Psalm 150 (NKJV)
Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! 3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
As we enter into the final quarter of 2017, the year of completion and prepare ourselves for 2018, the year of new beginnings and restoration, I want us to look a little bit closer at praise and worship. This is a necessary topic because your continued covering, healing, and deliverance are in your praise and worship. Today we are going to look at the difference between praise and worship.
Worship is communicating with God and is a necessary part of the Christian faith. God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another. God through Christ actively seeks a relationship with us through worship. Worship is personal and private. Worship also includes devotions, private prayer, meditation, and reading that people practice separate from the physical presence of others in the Body of Christ. Praise is a part of our worship to God. During praise, we express our approval, thankfulness, and respect for Almighty God by offering praises to Him. The goal of praise is to create an atmosphere for the presence of God. Praise becomes part of our worship. Today, I encourage you to know that even when you cannot feel His presence, you need to be in a spirit of always welcoming His presence. When we praise we are opening the gates to our hearts and lives, and entering into worship. Over these next few weeks and moving forward, I encourage you to praise God while we pray and enter in it with a spirit of worship. Amen.