God Inhabits the Praises of His People

The Bible states that God is Lord of Lords, King of Kings. He is supreme in all the universe, but we need to understand this in the light of the fact that Satan is also the god of this world:

Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. 2 Corinthians 4:4, NLT

When Satan tempted Christ in the wilderness, he offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world in exchange for a moment of worship—Satan was trying to establish his authority over Christ through an act of worship. Jesus didn’t challenge devil on this detail:

Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will worship me.”
Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’
 Luke 4:6-8, NLT

At a critical time in world history, man chose Satan as their god instead of Jehovah—the “sons of God” (Nephilim) married the “daughters of men.” God gave Satan authority over the earth.

Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend (or strive) with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” Genesis 6:3, NLT

The word translated “contend” or “strive” (Hebrew: diyn) is found 23 times in the Old Testament and is used in the context of ruling or governance. Each time, except in Genesis 6:3, diyn describes government—passing laws or legislation, enforcing laws, or administering laws (see: Genesis 49:16, Proverbs 31:9, Genesis 15:14).

So Genesis 6:3 needs to be interpreted in the same sense. This was the moment that God stopped governing men. At this point Satan and his minions moved in taking control of earth.

So when we read that God is enthroned in our praises, we are taking God’s supreme authority in heaven and bringing it down to earth. God gives believers the Holy Spirit to dwell in them, giving them access to the power of the name of Jesus. Our Lord taught us to pray: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” When we praise God, we bring His Kingdom to earth.

Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3, NLT

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9, NIV

This is an excerpt from a new book that is in the works–a joint project by Pastor Keith Korver and Kathleen Evenhouse.

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