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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord

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Praising God isn’t for His benefit–it is for ours. This week’s lessons focus on the blessings available to us when we praise, worship, and give thanks to the Lord.

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Scripture

Psalm 150:6

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

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Hymn

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty | Hymn #72

1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
Join the great throng,
Psaltery, organ and song,
Sounding in glad adoration!

2. Praise to the Lord! Over all things he gloriously reigneth.
Borne as on eagle wings, safely his Saints he sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen
How all thou needest hath been
Granted in what he ordaineth?

3. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy way and defend thee.
Surely his goodness and mercy shall ever attend thee.
Ponder anew
What the Almighty can do,
Who with his love doth befriend thee.

4. Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath breath, join with Abraham’s seed to adore him!
Let the “amen”
Sum all our praises again,
Now as we worship before him.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Consider and discuss: Does anyone in the family take music lessons? Or play a sport? Does anyone paint? Exercise? Draw? Sing? Is anyone good at writing or math or science? Does anyone excel at learning languages? What are the talents your family has been blessed with?

Ask: How does using these talents glorify God? How does it point people to Him?

Read: Psalm 150:3-6

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Video: “The highest quality materials are used, the most skilled workers employed, and meticulous attention given to detail as an ultimate expression of worship.” Watch from the beginning to 1:52.

Ask: How do the best materials and best craftsmanship used on the temple show worship and glory to God?

How can we build ourselves like building a temple? How can we use ourselves and our talents to glorify God, but not do it to glorify ourselves?

Testify: We can praise God in everything we do. When we strive to do our very best, it is a form of praise. This psalm says we can praise God with musical instruments. When we are practicing our own voice or instruments, it is to His glory. When we run and exercise, let it be to His glory. When we study either in the scriptures or secular learning, let it be to His glory. Let us praise God in everything we do. It will elevate our thoughts, bring us more joy, and make us become the higher, holier version of ourselves.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: The Book of Psalms in Hebrew is called “sefer tehillim—the ‘Book of Praises.’”

Ask: In D&C 59:21, we read, “And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments.”
God commands us to be thankful. Why?

Why do you think there is a whole book of the Bible dedicated to giving praises to God?

Does God need our praise?

Does it make Him feel better? Does it meet His need for praise? Is it for His benefit?

If it is not to benefit God, then praising, worshiping, and thanking Him must be to our benefit (in fact, every commandment is for our benefit. God doesn’t give commandments to bless Himself–He gives commandments to bless us).

Quote: One young lady was troubled by God’s command that we glorify and praise Him when Satan was cast out because he wanted all of the glory. Instead of staying troubled by it, she acted in faith and sought to more earnestly praise the Lord and glorify Him. As she more faithfully kept this commandment, she learned how it benefited her to do as the Lord asked.

“Yet, as I continued my prayers, I discovered a new truth—that such heartfelt devotions to the Most High are actually for our own good. He has no need for our honors, but our sincere gratitude and devotions to him help us in important ways as we strive for perfection in our own lives.

“I learned that we tend to emulate those whom we admire. If we take time daily to ponder God’s greatness, we are more likely to strive to be like him, more likely to repent and become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4).”

Read Aloud: In a projecting voice and with conviction, read Psalm 150 out loud. Pay special attention to how you feel as you speak these words of praise.

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Testify: Rejoicing in the Lord brings the Spirit and that brings joy. Whether we are feeling sad, anxious, unappreciated, or lonely, we can rejoice in the Lord for His blessings to us are always greater than our trials. Invite any family members who are willing to bear their testimonies in open praise and worship of the Lord and His mercy.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read: Psalm 119:1-3

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

Consider or Journal: Each of these verses discusses moving forward in Christ. Sometimes it can be terrifying to move forward because we are, as verse five says, wishing we were directed exactly where to go.

How can you move forward in faith, not knowing exactly where to go? How do you step into the dark, and faithfully progress when the path forward is not made clear?

Quote: President Boyd K. Packer shared this insight on how to proceed when you can’t see the path forward.

“Shortly after I was called as a General Authority, I went to Elder Harold B. Lee for counsel. He listened very carefully to my problem and suggested that I see President David O. McKay. President McKay counseled me as to the direction I should go. I was very willing to be obedient but saw no way possible for me to do as he counseled me to do.

“I returned to Elder Lee and told him that I saw no way to move in the direction I was counseled to go. He said, ‘The trouble with you is you want to see the end from the beginning.’ I replied that I would like to see at least a step or two ahead. Then came the lesson of a lifetime: ‘You must learn to walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness; then the light will appear and show the way before you.’ Then he quoted these 18 words from the Book of Mormon:

“‘Dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith’” (Ether 12:6).

Commit: Decide today that you will move forward in an area of your life that needs progress. Even if your first step is tentative or small, moving forward is always better than staying still.

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Activity

According to the Come, Follow Me Manual, “in the original Hebrew, the first eight verses in Psalm 119 begin with the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet. The next eight verses begin with the next letter, and so on through the end of the alphabet.”

As a family, try to think of at least one thing you’re truly thankful for (not just any random word that starts with that letter) for every letter of the alphabet. Use this free printable to keep them organized.

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Rebecca Wright
Rebecca Wright
Becca loves audiobooks, dark chocolate, singing, hiking, walking,  going out with her husband, and raising their chickens and children. She still wants to meet her hero Sheri Dew, see flowing lava and a blue whale in person, and uplift others with her words.

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