Developing Commitment: Praise and Worship

by APC on February 04, 2016

Last week we learned about developing our commitments of prayer and fasting in our walk with God. This week we will examine two additional components to help us further develop a lifestyle of discipleship: praise and worship.

Why We Praise and Worship God

When we spend time praising and worshipping our God, we will be able to draw closer to Him. Through these actions, we can create an atmosphere in our spiritual life that allows God to draw nearer to us than ever before—to establish an intimate relationship with us. The closer we are to Him the more He will reveal Himself to us.

Biblical Instructions for Praise

Praise Originates in the Heart

Our praise will never start in our mouth or other actions of the body. Praise will always start with the inward man and not just be merely outward in nature. We must praise God with our whole heart (Psalms 9:1; 86:12).

Praise is Linked to Our Everyday Life

We need to get outside the mindset that praise and worship is only a segment of a church service. It is actually a lifestyle we must partake in! We cannot live like the devil Monday through Saturday and then come into the church on Sunday and praise like a Saint! Praise cannot be a ritual for us; it must become a part of our lifestyle. We must remember our lifestyle will always praise Him louder. God will not accept a sacrifice of praise until we bring a sacrifice of life (Amos 5:21–24).

Church Praise

Carried Forth in an Orderly Manner

Paul admonished the Corinthian church for everything to be done “decently an in order” (I Corinthians 14:40, KJV). In our worship services, everything must be done in subject to the spiritual authority in the service. Our spiritual leadership will guide the church to follow the flow of God’s Spirit so everyone can be ministered unto. We need to come up as one voice (one body) before the Lord (II Chronicles 5:13).

Results in Benefits

When the church worships together, we create an atmosphere of faith that we could not create by ourselves. Adding faith to faith, worship to worship, etc. will all result in greater power and anointing (Deuteronomy 32:30). God will inhabit the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3)! Where God sets up His throne there will be power, authority, healing, deliverance, etc. This will be loosed in the collective praise of the people.

Difference Between Praise and Worship

The mention of both praise and worship across the Old and New Testament is almost always noted as an action. Worship is our ability to reverence the Lord and to assign worth to Him. We are to give Him due glory and honor (Psalms 29:2). He is seeking for people to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23–24).

Scripture tells us Hallelujah is the highest praise (Psalms 148:1), and this means “praise the Lord!” Praise is about celebrating God’s power and what He’s done. Praise is typically linked to music and is especially vocal in nature (expressive, loud, and joyful)! Praise is defined and characterized in many ways through the book of Psalms.

Hallel

This type of praise will boast, celebrate, and shout in jubilation the praises of God. It is referenced more than 160 times in the Old Testament, and was called to be expressed in the times of festivals (Old Testament) and in the services/sanctuary (New Testament). We are commanded to make a joyful noise unto the Lord and to make a loud noise (Psalms 98:4).

Yadah

This type of praise involves the extension of the hand, in a throwing or waving motion. It is referenced more than 120 times in the Old Testament. We are called to lift up our hands in the sanctuary when we praise the Lord (Psalms 134:2).

Tehillah

This type of praise is a song or hymn of praise, providing thanksgiving to God for what He has done. It is referenced 57 times in the Old Testament, surrounding times when God’s glory was publically declared. We are to testify of God’s greatness to others (Psalms 22:22) and His praise should continually be in our mouth (Psalms 34:1).

Zamar

This type of praise is completed on an instrument. Scripture tells us to praise him on the musical instruments (Psalms 150). We can find in the Old Testament during services, people praised God on all manner of instruments (II Samuel 6:5). This is why we have song service and use instruments to accompany our praise!

Shabach

This type of praise is completed in a loud tone—we are to use a loud voice when we praise! Scripture wants us to shout with a voice of triumph unto the Lord (Psalms 47:1). We need to split the atmosphere with our voice!

Needful Praise and Worship

Part of our spiritual growth is our commitment to praise and worship. An unbeliever can respond to worship and praise, and the atmosphere they feel when they come to church. But, only a believer can create an atmosphere. We must be praisers and worshippers!

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on February 03, 2016