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Sunday, September 25, 2011
WHAT IS PRAISE & WORSHIP ???
“Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, for He is our God and we are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.”(Psalms 95: 6-7)
I’d like to share a few thoughts with you as regards 2 words commonly used by the Church today - PRAISE & WORSHIP.What do they mean?
Worship is “to love, admire, or respect somebody or something greatly , excessively and unquestioningly.”
When we are filled with awe, admiration, gratitude and respect we want to just let that person know how much they mean to us and this is what WORSHIP is. When we are so full of love and gratitude to the Lord for who He is and what He is doing in our lives, we start to make utterances about His greatness. This is Praise.
Praise is “physically expressed worship / words that express approval or admiration, e.g. for somebody's achievements / good qualities.”
When we praise and worship God, our heart is joined with the Father’s heart and there is nothing that pleases Him more than us becoming one with Him.
Praise & Worship is one of the strongest weapons in Spiritual Warfare as when we begin to do so, God comes and inhabits the praises of His people and it is at this time that He is closest to us and every work of the defeated devil- sickness in our body or mind, pain in our heart, every kind of loss or lack leaves and miracles begin to take place. If only we knew how much power there is in true Praise and worship, we would run to our prayer chambers every time trouble came and praise God instead of doing anything else and that would get us quicker answers and permanent solutions for any and every problem in our lives.
We have a God who knows us inside out, who is well aware (even better than us ) of every detail of our situation and He is always ever so ready eagerly waiting for us to call on Him but we need to come to Him in the way that He has specified. I came across a good illustration by Steve Foss. He says that just like if we had to approach the Queen ,we would have to follow a certain protocol in order to talk with her and only when we are trained will we be allowed to go into the presence of such powerful people; here we are going into the presence of Almighty God- THE KING OF KINGS- THE ROYALTY OF ALL ROYALTIES and yet how much of the Fear of the Lord do we have when we approach this All Powerful, Holy, Magnificent , Just & Righteous but most of all Loving Savior?
In this post I share with you a few of my favorite worship songs. It must be remembered that the Music by anointed men and women of God only help in creating a spiritual atmosphere for us- for true worship to happen, we need to tell our Loving Heavenly Father in our own simple words how much He means to us and thank Him for all the mercies He has shown to us personally. No one else can do that for us. Our God longs for a personal intimacy with each of His children and there is no doubt that He will respond to us if we call on Him with a pure and childlike heart putting away all our pride/arrogance & lofty thoughts and ideas . Our worship must always come from a heart full of love and gratefulness , hungry for more of His love.
Hope these songs will help lead you to worshipping the Lord.Do let me know if you were blessed.