Praise and Worship

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the things that I have learned over the years working with Jesus to bring Tehillah to you.

When I started looking into this whole subject area, the Lord spoke these words to me "true worshippers are those who sing, rejoice and declare Gods goodness not because they have seen His hand move, but because they have a witness in their Spirit and heart that God Is through Jesus".

Umm. When you are having a quiet time with Jesus, and He whispers these things to you, they are precious. For me it made the scripture "blessed are those who believe, yet they have not seen" take on a deeper and fresh meaning.

But I needed more understanding. I started with a number of familiar scriptures, John 4:24 "God is spirit, and the those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." Romans 12:1 "Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." Psalms 100:4-5 "Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give him thanks! Praise his name!" 100:5 "For the LORD is good. His loyal love endures, and he is faithful through all generations." And Psalms 141:2 "May you accept my prayer like incense, my uplifted hands like the evening offering!"

You can but wonder what Jesus meant when He said what He said in John 4:24. I've heard all kinds of definitions, all of them plausible. But I've never really been satisfied. So I put it to the Lord and waited on Him for an answer. He lead me, to acquire a better understanding of the words "praise" and "worship".

The first thing to understand is that praise can manifest itself in seven different forms:

Yadah Vigorously extending your hands
Towdah Thanksgiving expressed by extending your hands
Halal To boast, rave, brag, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish
Shabak To shout loudly, to command (Ps 35:27, 47:1, 63:1-4, 117:1)
Barak To kneel, to bless God, to bow down (none of these imply a begging attitude, but an expectant one) (Ps 72:12-15, Judges 5:2)
Zamor To touch strings in rejoicing (Ps:57:8)
Tehillah To sing praises (Ps 22:3, He inhabits our praises)

Praise is a spontaneous act: Job 38:4-7, Rev: 4:6-11
And man should learn to praise: Ps 90:14-16, Ecc 8:15, 9:7, 11:9

So what about worship. Well I know that for many people, worship is a particular way in which songs are sung. And for most churches this idea is enforced by the first act that is performed on Sunday morning i.e. Praise and Worship. But worship is much more just singing songs. In actual fact, I remember the thing the Lord spoke to me when I started this discussion, "a witness in their heart and spirit".

Worship is an expression of homage to God, because He is worthy. It is expressed through adoration, thanksgiving, prayers of all kinds, the offering of sacrifices and making vows.

In Romans 12:1, we see, that the way in which we present and keep our bodies, is our spiritual worship. Suddenly John 4:24 came to life. When Jesus said "true worshippers worship in spirit and truth", he was implying that the way in which we live our lives, and how we present our bodies to God is our act of worship. It also became clear to me, that vocal worship is birthed out of a life of worship. True worship isn't done just on a Sunday morning, but it's a life style. Wow!!! You have got to look at 1Pet 2:5, go for it!

Check out some of these scriptures to get as excited as I am:
- Mark 10:45, Heb 13:15-16

I hope this has blessed you. If you are not a Christian and are looking for a church in which you will be strengthened and somewhere to grow in the knowledge and understanding of Jesus, become a confident person and participate in refreshing times of worship, why not join us at the kings Heath Community Centre on Sunday mornings. Or join us on Wednesday evenings for times of prayer and fellowship.

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