Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth; yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. −1 Chronicles 16:29 ESV
Music is the avenue most people associate with praise and worship, however, there are several ways we can worship and praise God. Here are some ways that will truly help us develop a lifestyle of praise and worship.
usic has been around since before God created the Earth. The angels worshiped God in song. Scripture says in Job 38:7 that the “morning stars [the angelic host] sang together” at the creation. Satan was a morning star before he sinned (Isaiah 14:12). Many people join churches because the choir or praise team is good, so often it is a heightened part of the service.
Praying, Scripture reading, sharing testimonies, listening to a sermon, giving an offering, and communion can also be considered acts of praise or worship to God. However, true praise and worship is not a church thing. It’s a way of life that the Lord GOD wants every Believer to develop. Not for His benefit, but for ours. Praise and worship are often thought of as one thing, but they are different. Understanding the difference between the two can draw us into a closer relationship with the Father.
Praise expresses admiration and thanksgiving for something someone has done. Praise can be given to God, our family, friends, boss, and others. Regarding God, praise is acknowledgment and appreciation of what He has done for us. It is our way of giving thanks to Him. God is a good and loving Father. He is truly worthy of our praise. The book of Psalms gives us many reasons why praise is important, as well as examples of praise to God that include both angels and humans singing, dancing, shouting, and playing musical instruments (Psalm 69:30, 148:1–14,150).
Praise can be a part of worship, but worship goes beyond praise. Worship should be reserved for God alone (Luke 4:8). The word worship means to bow low, but it’s not a position of bowing the knee as much as a posture of the heart. It is love and appreciation for God that comes from the core of the worshiper. Some people attend church and get caught up in praising God but never worship Him.
Jesus said in Matthew 15:8-9, “These people honor me only with their words, for their hearts are so very distant from me. They pretend to worship me, but their worship is nothing more than the empty traditions of men.” (The Passion Translation)
Jesus told the Samaritan woman that “an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem … an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.” He went on to say, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth” (John 4:21, 23, 24).
Paul said, “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
As a born again Believer, being a living sacrifice is not just something you do, it’s who you are. Worship requires sacrifice. These scriptures show that true worship is giving yourself to God. We must be willing to humble ourselves and surrender every part of our lives to God.
There are several ways to praise and worship God which includes ways other than music. Ways that will truly help us develop a lifestyle of praise and worship. One of the key things to remember is that authentic praise and worship begins in the heart.
Prayer Is an Avenue of Praise and Worship. I call prayer, praise, and worship “the triple threat”. Prayer is communicating with God, having a loving relationship with Him. I’m a firm believer that including scripture in our prayers helps us to focus on what’s important to God. Praying the Promises of God, combined with praising and worshiping God is are powerful weapons for Christians.
Giving Is an Avenue of Praise and Worship. God does not need your money, time, or talent, however, when you give out of a heart of gratitude and sacrifice you are saying God, “All I have is Yours.” Scripture says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).
Dance Is Another Form of Praise and Worship. David danced while praising the Lord. He wrote of praising the Lord in dance in the Psalms (1 Samuel 30:16; 2 Samuel 6:14-16, Psalm 30:11; 149:3; 150:4). If you enjoy dancing use your dancing to express your praise, joy, love, and celebration of the Lord. Just remember to keep it tasteful.
Praise and Worship God Through Your Writing. If you love writing, your love of writing is no coincidence! As a Christian writer, your writing is an act of worship. Writing your prayers, and thoughts of God’s goodness is a wonderful way to praise and worship God. Use the talents He has given you to glorify Him and grow closer to Him. Father God is delighted when we use the gifts He has given us for His glory. Remember the "Parable of the Talents", in Matthew 25:14–30? Worship Him with the offering of our words.
Praise and Worship God Through Prayer Writing. Prayer is the heartbeat of praise and worship and vital in the entrance into the presence of God. David poured out his heart out to God in the Psalms. The book of Psalms can be a major inspiration for what a written-out prayer might look like. When you write to experience all that this avenue will bring, let your words, thoughts, and tone be your own. Write whatever pops into your heart. Keep a detailed record of how God is working. You’re going to be surprised!
Praise and Worship God Through Scripture Writing. Writing out the Scriptures go hand-in-hand with reading and studying the Bible and a wonderful way to build up your prayer life, learn to meditate on the Word, and praise and worship God. You may think it’s just copying Scriptures, but it is more than copying words. It is a great way to learn and meditate on Scripture because when you are writing out the Scriptures, you must slow down to read the words and you notice the details. Your understanding and faith will increase, joy and gratitude will fill your heart and before you know it words bubble forth in praise and worship.
Praise and Worship God by Admiring His Creation. Go for a walk and pay attention to nature, the beauty of the world (block out the turmoil). Notice the flowers and the trees, the sky and clouds, seasonal changes. Take a walk through the zoo. The walking will do wonders for your health, and your appreciation of the Father. Consider gardening and playing in the dirt. The key is spending some alone time talking with God. Think about the family God has blessed you with admiring their beauty and complexity.
Developing a lifestyle of praise and worship produces good fruit in your life, and helps us draw closer to Him, which results in us experiencing His life-changing power and grace. You can use the avenues of praise and worship listed above to give God glory or be creative in your own expressions. No matter how you praise and worship God remember that your heart is the most important part. It’s just as important to understand that praising and worshiping God should not be ritualistic.
Share what your favorite way of praising and worshiping God is.
On December 29th, the last Sunday of 2019, God gave me a word that we were about to enter into a decade of greater, double portion. Then in March COVID–19 showed up and with no end in sight to this pandemic, people are crying the world is coming to an end. Many have stopped making life plans because of the fear that has taken over their mind. Yet God had me prophesy on the last Sunday of 2019 that we would step in a decade of greater. Along with the word that we are stepping into a decade of greater, He has also said that we are in a great harvest season.
Praise the Lord!!! This year is moving right along, some may say very quickly, and some may say not fast enough with all the drama going on! But Halleluiah here we are, we made it to August, the 8th month of the year. I'm grateful, excited and expecting a move of God in the coming months. Yes the first part of the year has been tough for nearly everyone. But I am sensing that some people will receive a new beginning, some will have some dormant dreams and things that they thought had died resurrected, and some will receive regeneration in their lives in several areas.
Are going through some challenges, setbacks, or dark moments in life? Have you been searching high and low for your breakthrough? I want you to know that what you're going through is just a phase, a process. When everything that can go wrong goes wrong, you are on the brink of breakthrough!
Can't Sleep? In times of great stress and anxiety, prayer makes a difference. Before you retire for the night take time to pray this prayer for peaceful sleep.
This is a great question that many people ask. Maybe you yourself have pondered it. Every Christian in the world wrestles with sin every single day of his or her life.
Jesus said in John 10:10 that Satan comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. His native language is lie (John 8:44). He has been trying to deceive man since the Garden through a clever line of reasoning.
The Body of Christ is made up of individuals at every possible level of spirituality. Some people are fully aware of the Believer's freedom and liberty in Jesus, and they live accordingly.
It is almost impossible to escape profanity, vulgarity, and immorality in today’s society. It is on the television, in the movies and in our music, on the side of buses, in our books and pretty much everywhere we look.
Have you been praying about a situation in your life and waiting for a breakthrough? Maybe you feel as though victory is passing you by. God is sovereign. Only He can see the big picture. I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. I certainly didn’t. I had to learn to wait and trust God.
“Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.” − Psalm 68:1-2
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.” - Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NKJV)
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the world is full of darkness. Because of sin, we all experience things God never intended us to experience. Sin has brought brokenness, heartache, pain, and tears. Light improves our vision, so it is important that we acquire the Light of Christ and remain in it.
Today as I sought God on what to pray about and meditate on I had no clue until I received a phone call from a loved one. Immediately after I hung up, I heard the words “God Breaks Cycles.”
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 NLT
As Christians the greatest battle that we face is the battle with our own mind. What we think on (meditate on) we believe, do, and say. Proverbs 23:7 tells us as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
Most parents and grandparents want what is best for their children. There isn’t anything a good mother or earthly father won’t do for their children. God is a good Father. Scripture says, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! " (Matthew 7:11)
Wow! We made it to 2020. Now what shall we do with the new mercy that God has given us. I believe because God’s laws are for our good (Deuteronomy 10:13) there is nothing more important that we can do as we move forward into the new year than write God’s word on our heart.
Holiday meals may be a challenge for some cancer patients. Get help with these course-by-course recipes and tips to help plan your holiday meals with these tips from the registered dietitians at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Not just for those with cancer, but good for all.
The holiday season is here, and for many of us, that can mean packing on unwanted pounds. The registered dietitians at Cancer Treatment Centers of America work closely with cancer patients on how to stay properly nourished through their treatment journey and have compiled some tips on how to enjoy that holiday party without splurging on the calories. As you read through their tips, you will see that healthy eating is good for us all.