10.090
  • You know, if you go to the fair, you know you'll
  • 00:24:10.100 --> 00:24:12.000
  • pay $100 for a corn or something.
  • 00:24:12.010 --> 00:24:14.280
  • So anyway, it was a dollar to get into the circus back then.
  • 00:24:14.290 --> 00:24:17.080
  • So he takes the dollar and he runs toward the town,
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  • and he sees, out in the streets, people gathering together.
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  • And he looks through the crowd and sees on the street a parade.
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  • And there's caged animals that are on trailers going by,
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  • and there's a marching band that goes by,
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  • and then another marching band that goes by,
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  • and then another marching band that goes by,
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  • and then finally at the end of the parade was a clown kind of
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  • dancing and doing tricks.
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  • The boy was just so excited, he walked down to the clown,
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  • since that was the last event in the parade,
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  • and gave the clown the dollar bill,
  • 00:24:47.190 --> 00:24:51.010
  • turned around, and he went back home.
  • 00:24:51.020 --> 00:24:53.100
  • He had never been to a circus before and he thought that was
  • 00:24:53.110 --> 00:24:55.140
  • it, when all that was was a parade leading to a circus tent
  • 00:24:55.150 --> 00:24:59.000
  • where the circus would take place.
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  • But he paid his dollar, and he went home,
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  • and he missed the circus.
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  • I can't help but think that there's many people that come to
  • 00:25:08.270 --> 00:25:12.020
  • church exactly like that little boy.
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  • They come for the parade, there's the parade of worship
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  • songs, and prayers, and instruction,
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  • and a final song, and they go home missing the main event
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  • which is an actual encounter with the living God.
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  • Everything else is just a parade.
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  • The main event is where my heart connects with his heart in
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  • meaningful praise in a congregation of people.
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  • That's the main event, and people miss it every week.
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  • Praise will transform you. It will change you.
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  • It is a declaration based not only on what he
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  • does but who he is.
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  • And so I ask you, who is he to you?
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  • Is he Lord, he is Savior, is he central to your life,
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  • or is he just peripheral and you're okay
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  • with just the parade?
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  • female announcer: That's all the time we have for today,
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  • announcer: Do you want to study the Bible but aren't quite
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  • sure where to begin?
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  • In this book, "How to Study the Bible and Enjoy It," Skip
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  • Heitzig takes the mystery out of studying the Scriptures and
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  • shows you how to open your eyes, mind,
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  • and heart to God's truth.
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  • With a little help, you'll understand God's Word and
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  • enjoy studying it, too.
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