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One of the many things that brings warmth to the hearts of many persons is Praise. Some get a butterfly feeling in their stomachs. Others get goosebumps along their spines. While many have such a need for praise they use their need for praise as a performance enhancer – a source of motivation to succeed and accomplish their goals.
Today it just struck me that this addiction for Praise is somehow built into the DNA of the human race as a matter of fact it seems to be built into the DNA of animals and plants too. Without exception we see several instances where God indicates His love for human praise. We know that God loves beauty just by looking at the many wonderful things He has created. For example, fruits like mango and bananas, animals like the polar bear and zebra all speak of God’s obsession with beauty.
When we are in love with someone or some condition or some characteristic it is obvious that we would want to live or be where our addiction is. Isaiah indicates God’s “addiction”: “For this is what the high and lofty One says, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “He lives in the height and in holiness, and also with the one who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15 ISV
Our God not only inhabits Eternity, He loves Height, Holiness, Humility and Contriteness, He is deeply in love with the Praises of His children – you and I. You ask me how I know? I found this out in Psalm 22:3-4:
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
When we Praise God He lives in our Praise. The word inhabit means to live in or reside in or to be present in or to fill. So our God is addicted to our Praise to the point where He wants to live in it! No wonder our chains drop powerless behind us when we Praise God!