Ephesians 1:6: “This is to the praise of his glorious grace.”
Praise isn’t some religious routine you go through from Sunday to Sunday. Praise is the fruit of our faith, which now knows and sees Christ and stands in awe of His glorious grace which He gave freely.
Praise is how we show our appreciation for what we have discovered about our redemption. We realise that we cannot redeem ourselves. Our redemption is free and independent of anything we could offer in exchange.
Man could not buy favour from God. It was freely bestowed upon the human race in Christ Jesus.
Our songs and hymns must represent this. Too many of our songs reflect redemption still to come, when it is in fact an accomplished reality. We are not still negotiating redemption with God, it is an accomplished reality.
The Father crafted this strategy of the Cross from before the foundations of the world, as His method for purchasing our souls and winning our hearts. Only Christ’s blood could cleanse us, and only such a gift could provoke awe and worship in us.
God has dealt with man in Christ. So my only reference is Christ. That is why the only song of praise that can truly reflect our faith, is when our praise proclaims Christ. When Christ is exalted, we see His glory, and as we gaze on His glory as in a mirror we see Gods intent for our lives. It is in our praise of Him that man discovers and sees himself; he sees the very face of his rebirth in Christ.
2 Corinthians 3:18: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”