Offering Up The Worshipper’s Praise
“Your GOD is present among you a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs”. Zephaniah 3:17 (The Message Bible)
Although we all; who have breath in our bodies; are required to praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6); there is a type of praise that when offered, permits the presence of the Lord to enthrone us…. A type of praise that can only be released from a submitted vessel. Psalm 22 references this type of praise.
The Hebrew word “Tehillah” is one of the seven expressions for the word praise. This type of praise is what we commonly refer to as singing in the Spirit. The Tehillah praise is what I refer to as a “Worshipper’s Praise”. It’s typically referred to as spontaneous singing from your spirit. Psalm 22:3 states, “Yet Thou art holy, O Thou who art enthroned upon the praises (tehillah) of Israel” (NIV). The King James Version states: “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel”.
It is the Tehillah type of praise which can only be uttered when one is in a state of total: submission, humility and reverence to the Lord. This type of praise, will usher in the inhabitation of the Lord’s presence. It is this type of praise that will grant us the privilege of and the ability to, receive a personal audience with the Lord of Lord and the King of Kings. Is it this type of praise that Zephaniah references. It is this type of praise that would be considered “inner court” praise…. And it is this type of praise that will permit us to have a disciplined ear; an ear which will have the ability to hear the Lord’s song in our spirits and offer it back to Him.
Learn to sing in the Spirit. Learn to enter into this type of praise on a regular basis. The ability to remain focused in the face of adversity is related to the amount of discipline that we are able to achieve. Discipline is a precursor to one’s ability to offer a reverential praise unto the Lord. It is this type of praise that will result in our ability to maintain a level of peace and calmness in the midst of every storm. Let your ultimate goal be to offer unto the Lord a type of reverential praise that will demand His attention!
Therefore, when I have learned how to offer a Tehillah praise; I will have also gained the ability to not only impact my daily walk – but will be equipped with the endurance, and composure to walk above every circumstance in this life…. And to immediately recognize and bring to naught every diabolical plot, plan and scheme….. PROactively!
It is only when I have ASCENDED in praise that I can now DESCEND in power, purpose and perseverance.
I shall confess you, Lord Jehovah, from my whole heart; in front of Kings I shall sing praise to you! (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)