The Power Of Perpetual Thanksgiving
Praise is the keynote of Philippians. Joy and rejoicing are its characteristic words. There was one man in the Philippian assembly who would be rubbing his hands with delighted appreciation as the epistle was being read for the first time. "That's right!" he would exclaim. "Amen! Hallelujah!" And who was he, this brother who was so thrilled over Paul's insistence on joy? Why the Philippian jailer, of course! He and his family had been won to Christ because Paul and Silas, after a thorough beating, had sung hymns of praise until the very earth shook with the sound (Acts 16).
1. THE EXPERIENCES CONNECTED WITH IT (Philippians 4:10-13)
The experience of being--
a. Made to wait (Philippians 4:10)
b. Made to want (Philippians 4:11-12)
c. Made to win (Philippians 4:13)
2. THE EXERCISES CONNECTED WITH IT (Philippians 4:14-19)
a. On Paul's part (Philippians 4:14-17)
(1) His happy memories (Philippians 4:14-16)
(2) His honest motives (Philippians 4:17)
b. On their part (Philippians 4:18)
c. On God's part (Philippians 4:19)
NOTE: David learned the power of praise. "I will bless the LORD at all times," he said; "his praise shall continually be in my mouth" (Ps 34:1). Those words were written just after his disastrous flight to Gath, where he had been recognized as the giant-killer and put in fear for his life. He had escaped by pretending to be mad. Yet out of it all he could think of a whole host of things for which to praise the Lord. He resolved that henceforth he would praise God in all circumstances and not allow circumstances to pressure him.