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The Praise Factor: Hindrances | A Sermon on Praise


Sermon on Praise

Welcome to our weekly recap of this past Sundays sermon! We hope this reflection from "The Praise Factor" series brings you encouragement and growth as you continue your week! In Pastor Marty’s sermon, titled "Hindrances," he explored the barriers that can prevent us from fully engaging in heartfelt praise and how we can overcome them.


Praise and Its Importance

First and foremost, it is important for us to remember the meaning of praise, specifically halal, the root of hallelujah, which means the vocal, audible, and visible adoration of God. Praise is the outward showing of an inward adoration, a way to express our love and reverence for God through our actions, words, and worship.


Will You Practice or Protest Praise?

The central question at hand is: Will you practice or protest praise? As believers, it is important to remember that the sacrifices of praise usher in the presence of the Almighty. It’s through genuine praise that we invite God’s presence into our lives and experience His power.


Two Hindrances to Praise


1. Pride

Pride often protests praise for two reasons:

  • Tradition: Sometimes, we hold onto traditions that stifle our ability to praise freely. We might feel restricted by the way things have always been done, fearing to break away from the norm.

  • Embarrassment: We might fear looking foolish or being judged by others. This embarrassment can prevent us from expressing our praise openly.

In 1 Chronicles 15:29, we see Michal, the daughter of Saul, despising King David in her heart as he danced and celebrated before the Lord. Her pride and concern for appearances hindered her from joining in the joyous praise of the almighty God.


2. Hidden Sin

Hidden sin is another significant barrier to genuine praise.

  • Psalm 66:18 says, "If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear." Unconfessed sin creates a barrier between us and God, stifling the sound of our praise.

  • 1 John 1:9 offers the solution: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Confession clears the way for us to praise freely, and in turn, praise prepares our hearts for confession.


Call to Action

Take time to examine your heart and identify any pride or hidden sin that might be hindering your own praise. Here are practical steps to help us overcome these barriers:

  • Invite Jesus to Shine His Light: Ask Jesus to reveal any areas in your life where pride or sin may be hindering your praise. Be open to His guidance and ready to confront these issues.

  • Identify Pride: Reflect on whether pride is standing in the way of your praise. Are you too concerned with tradition or embarrassment? Surrender these feelings to God and ask Him to help you praise freely.

  • Confess Hidden Sin: Take time to confess any hidden sins to God. Trust in His promise to forgive and cleanse you, preparing your heart for genuine praise.

  • Commit to a Surrendered Life: Make a commitment to live a life of praise, prayer, and thanksgiving. Let these practices become central to your daily walk with God, fostering a deeper connection with Him.

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