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PRAISE AND WORSHIP COMPARED

Praise

Praise is:

  • To speak well of
  • To express admiration for
  • To compliment
  • To commend
  • To congratulate
  • To applaud
  • To eulogize
  • To extol

Praise is talking, or singing, about God – how wonderful He is, what He has done for us.

Worship

Worship is:

  • To express reverence
  • To have a sense of awe
  • To bow low before the object of worship
  • To esteem the worth of
  • To give place to

Worship is talking, or singing to God. You have passed the point of thinking about the things He has done and entered into worship of Him for who He is.

  • The Highest Praise

Worship is the highest form of praise.

First it is:

  • An attitude of the heart
  • A reverent occupation with the Creator
  • A beginning of inner musings of the heart
  • A depth of meditation upon the greatness and worthiness of God

Then it is a spontaneous overflow of these thoughts and emotions.

Worship cannot be “worked up,” it must be entered into.

Finally, worship is the outpouring of the soul in deep expressions of reverence, awe, wonder and adoration.

WHAT IS WORSHIP?

Before we can enter into worship, we should understand what worship is.

In Spirit

We can only give true worship to God from our spirits.

John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

To worship in spirit is to worship with our whole heart. To worship in spirit also means to worship from our spirits by the power of the Holy Spirit, all of which reside in the same inner most place which the Bible calls our heart, or spirit.

In Truth

To worship in truth is to worship and allow the Lord to search the inner depths of our heart.

Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the inner depths of his heart.

John 14:16,17 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

Cleanse Ourselves

Since we cannot worship God in the flesh it is important to cleanse ourselves of fleshly thoughts and evil so our spirits can worship God by His Spirit.

Colossians 3:5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Colossians 3:16,17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

We are to receive God’s cleansing and worship God from a pure heart. Flesh cannot worship God. If we rid ourselves of all which is not of God, there will be nothing left but our spirits worshiping by the Spirit of God.

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