Yet You are holy,
O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

PSALM 22:3 

Here is an insight that can revolutionise our attitude toward prayer and worship: The throne upon which God sits is the praises of His people. In heaven God already has a throne that is established forever. But when He leaves His heavenly throne to come among His people on earth, then our praises become His throne.

God is King forever, whether we praise Him or not. We do not make Him a king by praising Him. But we offer Him the throne that is His due. Jesus promised His disciples, “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew1 8:20). His presence in our midst is guaranteed. It depends upon His faithfulness, not our response. But when He comes into our midst as King of kings and Lord of lords, it is right and appropriate that we respond to Him as King. As King, He merits a throne. Nothing else becomes Him. It is our privilege to offer Him the throne. When we praise Him and exalt Him, when we glorify His name and extol His majesty, we are acknowledging His  kingship. We are responding appropriately. We are offering Him the throne that is His due.

Not only is this response of praise appropriate to the One whom we worship. It will also change our attitude and enlarge our faith. The more we praise Him, the more clearly we apprehend His kingly wisdom and power. Theni t takes no effort to exercise faith for the answers to our prayers. It becomes natural to believe that this glorious King is both willing and able to do what we ask of Him.

Faith’s Response

Help me, Lord, that I may never fail to offer You the throne of praise that is Your due.

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