God invites us to respond to who He is by giving Him praise. The root word for praise is hallel (“Hallelujah” literally means “Praise God!”) and it connotes taking delight in the superior qualities or acts of another. When we take delight in the splendor of God we are allowing him to be the God Of Our Praise.
It’s easy to let praise be disconnected and habitual. We have forgotten how and why we praise God. Many of us have forgotten what it is like to let our spirits soar in delight up to His. We are often caught up in what others might think if we are “doing it right”, or watching others. The Bible tells us all of nature praises God. The purest form of praise we can offer is like that of nature: to be exactly who God created us to be.
1 Chronicles 16:25
“For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and He is to be feared above all gods.”
When you think of Elohey Tehillati, the God Of Our Praise, what comes to mind? What sort of response does that create in you?
Repent of giving Elohey Tehillati restrained habitual praise instead of the soul deep worship He deserves. Pray and ask Elohey Tehillati how you were created to worship Him.. Listen and think about who you really are as the child of God. What is your unique God-given purpose that only you were created to do? Meditate on how you can allow the Holy Spirit to teach you to praise Elohey Tehillati exactly the way you were created to.
God is completely good. God is completely loving. God is unceasingly gracious. God’s mercy knows no limits. God is a great and awesome God. Contemporary ears will hear “great and awesome” and think big and wonderful. The ancient Hebrew would be more apt to associate those words with fear and reverence. God is not to be feared because He has any evil or unjust qualities or wants to do any harm. God is to be feared because of the sheer magnitude of His holiness, power and splendor.
An appropriate fear of God means we realize that next to Him we are the dirt from which He originally made us. We are nothing without Him. We have no wisdom except what He gives us. We have no goodness except what comes from Him. It is being ever aware of how bankrupt we are alone.
It is the recognition that He is supreme and, in His goodness and grace, He has given us everything through Christ.
“You shall not be in dread of them, for the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.”
When was the last time you considered God, revealed in scripture as El Gadol VeNora, as something so overwhelming that it created healthy fear in you?
Repent of underestimating the awesome power of El Gadol VeNora. Pray and ask El Gadol VeNora to help you see how great and awesome He is. Listen and think about how this changes your relationship with El Gadol VeNora. Meditate on Mark 4:35-41 and think about when Jesus calmed the storm. The disciples, who knew and loved Him, were afraid of the storm. They were terrified of Jesus after He calmed it. What do you make of that?