This is my new favorite song- "Our God Is Greater". You probably know it.
The whole experience of listening to it fills my soul.
Today I play it again in my kitchen. My heart swells and my mind zones to God's greatness. My eight-year-old catches my fervor and excitedly starts twirling till she is dizzy. I am reminded that God inhabits the praise of His people. (Read Psalm 22:3.)
The word "Praise" in this passage means laudation or more concretely a hymn. The kind of hymn that shines clear, boasts. This praise is to be clamorously foolish (as quoted from Strong's concordance), to rave, to stultify, to celebrate.
And while we are praising God what is He doing?
Inhabiting- He sits down in quiet, dwells, and remains amongst us. He is so intimately close He "marries" us; He remains, He settles down with us.
How awesome is that? My joy in Him causes Him to stop and dwell intimately with me.
This outrageous praise reminds me of the adulation that David gave when the ark of the covenant was finally returning to its proper place. David was so full; he danced unabashedly and wearing only his underwear (sounds clamorously foolish!) before God in the sight of all the people.
What did his wife think? She "despised" him in her heart. God struck Michal with bareness. I think perhaps this story is recorded for us to show us that her heart response is diametrically opposed to His when we praise Him. He loves it; He enjoys it- He is enjoying US enjoying HIM.
I love that about Him.
So I listen to my new favorite song. I listen to these words- my mind quickens, my heart swells, my body moves.
I feel like this-
I am filled to overflowing with peace and joy.