God's History of Praise
Praise is an on-going principle in heaven, carried out by wisdom. Not only is praise an eternal activity, but it provokes God's delight. Praise is a state inherent in the divine nature of God that was transmitted to man at the time of creation. This is confirmed by the prophet who sings: "Yahwe is [my strength and] my song" (Ex. 15.22). If we are aware of the central position that worship occupies in the Bible, the individual or corporate act of worship should know the revelation of the "wonders of God" ideally expressed in poetry and music. Gouel introduces the concept of "theopoetics" as a useful tool to study God's principle of praise and beauty.