Does God make His home in our praises? It’s a very intriguing thought—that God is actually present when we are praising His name.
Psalm 22:3 is the key verse that brings up this question. Various Bible translations have rendered this verse in different ways.
For example, the New International Version (NIV) translates it:
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.
The English Standard Version is one of several translations that makes the question a little more valid with its rendering:
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
You can almost picture God living in our praise. In fact, the ESV includes a footnote that says an alternative rendering is “dwelling in the praises.”
Then, there are translations that make it relatively easy to envision God living in our praise. The King James version, among others, renders this verse:
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
And that is where the question really comes into play for me.
Does this verse mean that God is actually present with us when we’re offering up praise?
Of course, God is always with us. He gives us that promise in Deuteronomy 31:6 and reiterates it in Hebrews 13:5.
But it is a whole other thing to imagine that God is physically present—real and alive—in our praises. That should give us comfort like nothing else can.
It’s like the famous line from Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.” If we praise God, He will show up. That should give us something to think about.
No matter which translation you read from, and whether or not you believe that God actually lives in our praises, we should all practice praising Him more.
He is certainly worthy of our praise, as He is our Creator and Heavenly Father who loves us immensely despite all our flaws and sins.
That, in itself, is reason enough for our reverent worship of Him.