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Here is an excerpt from my latest book called "From Praise to Worship to the Glory of God"

In these days, God is restoring praise and worship to the Church. Many passages of Scripture refer to these two topics. For this reason, praise and worship is the center of much conversation and study within the Church. The days are past when we took for granted, that our praise and worship were accepted by God. Now, the Church is searching and studying the Word of God in an effort to find out what God does accept as praise and worship.

I. WHAT IS PRAISE AND WORSHIP?

A. Praise - Often, praise and thanksgiving go hand-in-hand. Thanksgiving arises from our desire to show appreciation for the goodness of God and the gifts He bestows upon us. Praise stems from the desire to love and extol God for Who He Is, rather than what He does.
B. Worship - In the Hebrew language, it means to "bow yourself down in adoring contemplation of God". Worship involves devotion, reverence, adoration, respect, and honor.

II. IS IT IMPORTANT THAT WE PRAISE AND WORSHIP THE LORD? YES!!!!!!

A. The Importance of Praise:
1. This is how we come into His presence (Psalm 100:4).
2. God inhabits the praise of His people (Psalm 22:3).
3. It is pleasing to God (Psalm 69:30, 31).
4. God requires it as our sacrifice to Him (Hebrews 13:15).
B. The Importance of Worship:
1. The Word of God expresses God's desire for us to worship Him (Psalm 45:11; 86:9; 95:6).
2. Satan realized and valued the importance of worship. When he tempted Jesus, he endeavored to get Jesus to worship him in exchange for the kingdoms of the world (Matthew 4; Luke 4).

III. WHY DO WE PRAISE THE LORD?

A It is a command (Psalm 81:1-5).
B. It is comely (Psalm 33:1).
C. It is pleasant (Psalm 135:3).
D. It is good (Psalm 54:6; 92:1).
E. God is worthy (Psalm 18:3; 48:1).
F. It assures us of the abiding presence of the Lord (Psalm 89:15).
G. We were created for this purpose (Psalm 102:18).

IV. WHAT DOES PRAISE ACCOMPLISH?

A. Opens a line of communication (Psalm 68:32, 33).
B. Purification (Proverbs 27:21; 17:3).
C. Glorifies the Lord (Psalm 50:23).
D. Deliverance (Psalm 42:5).
E. Healing (Psalm 42:11).

V. HOW ARE WE TO WORSHIP THE LORD?

A. In Spirit (John 4:20-24; Philippians 3:3).
B. In Truth (John 4:24; 8:32;17:17).
C. In the Beauty of Holiness (I Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 29:2; 96:9).
D. In the Fear of the Lord (Psalm 5:7; Deuteronomy 10:12).

VI. WHEN DO WE PRAISE AND WORSHIP THE LORD?

A. Continually (Psalm 71:6; 35:28; 34:1).
B. Day-By-Day (II Chronicles 30:21).
C. In Everything (I Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:19, 20).

VII. IN WHAT WAYS CAN WE PRAISE AND WORSHIP THE LORD?

A. In Song (Psalm 28:7; 40:3).
1. In the Spirit.
2. With understanding (I Corinthians 14;14, 15).
B. In the Dance (Psalm 150:4).
C. the Instruments (Psalm 33:2;150:3-5).
D. Lifting our Hands (Psalm 63:3, 4;134:2).
E. By Clapping our Hands (Psalm 47:1).

VIII. WHERE ARE WE TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP THE LORD?

A. In our Home (Psalm 42:8; 149:5).
B. the Assembly (Psalm 22:22; 35:18; 111:1).
C. the Presence of Non-Believers (Psalm 40:3; 126:2, Acts 2:46, 47).

IX. WHO ARE SOME BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF WORSHIPPERS?

A. Joshua (Joshua 5:14).
B. Gideon (Judges 7:15).
C. David (II Samuel 12:20).
D. Israel (II Chronicles 7:3; Nehemiah 8:6).
God desires the praises of His people. When we learn to praise God, we take our eyes off ourselves and our praises usher us into His presence. Only in His presence can we worship Him. The people of God are a spiritual house whose purpose is to show forth the praises of God (I Peter 2:9).

Elements of a life of praise and worship:

 
  1. Relationship

In order to praise God for who He is, we must know Him; His nature, His desires, His plans, His heart. It is impossible to praise and worship someone you do not know personally. The more I know Him, the more I love and worship Him. The more I worship Him, the more I know Him. In praise and worship, there is communion. The more I commune with Him and He communes with me, the more I know of Him. Our relationship with our Father is a growing, ever-increasing one.

2. Yielded life

To live a life of praise and worship is to be one who is yielded to God's Spirit. As we yield ourselves to His Spirit, He changes us from glory to glory. As we willingly cooperate with His Spirit, He works in us to will and to do His good pleasure. If we go through the motions or outward expressions of praise, but our hearts are not yielded to Him, then we are simply going through the motions, but our hearts are far from Him. It then becomes acts which are not true expressions of our hearts to God. It is vain worship. It is fruitless worship.

Whoever you praise and worship (give worth to) is who you give your life to. Whoever you give your life to is who you praise and worship. This yieldedness is lived out daily. Everyday we have the opportunity to live the yielded, crucified life. When we yield to His Spirit rather than the flesh, we have worshipped Him. (Galations 2:20)

3. Thankful life

To live a life of praise and worship is to have a thankful heart and attitude. God revealed to us that thanksgiving is a gate to praise and worship. As we live a thankful life, we enter easily into His courts with praise.

(Psalm 100:4) We are to sing and make melody in our heart to the Lord in all things. We are to come into His presence with singing. We are to give thanks to Him and bless His name. Accordingly, Scripture shows us that God inhabits, is enthroned upon, the praises of His people. God's presence lives in the praises of His people. It is His address. It is where He lives. (Psalm 100:2,4; Psalm 22:3)

Thankfulness in our hearts is expressed with the words of our mouth. Out the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Thankfulness changes things. Thankfulness changes attitudes, changes us, and changes situations. As we give thanks to God and praise Him, His presence is in our midst and His glory is revealed. (Matthew 12:34)

4. Passion for His presence

In the presence of the Lord, there is fullness of joy. In Him is our life, our health, our peace, our prosperity, our hope, our joy. He has created us so that everything we need, we find in Him! In His presence our longing hearts are fully satisfied. We are complete. We are fulfilled. We are created for His pleasure, and this is where we find our joy. His desire is for His people. Our desire is for Him. There is a longing within us which cannot be satisfied by anything else, but our intimate communion with Him. The things of this world grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. We must so desire His presence in our lives that we allow nothing to take His place, or to distract us from knowing Him. He is our greatest passion. No one else, nothing else can fulfill the cry of our hearts.

5. Extravagant worship

To live a life of praise and worship is to be an extravagant worship. Even as the woman who broke the precious alabaster vial of perfume upon Jesus, so we pour out our lives in worship to Him. As we do this, our very lives become a sweet fragrance to Him and to others.

The sweet aroma of His presence in our lives draws others to Him. As we praise our God, we declare and show forth who He is. When we praise our God, there is a gathering or drawing of people. This drawing comes from the presence of the living God who dwells, lives in, and is enthroned upon the praises of His people. (Psalm 22:3) As God, our Father, is enthroned upon our life of praise, He draws all men to Himself.

What is praise and worship? It is our life in relationship with Him being lived and being offered, daily to Him. Worship is our lives exalting Him, giving Him honor and blessing Him in the easy times, the hard times, joyful times, weeping times, and at all times. It is our showing forth His praise--His excellencies in every circumstance of our lives. (Romans 12:1)

We have such a limited view of praise and worship. It is so much more than singing a song, more than a dance, playing an instrument, more than a once or twice a week event within four walls of a building. Just as the Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob, we often have a narrow understanding of what true worship is. Jesus revealed to the woman at the well that worship of God was not limited by location, nationality, or religion. Jesus taught her that true worshipers worship God in spirit and in truth. Man is so often encumbered by rules, laws, and regulations in worship. Many times we are more concerned with what day, what time, what location, and other outward boundaries rather than true worship which proceeds from the heart.

As Jesus Christ has revealed the Father's heart to us, we understand that the day or time is not of central importance. Jesus taught us that He is our Sabbath day of rest. The issue is not a time or place, but our relationship with Father God through Jesus Christ His Son!

In everything give thanks. Rejoice in the Lord always. This speaks of continuing action in our life lived daily. We are to praise and worship God in our home, at work, at play, with the Body of Christ, in our neighborhoods, in the market place, and in the streets of the city. God has given us voices, hands, and feet with which to express our praise to Him, and even more so, with all of our lives. The first commandment is that you shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and mind, and strength.
 
 
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