Nothing inspires me like creation. Sometimes it’s a sunset, sometimes it’s a story, sometimes it’s a song. But one day, in my home church, it was a prayer. In the words of that prayer was the phrase “throne of praise.” My heart was stirred.
That phrase was such a beautiful picture, such a contrast from the way it could be. Honestly, His throne could be built from many things: all the kingdoms He’s conquered, all His victories, His power and majesty. And rightfully so. But instead, it blesses Him to be seated upon the praise we imperfectly offer propped up by His grace. Broken, messy, needy, and yet somehow a perfect backdrop for His holiness. Our Creator, Savior, Redeemer, Extender of Mercy, Healer, Rescuer, Shepherd is blessed and lifted up by us. How beautiful.
It shows His heart. It makes me draw nearer. It makes me want to lift Him even higher. Because if He required perfect, shiny, polished offerings, I would not qualify. If He required me to pray with exactly the right words and sing all the right notes, I would not make the cut. If He required a record of victories and trophies, I would fall short. Thankfully, He is perfect, holy, righteous, and so much more. Not just for Him, but for us. I believe it makes our praise all the more endearing to Him. I believe when we worship, we are irresistible to Him!
We can come as we are, honest hearts. He will respond to our worship, He can’t help himself! And while we lift Him up, build Him a throne of praise, He comes and lives and reigns there, blessed by our praise!
What a Savior
See the glory on His face
Arms of mercy open wide
Love we can’t deny
We build You a throne of praise
Let our worship raise You high
All our crowns laid at Your feet
As an offering
We cry, we cry
Holy, holy, holy
What a Healer
See the hope within His scars
Rescuing our hearts
Our great Shepherd
Voice like thunder calling out
Hear Your people shout
Throne of Praise
Words & music by Chris Lockwood & Krissy Nordhoff.
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Krissy Nordhoff is a Christian worship music songwriter and singer. She grew up in the church in Western Michigan. Co-writer of the “Your Great Name,” “Mercy Tree” and “Outrageous Love,” she is a lyricist with a deep love for God’s church. She spends her days writing, mentoring other female writers, leading worship and recording music. Her most recent EP, “Let God Be Praised,” is available on iTunes. Krissy, and her family, call Gateway Church in Franklin, TN their church home.