God is deeply possessive of worship, jealous, zealous, passionate for His praise, but do you know why? Because worship the primary way God connects with you. If God was willing to have His own Son sacrificed in order to build a bridge across sin to get to you, why would His passion for connecting with you be any less fierce?
Of the seven Hebrew words for “praise“ used in the Bible, tehillah is the only one the Lord ever refers to with absolute possession. Yes, He loves all forms of worship, and has designed different types of worship to connect with you on different levels, and even for different reasons, but at all times tehillah is His. The Lord IS tehillah, according to Deuteronomy 10:21, but what does that mean?
Tehillah praise is the type of worship that is spontaneously sung to God in moments of gratitude, written from your spirit, unique in that moment, and based on what God has done specifically for you.
Tehillah praise is the type of worship that is spontaneously sung to God in moments of gratitude, written from your spirit, unique in that moment, and based on what God has done specifically for you. God IS tehillah because His miracles for you are what you’re singing about. God doesn’t bring peace, He IS Peace. He doesn’t send healing, He IS Healing. God IS Love. God IS a rock, a strong tower, the One we can call to and He will bend down and listen.
Psalm 22:3 says that God dwells within tehillah. He lives there. Tehillah is His tabernacle (Read the full story here!), one that you build for Him with the praise you sing, unique and unrehearsed, bursting out of a heart overflowing with gratitude. In Psalm 34:1 David said that tehillah would “continually” be in his mouth. In Psalm 40:3 David said that when tehillah praise is sung, “many will hear it and put their trust in the Lord.”
Thought for today
You were created to praise Him, but more specifically Isaiah 43:8 says, “This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise (tehillah).” That’s YOU! God desires to connect with you and the location of that connection is worship. Gratitude is the point of origin for all worship, so begin to stir up your memories of what He has done, specifically for you and then open your mouth and sing about it to Him! He dwells in that kind of praise, and in His presence is everything you need to obtain victory in all areas of life, and then write another new song!