From Pastor’s Desk: 10-25-15
Psalm 40:3 (NIV) He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
Too many are singing songs that are not of Him. We must be careful that our praise is not of the “flesh,” that is, not just from our minds and mouths but from deep within the heart, where true praise originates. God is Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24).
When we worship, it ought to be more than applause, more than incited excitement, as when cheering someone on at a sports event. Those champions cannot inhabit your praise, as God does (Ps. 22:3). As we draw near to Him through prayer, praise, and worship, the knowledge that you are indeed in the presence of Almighty God penetrates the mind, heart, and spirit, and from our innermost being unsolicited praise (always best) erupts and, as declared in His word, He immediately comes to dwell in that praise.
Applause, incited excitement, cheers, etc., will not cause Him to come. But, on the authority of Scripture, it is guaranteed, because He said He would, that true praise and worship, will cause Him to come.
I’ve often said it this way: I can come into His gates with thanksgiving in the flesh. I can come further into the courts of praise in the flesh. But when I began to praise and worship, I am lead into the spiritual realm where He dwells. It is then He comes and settles, abides, and dwells in my praise.
He will put a new song in your mouth a hymn of praise unto Him. Don’t be satisfied with “praise” and “worship” that does not flow from the heart. If it is in your mouth that He puts the new song, isn’t it safe to say that He put it in your heart first? For “It is from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).