Limitless Praise & Worship
Praise & Worship seem to be universal. Have you ever heard of an explorer finding a new tribe or culture that doesn’t worship? Worship is a natural instinct and a basic need for every person. A simple definition of worship is to regard with great devotion or to honor as a divine being. Take a second to think about what you are most devoted to in this life and ask yourself, “Is it worthy of my devotion; do I worship a divine being?”
You’ve probably heard someone at church say, “We are going to have a Praise & Worship Experience.
True Meaning of Praise & Worship Experience
What once began as a simple catchphrase to attract people towards Christian music has morphed into vague Christian-ese. We’ve tossed the phrase around without stopping to consider the meaning behind the words. The unintended result is that music, one of God’s gifts to aid us in worshiping, has for many become an end in itself. The danger of overfamiliarity and of misusing biblical terms is that the purity of our praise and worship actually ends up diluted.
When I was a new Christian, I was oblivious to the various Christian phrases being taught to me. All I knew was the experience I was having with God. As I began to grow spiritually, Christian lingo became a part of my Christian life ― somehow dulling out those experiences I used to have. I had become numb in a way. No longer was praise & worship experience with God; it was just another part of the “church” experience.
So, I decided to do some research on my own and get back to the basics. Here is what I discovered.
Praise & Worship is Equally Important to us all
We don’t all worship the same God, but everyone worships something or someone. Since we all worship, we should question the reason for this desire. The most logical conclusion is that we were created by a higher being for the very purpose of worship.
The ongoing quest of man is to find answers to the fundamental questions of human origin, human nature, and human destiny. There is one book that has the answers to all these questions, including our questions about worship. The Bible is a wonderful and mysterious book that God has chosen as a way to communicate with us.
God is the focus of our devotion in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. In Exodus 20:2-3, God says, “I am the LORD your God…You shall have no other gods before me.” In Matthew 4:10, Jesus says, “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” So, worship is not merely a natural instinct, it’s a command from God.
Praise and Worship – Why Should We do it?
God alone is worthy of our devotion, praise & worship. He is God, our Creator, and we are commanded to praise and worship Him. Psalm 96:9 says, “Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.” Psalm 29:2 says, “Give unto the Lord the glory due to his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
A.W. Tozer said, “Without worship, we go about miserable.” God doesn’t want us to be miserable — He has a perfect plan for our lives. He has done so many things to show us that He loves us and doesn’t want us to be miserable. He wants us to have hope for a future with Him –he wants us to have eternal life in heaven with Him.
A life of praise and worship fills our deepest needs, and amazingly, it also brings great joy to God. Zephaniah 3:17 states, “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
Praise and Worship – How Do We do it?
God tells us how to praise and worship him in His Word. John 4:23 says, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” In order to worship God in truth, we need to know that Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” So, before you can worship in the way that God desires, you have to develop a relationship with Him through faith in Jesus, His Son.
The best way that we can praise and worship God is with our every thought and action. Romans 12:1-2 states, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Praise and Worship – Love from the Heart
Many people think that praise and worship are only singing songs at church, but it is so much more! It is also a condition of your heart — a willingness to exalt God and yield to his will. Worship is an expression of love and awe to the God who gives us more than we deserve. Whether you express your worship by singing, playing music, dancing or in some other way, remember that you are called to worship God with your every action, every day of your life. God is holy, loving, and worthy of all our worship and devotion.
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”(Deuteronomy 6:5).
In conclusion, Praise & Worship Experience is not just a title to be assigned to describe an activity. Rather it is a complete way of life for one who follows Christ. Praise & worship are in fact to be the foundation on which we live our lives.
As an example, without both, we can’t possibly be effective at being the hands and feet of God. To accomplish this, worship of God and of Him alone must be the first priority at all times. Through our worship of Him and the intimacy that comes through such worship, praise for Him will naturally flow from our actions and words. In doing this our lives will be a true reflection of Christ, from the inside out.