THE PRAISE THAT GOD INHABITS

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The word TEHILLAH is derived from ‘halal’ and is generally accepted as ‘involving singing’ or ‘to laud’. It is also perceived as involving music. It is commonly known and referred to as the praise that God inhabits because of our understanding of Psalm 22:3.

But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.

ATTRACTING GOD’S PRESENCE

We should not interpret this as a particular type of praise that attracts God’s presence, as it would be wrong to think that there is a formula to get God in our midst. However the Amplified Bible translation gives better insight into the meaning of this scripture by stating that God was enthroned in the secret shrine of the Holy of Holies receiving praises from Israel. Both translations bring the subject of holiness out clearly. It was a holy God who inhabited the Holy place in the Old Testament (Holy of Holies) as Israel (God’s people) gave songs of praise accompanied with music. The connection is made between God’s presence and an environment of holiness. We can conclude that God is attracted to holy living and He demands it (1 Peter 1:15-16). He has come to live in us, and we are now the temples; the holy place of His presence (1 Corinthians 6:19). It’s not unreasonable to suggest that God feels most comfortable living in our ‘temples of flesh’ when we live a life of holiness. Holy living is not living without sin, but to quickly repent before God when you do, and sincerely asking Him to help you overcome your weaknesses. God is not looking for perfect people, only repentant ones who genuinely desire to turn away from sin.

MAKING GOD FEEL COMFORTABLE

A further meaning of the Hebrew word ‘abide’ is to sit down or dwell, remain, settle as in a marriage partner. Putting these thoughts together regarding the meaning of the Hebrew word TEHILLAH, we can conclude that God wants to feel at home and comfortable as a marriage partner would. A holy lifestyle will provide this environment for God to feel at home. Conversely, it is not difficult to understand that unholy living will cause God to feel uncomfortable. The word also means to judge. God also wants us to allow Him to judge everything we are and do, according to His standard of justice, which is Holiness. We must not forget it is God (the Holy Spirit) who has come to dwell in us. His very name is Holy. We have the inconceivable privilege of housing a Holy God in these temples of flesh who is ever present to help us to live holy lives. The way we live is important to God. The Holy Spirit will reveal Himself to us in a more powerful way when we live holy lifestyles. The following scripture references connect TEHILLAH with holiness: (Exodus 15:11, Deuteronomy 26:19, 1 Chronicles 16:35, Psalm 145:21, Psalm 106:47 and Habakkuk 3:3). TEHILLAH praise is more of a lifestyle of living than a style of praise. Some refer to it as high praise and refer to a style, but it has nothing to do with style of singing. It has everything to do with a style of living a holy life.

Our mouths should continually be filled with TEHILLAH praise.

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1).

God should never be far from our conscious mind at any time, or from our praise-filled mouths. What is in our mouth continually comes from that which is in our heart. If we are conscious of God all day long, our mouth will praise continually from pure hearts (Matthew 15:18). A lifestyle of praise flows from a lifestyle of thoughts about God. God is not a ‘Sunday God’. He is ever present at all times in all situations and worthy of praise continually

About Tom Inglis

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...]