Beyond the Weekend

June 2 | Praise

June 2, 2021


Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God. Acts 2:46-47a

Read: Acts 2:46–47
Acts 2


In his description of the early church, Luke points out new believers were constantly praising God. Their praise was a verbal expression of their sincere awe. They thoroughly understood God was behind the miracle of their salvation, and they couldn’t keep quiet about their joy.

We don’t express our joy because God is needy and must be told how great he is. We express how great he is to appreciate and experience our awe fully. The Apostle Paul describes praise as being “filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, [and] hymns, and [making] music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:18c-19). Praising God isn’t exclaiming mindless clichés—but is an outward expression of our inward experience.

God is worthy of our praise, and people throughout the Bible give God glory and honor. We can learn to focus upward from the Psalmist who says, “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever, every day I will praise you…Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom” (Psalm 145:1-3).


God is worthy of your daily praise. Listen to the Ada Worship Team sing the hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty and lift your heart in grateful praise for all he has done.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is Acts 19.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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