Praise Bands, Praise Teams, Praise Charts, Praise Ensembles, etc. – What’s the big deal with praise?
It’s mentioned a whopping 351 times in scripture (292 times in the OT and 59 in the NT). In essence, it’s this: praise is one of those activities that we can do right now, here on earth, and it continues forever into eternity in heaven. If you think about it, this is not the case for many other church and worship related activities; like preaching, teaching, praying, evangelism, etc. These other items are important to us now, but perhaps not so much in heaven. So praise is important to us, and not only to those practicing contemporary music with a praise band, it’s important for all of us.
Psalm 148 – My favorite “Praise Psalm”
Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.
He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and maidens, old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Praise the LORD.
One contemporary song that brings out this theme nicely is “O Praise Him” by David Crowder. Our band will be playing this during the offering on 2/14/2010 since Ps 148 is the Psalm of the day for that Sunday. You can hear it here:
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society