A catalyst is something that causes a reaction to take place between two or more chemical substances that would not necessarily react if the catalyst was not present. The significance of a catalyst is that it needs to be present for the reaction to take place. God’s word is the catalyst that causes us to praise. When we read and meditate on God’s word, it causes a reaction called praise. It is impossible to be silent when we know the character of God revealed in His mighty Word. Praise is the release of your personal revelation of the greatness of God, as you have discovered Him in His Word.


The following scriptures confirm this and I encourage you to meditate on them.

1. It is the light of God’s word that guides the Psalmist to the tabernacle to praise Him.

Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill. And to Your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You. O God my God” (Psalm 43:3-4)

2. Praise comes as a response to knowledge and faith in God’s Word. When you know God’s word, faith will rise up in you and you will praise.

In God (I will praise His word); in the LORD (I will praise His word) (Psalm 56:10)

 I will praise You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments” (Psalm 119:7)

 3. The response to revelation of God’s word is likened to the reaction one would have if they suddenly discovered hidden treasure. The reaction is joy. This infers that joy is also a barometer of what we have discovered in God’s word, about who He is.

I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches” (Psalm 119:14)

4. The Psalmist said that God’s word was his song. The source of all Christian singing must be God’s word. If the lyrics don’t support Biblical truth, the songs are not praise.

Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage”(Psalm 119:54)

5. The Psalmist said he praised seven times a day because of God’s word. We could safely conclude that he was reading or meditating on God’s word seven times a day, resulting in praise. He had developed a lifestyle of praise!

Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous judgments” (Psalm 119:164).

Those in music ministry should remember that it is impossible to lead praise if the word content of your heart is shallow. Develop a disciplined life of reading and meditating on God’s word, even if for a few minutes every day. It is the overflow of God’s word inside you that translates into praise that is from the heart. We cannot lead people in praise unless we have received a revelation of Him in ourselves. This is not possible unless we have been spending time in God’s word.

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Tom is recognised by many as an apostle of worship who carries a prophetic word that is fresh and relevant for the church today. He has travelled into many nations teaching the message of ‘worship as a lifestyle’ and is considered by many as a pioneer in this area. [Read More...]