Friday, August 14, 2015
I have heard the phrase “God inhabits the praises of His people” so often, I decided to research it. To begin with, the only place in any English version of the Bible where the root word “inhabit” even appears is in Psalm 22:3. The KJV renders it: “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” The NIV’s rendering of the same verse says: “Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel” which is somewhat different. As far as the premise that God “inhabits the praises of Israel” (His people) is concerned, the great bible Commentator, Matthew Henry, wrote: [ This bespeaks God’s wonderful condescension to his faithful worshippers—(that, though he is attended with the praises of angels, yet he is pleased to inhabit the praises of Israel), and it may comfort us in all our complaints—that, though God seem, for a while, to turn a deaf ear to them, yet he is so well pleased with his people’s praises that he will, in due time, give them cause to change their note. ] Therefore, although the phrase “God inhabits the praises of His people” is not found per se in the Bible, we must conclude that it’s truth is a valid one.
BTW, Psalm 22 is a prophetic psalm where David depicted the sufferings of the coming Messiah. Jesus later uttered the same words found at the beginning of the psalm, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” while he was hanging on the cross of Calvary. Because David was like all of us, we can believe that he too went through some times in his life where he felt forsaken of God. It is not a sin to have these thoughts about the Lord from time to time. Sin enters the picture only when we dwell on that belief and continue on our way actually believing that He has completely abandoned us. If you read the rest of the psalm you will see that in the end David encourages God’s people to praise Him for He has not despised the sufferings of the afflicted. (See verses 23-24)
If you are going through a difficult stretch right now, do not despair even though it may seem to you that God has forgotten or is ignoring your pleas for help. It is not unusual for God’s people to have this type of experience from time to time. Even the strongest in the faith and those who walk closely by His side have them. God’s children do not always understand what He is doing in their lives, but even when they don’t, they eventually mutter courageously “He is still my Hope and I will continue to trust Him.” They know that this game is not over. Such was the case with Job and he too concluded: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.” (Job 13:15) God’s true children don’t turn their backs on Him when things don’t go their way. I bet that includes you, child of God.
Memory Verse for the week: (Ecclesiastes 10:1 NLT) “As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor.”