As I shared yesterday, to know God, we first need to know His Word. He and His Word are One. His Word establishes a 'boundary' in our hearts and minds as to the character and nature of God.
As we spend time in His Word, we begin to recognize God's voice. (John 10:27) His Word begins to rise up on the inside of us and lives. His living Word begins to easily expose the lies in our mind and thought-life that disagree with His Word and then we tear them down with the truth of God's Word.
And as we begin to get a picture of Who God is, the natural outcome is love and praise. Praise and thanksgiving begins to rise up on the inside of us. We begin to praise Him for Who He is and thank Him for what He's done..
Praise is declaring Who God is! The Seven Hebrew Words for Praise. Praise comes out of our mouth and is expressed with our bodies. Praise causes us to sing, to raise our hands, to dance, and to shout. Praise is not praise until it comes out of our mouth. Our hearts may be filled with all kinds of good thoughts toward God but that's not praise. Again, praise is not praise until it comes out of our mouth.
I love the words to Matt Redman's song, "Dancing Generation."
"Your mercy taught us how to dance
To celebrate with all we have
And we'll dance to thank You for mercy
Your glory taught us how to shout
To lift Your name in all the earth
And we'll shout to the praise of Your glory
It's the overflow of a forgiven soul
And now we've seen You, God
And our hearts cannot stay silent!!
And we'll be a dancing generation
Dancing because of Your great mercy, Lord
Your great mercy, Lord"