Both acts of praise and worship are an integral part of our relationship with the Lord in church and at home. This includes all aspects of our lives.

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Is there something you are earnestly praying about?
God is more apt to hear you if you are praising and worshipping Him regardless of the pending outcome. Scripture says He inhabits the praises of his people! (Inhabit: to live in or occupy, to exist within.) That is the best way to get God’s attention.

Here is how God’s Word says to praise Him:
With a joyful noise,
with singing,
with trumpet sound,
with lute and harp,
with tambourine and dance,
with strings and pipe,
with loud clashing cymbals,
with the sound of the horn,
with music,
with gratitude in our hearts,
by lifting up our hands.
That sounds like an exciting church service to me!!!
A gathering of God’s people filled with joy, playing loud music with instruments, and dancing, all for the purpose of praising our Lord.

“A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
Psalm 100:1-4

Here is how God’s Word says to worship Him:
In Spirit and Truth,
by bowing down and kneeling down,
with our mouth,
with our life being dedicated as a living sacrifice to Him,
with joy and happy songs,
by giving Him glory,
with reverence and awe,
at His footstool,
in the splendor of His glory,
by trembling before Him,
by bringing an offering,
by bringing a gift,
in humbleness of heart and body,
by confessing He is Lord,
by living our life fully for Him,
by pure, clean sacrifices given and done in His name only,
Worshipping Him alone, no other false gods.
This is more reverent adulation in a church service.
It is equally important.

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;”
1 Chronicles 16:29

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”
Psalm 95:6

I believe that our churches today, heck, even our daily lives, need a balance of both – joyous praise and reverent worship. To have one and not the other discounts what God is worthy of! There is a time for heartfelt thanks and loud praise, which is easier to give, but also a time for heartfelt worship in reverence of who God is, which is much more personal and intimate, therefore harder to give.

Wherever you are today, take a few moments to praise the Lord out loud, and a few moments to worship him. Praise and worship takes the focus off of ourselves and the cares of this world, and puts it on the One and only One who truly sees and loves us. He is worthy!!

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Hebrews 12:28-29

Food for thought: When you attend a concert, you raise your hands, you cheer, you stand up, you sing along, and some even cry out of excitement and joy! Next time you are praising the Lord, act in this same way for Him with such enthusiasm as you would a musician, and you will see positive results in your prayer time as a result of your praise and worship time being more personal.

Fun facts: “Any man or woman on this earth who is bored or turned off by worship is not ready for Heaven.” ― A.W. Tozer

Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Doxology of praise