INCREDIBLE GOD, INCREDIBLE PRAISE
from Youthful Praise's song, "Incredible God, Incredible Praise"
Much has been written and much has been said about praise and worship. Certainly God deserves all glory and honor, and is to be worshipped by all of His creation. It's good to examine why this is so!
On "Incredible God, Incredible Praise" from JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise's Live: The Worship, the Praise project from 2005, the choir dwells on the awesome qualities of God, and the praise that He merits.
Some sistas, without fail, make sure they get their hair done every week (…or “err week", depending on where you are from). When that hair appointment day rolls around, there is nothing that can keep them from the beauty salon. They view their hair as a valuable asset.
What about the relationship between many men and their cars? They will take extreme measures to ensure no food, dirt, or anything else unclean defiles “the ride”. They view their cars as a valuable asset.
It is clear that we treat people and things according to the level of value we ascribe to them. High value = sensitivity, care and honor. Low value = carelessness, apathy and sloppiness.
Shamefully, we often treat our possessions with more reverence than our God.
The word “worship” can actually be described as a our “Worth-ship” of a particular person or thing. When we worship, we ascribe worth, value or importance to a person or thing.
On their recent project, Live: The Worship, the Praise, J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise sing of the Incredible nature of our God. Let's take a closer look at what this song is saying (lyrics are in orange text)
I’ve had some problems, some great and some small You being God, delivered me from them All Still can’t believe all the ways you made...
God has Practical Worth
One thing that should be evident about our God is that He is able to do all things, great and small. He is not only concerned about doing the “big things” that result in the affirmation and awe of man, but is also interested in demonstrating His power in ways that are less visible, yet personally valuable in our day-to-day lives.
He is a God who displays might toward “the least of these” among us. It is in these encounters that he demonstrates His practical, loving worth to His creation.
In Matthew 10, Our Lord teaches us,
“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will... Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows (v. 29 and 31).God is able to deliver us from all manner of danger, harm and persecution and he demonstrates His love for us in practical, meaningful ways. While He would be worthy of worship even if he did not care for our needs, He does care for our needs. As Jeremiah proclaimed, “Behold, I am the God of all flesh, Is there anything too hard for Me?” The God we serve is full of compassion, desirous to redeem and able to deliver!
An Incredible God...
God has Intrinsic Worth
Why does God love us the way He does? Because God’s very nature is truly incredible. I love praising God for what He has done, but more than that, He deserves worship simply for who He is. He is intrinsically worthy. He possesses so many attributes that are worthy of worship, it is impossible to list them all. But let’s just consider worshiping Him for His...
What Kind of God would do this for me?
Victory, Grace and Mercy...
God Deserves an Incredible Response
The text says that, “an hour is coming and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. (John 4:23) This Greek word in this passage for “seek” is zeteo. It means “to crave, demand something from someone”. God demands a worship response that is fitting for His person and works. In this passage we find three important characteristics of incredible praise.
First, incredible praise can only be offered through the person Jesus. There is no other way to worship God. Jesus goes on to state in John 14:6, “I am the way the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but buy me”. All praise and worship must come through the Son. That means any faith or person that excludes the Son of God (Jesus Christ) cannot worship.
Secondly, incredible praise must be “in Spirit”. This is not talking about enthusiasm, vigor or excitement, but rather empowerment and motivation. It must be enabled and led by the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to worship God by our own flesh or ability. The Sprit enables worship, and He empowers us to worship God in a manner that is fitting of His person.
Lastly, this worship must be “in truth”. This speaks not only of factual truth (factual content), but personal Truth (centered in the Person of Truth Jesus Christ). Thankfully, when incredible praise is offered in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are assured that the One that is “full of grace and truth” and “the way the truth and the life” mediates for us to the Father.
We will spend eternity meditating, enjoying and learning about this great God and Savior. And in heaven we won’t be inhibited by our sinful nature (so we will never get bored, tired or distracted by anything else!)
Let’s start now by worshiping God for His Amazing Acts and Matchless Nature. He truly deserves Incredible Praise.
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