Praise and Worship

Praise and Worship is a term used by the modern charismatic church and adapted by some traditional churches as a contemporary worship service.

The word Praise is associated with action and giving thanks

The word Hallelujah has ben used in the church from early times and it comes from two Hebrew words that literally mean praise - Yah or praise The LORD
Praise should be the natural response to God, of all believers, at all times and in all places. Praise is a celebration of the worthiness of God.

What is Praise?

Praise - an expression of approval, words that glorify, recognition and acknowledgement of merit
Praise prepares us for worship; we choose to praise Him, because He is wonderful and amazing, we worship Him when our heart recognizes how wonderful and amazing He is.

Praise is a choice

1 Chronicles 16:4 NASB95
4 He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, even to celebrate and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel:
1 Chronicles 23:30 NASB95
30 They are to stand every morning to thank and to praise the Lord, and likewise at evening,
Acts 16:25 NASB95
25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;

Who should we Praise?

1 Chronicles 16:8–9 NASB95
8 Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. 9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders.
Psalm 7:17 NASB95
17 I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
Psalm 30:4 NASB95
4 Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name.
Romans 13:7 NASB95
7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Why should we Praise?

Psalm 115:17–18 NASB95
17 The dead do not praise the Lord, Nor do any who go down into silence; 18 But as for us, we will bless the Lord From this time forth and forever. Praise the Lord!
Psalm 63:3–4 NASB95
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. 4 So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
Psalm 33:1 NASB95
1 Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright.
Psalm 147:1 NASB95
1 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.

How should we Praise?

Psalm 34:1 NASB95
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 Samuel 6:14–15 NASB95
14 And David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouting and the sound of the trumpet.
Psalm 100:1–2 NASB95
1 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
Psalm 100:4 NASB95
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
Psalm 150:1–6 NASB95
1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. 2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. 3 Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. 4 Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

The outcome of Praise

2 Chronicles 5:13–14 NASB95
13 in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

What is Worship?

Worship - To adore; to pay divine honor to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration. To respect; to honor; to treat with reverence. To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission. Extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem.
In the Old Testament, worship holds a sense of obligation. In the New Testament, a sense of adoration.
Things always associated with the worship of God in scripture , are, Reverence, Act of service, Adoration, Fear, Devotion, Honor, To bow down, To prostrate

Who or what should we Worship?

Matthew 4:8–10 NASB95
8 Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; 9 and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ ”
Matthew 2:2 NASB95
2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”

Why should we Worship The LORD God, creator of all things?

Psalm 100:3 NASB95
3 Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Revelation 4:11 NASB95
11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
1 Chronicles 17:20 NASB95
20 “O Lord, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

How should we worship?

Psalm 95:6 NASB95
6 Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
Psalm 2:11 NASB95
11 Worship the Lord with reverence And rejoice with trembling.
Psalm 96:9 NASB95
9 Worship the Lord in holy attire; Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Romans 12:1 NASB95
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
John 4:23–24 NASB95
23 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The outcome of Worship

2 Chronicles 7:1–3 NASB95
1 Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house. 2 The priests could not enter into the house of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house. 3 All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
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