What Does ‘God Inhabits The Praises Of His People’ Means?

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The relevance of praying to the Lord is mentioned several times in both the New and Old Testaments of the Holy Bible. You might have heard the words “God inhabits the praise of His people.” This is said to inspire people to sing songs to God aloud praisingly.

The words are confusing sometimes for many people. What does it mean that the Lord “inhabits” His people’s praise, and how should it impact my relationship with Him and the way I approach to worship?

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What Does it Mean That God Inhabits the Praise of His People?

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The words “God inhabits the praise of His people,” originates from the King James Version of Psalm 22:3, which says, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” Other translations say, “Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises” (NIV) or “God, you are the Holy One. You sit as King upon the praises of Israel”.

The main Hebrews make use of the word ‘qadosh’ which means holy or sacred and the verb ‘yashab which means remain, sit or dwell. Yashab has been used in Genesis 4:20 where the Holy Bible spoke about a man called Jabal who was the father of those who lived in tents and had livestock. The word Praises originates from the Hebrew word Tehillah which means Songs of Praise or Praise.

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King David is said to have written Psalm 22. It is a cry of what happens in Christ’s crucifixion even though, it was written about 1,000 years before those events happened. Theologians do not indicate David himself experienced any of the events in the Psalms but they had so many similarities to Christ from His final words upon the cross and the piercing of His hands and feet to the enemies surrounding Him and the dividing of His clothing.

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How Can We Give Praise to God?

A couple of verses from the Bible have indicated the need to praise God, both in the Old and New Testaments. Praising God can be done with words through prayer, singing, writing, dance, painting or teaching His words. We can praise God anywhere we find ourselves. We simply have to open our hearts to what we are to do for the Lord and be serious about it.

This can mean heeding to His commands and knowing He is the master of the universe and the master of the heavens, earth and mankind. We can also praise God by obeying his commandments and rules from the Holy Bible and religious leaders.

Giving praises to the Lord doesn’t have to be loud or spoken to get to God. He is all-hearing and knows all that your heart speaks. By bowing before Him in calmness and peacefulness, we are praising Him.

Praise is not confined to people only. Psalm 148 tells us the sun, moon, and stars praise God (verse 3), as do the angels, sea creatures, flying birds, and ocean depths (v. 2, 7, 10).

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