4.1 Introduction and Exhortation

Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry

Introduction and Exhortation to Stir Yourself Up to Praise God

Of the Fourth Part of Prayer, which is Thanksgivings for the Mercies we have Received from God and the Many Favors of His we are Interested in and Have and Hope for Benefit by

Our errand at the throne of grace is not only to seek the favor of God, but to ascribe to him the glory due his name, Psalm 29:2(ESV) and that, not only by an awful adoration of his infinite perfections, but by a grateful acknowledgment of his goodness to us, which cannot indeed add anything to his glory, but he is pleased to accept of it and to reckon himself glorified by it, if it comes from a heart that is humbly sensible of its own unworthiness to receive any favor from God, that values the gifts and loves the Giver of them.

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We must stir up ourselves to praise God with the consideration both of the reason and of the encouragement we have to praise him.

We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks to you, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds. Psalm 75:1(ESV)

Let our souls bless the LORD, and let all that is within us bless his holy name; yes, let our souls bless the LORD and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:1-2(ESV)

We will praise the Lord, for it is good, it is pleasant, Psalm 92:1(ESV) and praise befits the upright; Psalm 33:1(ESV) yes, it is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning and your faithfulness by night. Psalm 92:1-2(ESV)

We will extol you, our God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day we will bless you and praise your name forever and ever; Psalm 145:1-2(ESV) we will pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and sing aloud of your righteousness. Psalm 145:7(ESV)

We will sing to the LORD a new song and his praise in the assembly of the godly. Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. Psalm 149:1-2(ESV) Let the godly exult in glory, and let the high praises of God be in their hearts and in their throats. Psalm 149:5-6(ESV)

We will bless the LORD as long as we live; we will sing praises to our God while we have our being; Psalm 146:2(ESV) and when we have no being on earth, we hope to have a being in heaven, to be doing it better.

We are here through Jesus Christ to offer up a sacrifice of praise to you, which we desire to do continually, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge your name. Hebrews 13:15(ESV) And you have said that he who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies you, Psalm 50:23(ESV) and that this will please the LORD more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. Psalm 69:31(ESV)

We will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love. Isaiah 63:7(ESV)