We think we have a major problem! You can see all that when we are praying to God. When we are praying, that is when you realize how much dependent we are on God for everything in our lives. The place of prayer is a wonderful place to be and, indeed, prayer is a gift from God to man. God gives us the faith for that.
But I am sure that although there is a time and place for prayer in our Christian lives, we should not believe that our needs, whatever they may be, are the most important thing in heaven and earth.
There is a need before which all others fade into insignificance. And the bearer of this need is none other than God Himself. Does that sound confusing? Not the least bit! Of course, it requires the Holy Spirit to reveal this to us, but rest assured that God has a bigger need than any one of us can comprehend.
And what is this all-important need that God has? It is the need to be praised. God desires so much to be praised! That would sound selfish were it not for the fact that God not just desires but He deserves to be praised. God deserves so much to be worshipped, extolled, thanked, lifted up, loved – much more than we can possibly comprehend in our human capacities.
More than that, God deserves everything we have. He deserves our very lives.
If I, Mwita, were to ask anyone to praise me, I would not be too sure that I deserved it.
But God has never been unsure of anything He is does or requires of us. He tells us in Deuteronomy 6:5: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
He deserves everything we have.
If there is anything that can show the greatness of our God, it is the need that is there for Him to be praised and extolled above anything else.
King David is one of the greatest men that ever walked on earth. I believe David’s importance before the Lord owes much to the insight he had concerning the greatness of God and the need to praise Him. King David spent a considerable time of his life simply praising the Lord on various instruments. He also set up a choir, complete with all kinds of instruments and the most skilful musicians, Godly men, to perpetually stand before the Lord and just praise the Lord.
I remember when I got saved, many years back. I was in my final year at the university. Whenever we entered the auditorium the singers invariably began with a praise song. The minute the lead singer lifted the microphone to her lips, I would feel the power of God descending on me and immediately the tears would begin rolling down my eyes. The power and presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable. I cannot remember that we had to sing two or even three songs in order for the Holy Spirit to manifest.
These worship leaders were not artists, nor entertainers. They were true worshippers.
I was recently in Mauritius and I was deeply touched by the heart of worship that I saw in the worship team at Eglise Chretienne (Christian Church), whose services I regularly attended. Led by King and Audrey, the choir has a formidable capacity to lead people to worship God in the Spirit.
Brother King is a sight to behold when he leads worship. He lays his entire life – heart, soul and strength – into whatever he is doing; but you can feel he is doing something in the presence of God, not men. May the Lord bless Brother King!
It is not pleasing to say so, but to a large extent the business of praising God today has been turned into just that – a business – with a keen eye on the money, the fame, and the power it has to entertain the flesh.
Indeed, when it comes to praising God in church, many people are in either of two extremes: one extreme is where the flesh is given free flow and you find people simply entertaining themselves and looking for other profits instead of praising the Lord in Spirit and truth. With the abundance of modern music instruments and skilled players and singers today, it is the easiest thing to find people entertaining themselves in church instead of worshipping God. People jump, dance, and do many other things in the name of worshipping God, but you can feel it is the flesh.
At the other end are those whom you find clapping to God with their finger-tips – probably fearing that if they clap too hard their fine hands will hurt; or that if they sing too loudly, they might tear their delicate vocal cords! May God help us!
When it comes to praising the Lord there is only one way to do it – “with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Hallelujah!
One day, King David danced so hard before the Lord that his royal robe somehow got loosened, and maybe a piece of royal skin showed. His wife, Michal, despised him for that. In her view, he had lowered his personality. But unknown to her, he had just upgraded it!
But there is a need for God’s people to praise Him. Our God is so great, holy, merciful, loving that there are no words – or actions – truly sufficient to praise Him for Who He is. If it were possible we could spend all our time, 24/7, just praising God. The Bible in the Book of Revelation says that there are some wonderful creatures in Heaven doing just that!
And one day, all of creation will kneel down and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
It is all right to pray and ask God for our needs. But it is far much more wonderful to find ourselves praising, extolling and thanking God just for who He is, and for what He has done (not just for us in the selfish, carnal sense; but more so because of everything He has done, including all of creation, because He made everything for us).
Our needs pale in the revelation of the need to praise and extol our God. Oh, that our hearts would forever be caught up in a spirit of praise to our God, for He so much deserves it!