Reaching His Presence with Praise

Come to worship him with thankful hearts and songs of praise.

Psalms 95:2

If we seek the favor of someone and come before that person with a demand, would he be willing to help us? Probably she would not do it and would rather feel annoyed and offended. On the other hand, if we use pleasant words that sound like praise, the possibilities of achieving the favor we seek increase considerably. With God it happens in the same way. If we come before His presence with a list of demands, He would see it with less pleasure than if we were praised.

Highlighting the attributes of God through praise is the best way to come before His presence. In Psalms 95:2 we read the following: Come to worship him with thankful hearts and songs of praise. God is waiting for us to approach Him praising Him and not as we often do, with a long list of requests. Search the Scriptures to learn to praise God in His way.

It is not in the way that seems best to us, but as God Himself has established it. The best of all is that God Himself was responsible for giving us the correct instructions embodied in a beautiful written document that we know as the Bible. Only in it, we will find the correct revelation that will lead us to accept God’s deepest longing to praise Him. God’s response, when we do things in His way, will always bring us the blessing.

The second thing that Psalm 95:2 says is: and songs of praise. Undoubtedly, music can be used in praise of God. Christians have often heard the words praise and worship and regularly associate them with music and songs. In general, many Christians associate praise with lively and joyful songs, while praising those slower songs as worship The biblical reality is quite another and if we want to know in depth about praise, we should go to the Bible.

In reality, the style of music does not label what is praise or what is known as worship. If we analyzed the songs that we hear every Sunday in most Christian churches according to the biblical parameters of praise and worship, perhaps many of them would be disqualified and would not go beyond being beautiful songs that impress the human soul; but they do not minister to God. The praise that pleases God focuses on His person, not on the human being.

Our intention with these messages is to bring light to the church about the praise that God is expecting from His people. To know that desire of God, the correct guidance will be found in His Word and in the revelation of it that gives us His Holy Spirit. And the best source for learning about praise is the book of Psalms. The Hebrew name for the book of Psalms is simply the equivalent of the word praises. It has a more appropriate meaning than Psalms, which comes from the Greek and has to do with songs accompanied by a string instrument.

Let’s show God that we seek Him because we love Him, not because of His blessings. Let’s come to His presence with genuine praise. God bless you.

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