Let me back up:
Sunday night was the annual "Spring Sing" at Temple Baptist Church in Winnsboro, a gathering of choirs from throughout the parish who each sing a couple of songs then we all get together for a song at the end. Our choir has jokingly referred to it as "Battle of the Choirs," but, of course, it is NOT a competition! Our choir also usually complains about anything that requires any kind of extra practice or preparation. Choirs are large and small, young and old, with songs in just about every kind of style - some styles, honestly, I prefer to others.
So Sunday night, one of the pastors (I'm so sorry, I can't remember who it was - update: my friend Jimmy says it was Prentis Gandy - thanks, Jimmy!) prayed the opening prayer, mentioning that God "inhabits the praises of His people."
God Himself inhabits the praises of His people.
I've heard it before, but found myself wondering if it was scripture, or just a saying - yep, it's in the Bible - the King James Version:
But thou art holy,
O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
How amazing is that? I found myself moved by each selection, offered sincerely in praise, which God Himself favored with His presence.
Want God to draw near?