Hosanna Hillsong Worship True worship to the only wise God our Savior
Understanding the difference between praise and worship can bring a new depth to the way we honor the Lord. Throughout the Bible, there are commands to “praise the Lord” are too numerous to mention. Angels and the heavenly hosts are also commanded to praise the God (Psalm 89:5; 103:20; 148:2). All creation of the earth are encouraged to praise the Lord (Psalm 138:4; Romans 15:11). We can praise God with singing (Isaiah 12:5; Psalm 9:11), with shouting (Psalm 33:1; 98:4), with the dance (Psalm 150:4), and with string instruments (1 Chronicles 13:8; Psalm 108:2; 150:3-5).
Praise is the joyful appreciation for all God has done for us. It is closely intertwined with thanksgiving as we offer back to God appreciation for His mighty works on our behalf. Praise is universal and can be applied to other relationships. We can give God praise for our family, friends, boss, or paperboy. Praise does not require anything of us. It is merely the sincere acknowledgment of the righteous acts of another. Since God has done many wonderful deeds, He is worthy of praise (Psalm 18:3).
Worship, however, comes from a different place within our spirits. Worship should be reserved for God alone (Luke 4:8). Worship is the art of losing self in the adoration of another. Praise can be a part of worship, but worship goes beyond praise. Praise is easy; worship is not. Worship gets to the heart of who we are. To truly worship God, we must let go of our self-worship. We must be willing to humble ourselves before God, surrender every part of our lives to His control, and adore Him for who He is, not just what He has done. Worship is a way of life, not just an occasional activity. Jesus said the Father is seeking those who will worship Him “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23).
Encourage Yourself: Sincere worship will help you in many of your life’s situations. You will love giving God worship!