On Sundays we celebrate Jesus by attending Praise and Worship Services.
We join in communal singing, testimony, giving, Prayer and listening to a message from Gods Word.
Some believers even lay hands on the sick, and pray for healings, rebuke the devil, pray for financial help, ask for Wisdom, Grace, and Mercy.
Wonderful.. but it is not really Praise and Worship, its a Service (a gathering of like minded people), on a Sunday to share their beliefs.
It is Wonderful, but not Praise and Worship.
I know, it is how we Praise and how we Worship, leave us alone….
My question is; Is it how does the Bible tell us to Praise or Worship?
The word Praise is in the Bible 259 times, the first time Leah, the un-loved wife of Jacob, has just delivered their forth child.
Their first was called Reuben, meaning the Lord has seen, now my husband will love me.
Their second, Simeon, meaning, the Lord has heard my cries, and given me a son.
The third was Levi, meaning to be joined with. (The Levites are the Lords priests, to join people to God).
Finaly she had Judah, “Now will I praise the Lord:”
What is Praise, first off it is Thanksgiving for what He has done.
“Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.”
Singing Praise, what is that? David wrote many songs of Praise. Praise is mentioned 149 times in 150 Psalms.
Sing, shout, noise from cymbols, drums, flutes, stringed instruments, loud. Letting the lost know who we love.
Clapping hands, lifting hands in submission, forgetting how foolish we might look or feel.
It is all about Him, what He has done, what He has promised…
Singing the 11 words 7 times Praise songs, allow us to enter into His presence, we need not read the words we are singing, they become one with us, we become one with Him.
“Bless the Lord, O’ my soul, and all that is within me, Bless His holy name.” 2x
“For He has done great things.” (Hallelujah) 3x
“Bless His holy name.” repeat from top.
You can know this song, live it it and invite the Lord into your Praise.
Do you want to sing it for 2o minutes, not a chance, but sing it and others like it, until the Spirit of God is sensed and His presence is in the congregation.
Then you would be ready to Worship. What is Biblical Worship?
Worship: Mentioned 188 times in the Bible, the first by Abraham, bringing his son to sacrifice.
“And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”
Worship, being willing to give up, or to kill your most precious thing, knowing, and believing the Lord will Bless your obedience.
Worship, means to bow done, “he worshipped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth.”
Submission, total, complete to the Lord, Obedience…. “To obey is better than sacrifice.”
We must learn to Praise the Lord, to Worship in Spirit and in truth. To do that, we must learn to give up ourself will, our pride, giving the Lord, absolute power in our lives.
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”
To worship, we must overcome our flesh, give our all to the Lord.
Lord, may I be a Holy Spirit dispenser of Your love, grace and mercy. Amen