PRAISE PRECEDES WORSHIP
There is a difference between praise and worship. Most churches begin with a time of praise songs before they move into a deeper and more worshipful set. Praise is upbeat, joyful, energetic and full of powerful punctuations of gratitude for who God is and what He has done for us. When you read Psalm 100:4, picture a parade marching into a courtyard with shouts of joy.
"Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name."
Worship is a form of adoration. In humbleness we surrender to God. We give Him space to speak to us. While praise declares our gratitude, worship displays our devotion. Making room for God to speak to us. We can praise other people or things, worship is reserved only for God. In Luke 4:8 we read, "For it is written in the Scriptures, ‘Only one is worthy of your adoration. You will worship before the Lord your God and love him supremely."
Praise can be exciting as evidenced by dancing, shouting and loud, boisterous music. The word "blessed" in Greek is translated as "eulogeō" and pronounced, yü-lo-ge'-o. It is used to mean,
- to praise, celebrate with praises
- to invoke blessings
- to consecrate a thing with solemn prayers
- to ask God's blessing on a thing
- pray God to bless it to one's use
- pronounce a consecratory blessing on
- of God
- to cause to prosper, to make happy, to bestow blessings on
- favoured of God, blessed
- Blue Letter Bible Strong's Concordance Outline of Biblical Usage
“Blessed (celebrated, praised) is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory (majesty, splendor) in the highest [heaven]!”
Some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples
for shouting these Messianic praises].”
Jesus replied, “I tell you, if these [people] keep silent, the stones will cry out [in praise]!”
Did you read the part about enthusiastically and joyfully with loud voices?
Worship moves us into a quieter place of almost being still and knowing He is God. Praise and worship can be blended together, but worship is always the deeper of the two. The Greek word for worship is, "proskyneō" and pronounced, "pros-kü-ne'-o." The Outline of Biblical Usage gives worship the meanings of, 1. to kiss the hand to (towards) one, in token of reverence
2. among the Orientals, esp. the Persians, to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence
3. in the NT by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication
4. used of homage shown to men and beings of superior rank
5. to the Jewish high priests, to God, to Christ, to heavenly beings, to demons Outline of Biblical Usage
DAY 19 WORD
Praise him with drums and dancing!
Praise him with the loud, resounding clash of cymbals!
Praise him with every instrument you can find!
Psalm 150:4 TPT
It’s time to sing and shout for joy!
Go ahead, all you redeemed ones, do it!
Praise him with all you have,
for praise looks lovely on the lips of God’s lovers.
My heart is confident in you, O God;
no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart!
Wake up, lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn with my song.
I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
I will sing your praises among the nations
Psalm 108:1-3 NLT
But a time is coming and is already here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit [from the heart, the inner self] and in truth; for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers.
John 4:23 AMP
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
Tremble [in submissive wonder] before Him, all the earth.
Psalm 96:9 AMP
Come, let’s bow down and worship him.
Let’s kneel before the Lord who made us
Psalm 95:6 ICB
DAY 19 PRAYER
Thank You Father God for causing us to praise you in thanksgiving and worship you in surrender. The more of ourselves we give up to You the greater works You do through us. We surrender all and we praise You for all You've created in us and for us. We worship You in spirit and in truth.
In Jesus name.
DAY 19 DEEP THOUGHTS
- Praise is a celebration of thanksgiving.
- Worship is a surrender and listening.
- Praise opens up the heavenlies within us.
- Worship creates space within us for God's Presence.
- Praise speaks loudly.
- Worship listens for His still small voice.