The apostle Paul refers to these types of songs when he writes to the Ephesian and Corinthian churches: "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:19-20). I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind (1 Corinthians 14:15).
Tethillah is song that publicly lauds God both as the praise of Israel and as the one to be praised (see Deut. 10:21; 1 Chron. 16:35; 148:14; Jer.17:14). Therefore, tehillah praise may occur when God's people are praising Him, giving Him praise, or speaking of His praise (see 1 Chron. 16L35; 2 Chron. 20:22; Neh.12:46 Ps.22:25; 71:8). In addition, the Scriptures tell us that tehillah is praise God is not willing to share with anyone or anything else. It is for Him alone, being the very place of His dwelling (see Ps. 22:3). So zealous is God for the tehillah praise f His people, that he even holds back His anger so He can receive praise (see Is. 48:9). Moreover, the Scriptures tell us that God will make Jerusalem the praise of the earth (see Is. 62:7; Jer. 33:9 as He makes His people praiseworthy (see Deut. 26:19; Zeph. 3:19-20). Then His people themselves will be His praise (see Jer. 33:11).
Nehemiah 9:5 is an interesting usage of this word, in that God's name is "exalted above all blessing (shabach) and praise (tehillah). " In other words, God is exalted above any praise we can offer Him. Thus it is not surprising that tehillah is also translated "glory" (see Ex. 15:11).
Beloved, we must be careful to remember what God Himself declared in Exodus 20:5 "Our God is a jealous God. He will not share his glory or worship with another. Kind Herod learned this lesson the hard way. We learn in (Acts 12 22-23) that Herod had the Apostle James put to death and intended to do the same thing to Peter, but Peter escaped. Sometime later, as Herod gave a speech the people described him as "having the voice of a god and not of a man." That one little bit of flattery went to his head and instead of correcting the people, he accepted for himself the glory that belongs only to God. Well, God didn't waste any time. God's judgment of Herod was swift and severe, but the important thing to note is that it was not because of the evil Herod had done to God's people, But (Acts 12:23) according to Luke its writer, explains why Herod died an untimely death: it was because he did not give glory to God. The warning here is: Do not talk what rightfully belongs to God, and that is His "Glory!"
Nebuchadnezzar had a statue built of gold that measured 90 feet tall and 9 feet wide. he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. Then he sent messages to all the princes, governors, advisers, judges, and everybody he could think of to come; including men of different nations and races. Everybody was invited to the dedication of the statue he had set up. When everyone got there, he set up a herald who shouted out, "People of all races and nations and languages, listen to the King's command" When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, harp, pipes and other instruments, bow to the ground to worship the King's golden statue. anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into the fiery furnace. Most of you know the story of the three Hebrew boys, how the king threw them into the fiery furnace and then a fourth man like unto the Son of God took the heat our of the flames, and the men walked out without being burned, neither were their clothes burned, nor the smell of smoke found on them.
After that scenario the King blessed the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego, declaring their God alone is a above all other gods. However, Nebuchadnezzar had short term memory loss. In Daniel 4:30 a year later, as he gazed from the roof of his royal palace at the glories of his kingdom, Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, " Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built..by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?" Notice the attitude of the King's heart that these words reveal. We see much evidence here of self will. and then lastly the King places himself as a deity when he uses the term, "glory of my majesty," referring ho himself as a god. But check out what happens in the text: while these words were still on Nebuchadnezzar lips, judgment fell. The king lost his mind and for seven years, he wandered as a beast eating grass like cattle. all of these events were the fulfilling of the interpretation of the dream which his servant Daniel reveal to him beforehand. Daniel had tried to warn the King about being lifted up in pride but he refused to listen. My mama had a saying that she used every now and then when my siblings and I refused to listen and learn from our mistakes. She would say, " A hard head causes a soft behind." I think many of you have probably heard that idiom or statement before.
The point I am attempting to drive home is, that God is a jealous God. The Bible tells us that we are to have no other God before Him. It is He alone that we should worship and ascribe all glory, honor, and praise. The problem is, we praise people too much. We give too much credit to human flesh and not enough to the God of all flesh! Even in the church we worship our pastors, bishops, and apostles, when the fact is: they are mere men and women, called to be servants of the Most High God. I can prove my point right here.
The apostle John in (Revelations 22:7) made a mistake of worshiping the angel that was before the throne of God. The angel rebuked him and told him, "Do not do that! I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren the prophets. Now, if the angel who ministers and stands in the presence of Almighty God every single day, told the apostle John not to worship or give him any glory, how much more should we as leaders humble ourselves and let people know that Jehovah God, alone is worthy of all glory, honor and praise. We must begin to in our roles as servants. Another last thought before I closed. Do you remember in (Luke 10:18) when satan decided that he was going to exalt himself up to be like the Most High. He got lifted up in pride. God didn't wait or think about what he was going to do. God just heard satan speak within his heart and the Bible says, "I beheld satan fall like lightning from the sky. God's judgment was swift and deliberate. and Guess what? he didn't leave by himself. God kicked a third of the host of heaven with him. We call them fallen angels today.
What is God saying to us today then? I think that Beyonce Knowles Carter says it best.
You just don't know bout me, you just don't know bout me I can have another you in a minute, in fact, he'll/she'll be here in a minute! don't you ever get to thinking for a minute; that you're irreplaceable!!!
Bottom Line: "Don't Try To Take God's Glory!
And: "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers."