The Power In Praise and Worship
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Praise and Worship is Powerful
Praise and worship is powerful, and oh so wonderful! The power in praise and worship goes beyond what you could imagine! Praise and worship is one of the keys to coming to know Jesus better. Yet some don't understand praise and worship or the true purpose of it.
So i thought i would take the time to explain what praise and worship really is and the power behind praise and worship when done right. There can not be true worship without praise, praise produces worship. Praise means to speak well of God, praise is to acknowledge what God has done. Praise invokes God's presence. It gets God's attention, it creates an atmosphere. Praise is to the new Testament what sacrifices, and offering was to the Old Testament, praise is sacrifice. Psalm 22:3 says that God inhabits the praises of His people, so when God's people praise Him, He draws near and worship results. God has given each of us a praise ministry with a worship "team" that is never any farther away than an inch below our noise: our lips, mouth, and tongue.
God does not need either our praise or our worship-He is God no matter what we do or don't do-but we need His presence. God's presence comes through our praise. If we desire to live abundant lifestyle, we must learn to cultivate a continual environment of praise. Hebrews 13:15says, "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess His name." Praise is a sacrificial offering to God, the spiritual "first-fruits" of our lips.
One way to look at praise is to think of it as "bragging" on God. When we praise the Lord, we are telling Him all the good and wonderful things about Himself. Praise is bragging on God's nature, attributes, and character; it is agreeing with God concerning what He has already told us about Himself.
When we praise God, His presence comes near, and in His presence all our true glory can be released. We cannot create this environment of praise completely on our own. That's why Christ gave us His Spirit. Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing" In our own strength we can do nothing. When we abide in Christ and remain joined to Him as the branch is joined to the vine, we can do anything He wants us to do. Praise is something we can do anytime, anywhere. As we learn to exercise our personal praise ministry, we can create "islands of Eden" around us wherever we go. There is an inseparable link between our praise and the manifest presence of God.
How Praise and Worship Attracts the Presence Of God
One thing i want to make crystal clear is the importance of the presence of God. It is one thing to know of God's omnipresence, but quite another to experience the reality of His personal presence on a continuing day-to-day basis. Before anything else, we need the presence of God. Everything else in life depends on God's presence.
Praise attracts the presence of God. True praise is an exercise, a discipline that flows from a pure heart and a humble spirit. When we brag about God we are acknowledging His sovereignty and Lordship as well as our own dependence on Him. That spirit of humility is just what God is looking for in us. If we approach God with a humble spirit He will do two things: When we come near God, He will come near to us; and when we humble ourselves before Him, He will lift us up.
One of the ways we come near to God is through praise because praise establishes an environment in which God is pleased to dwell. When we lift up praise we are agreeing with God concerning Himself. Praise reverses the sin of the Garden of Eden because we are now agreeing with God concerning Himself and His words. When we say, Oh Lord, You're beautiful, He says, I agree with that. I'm coming closer. We say, Oh Lord, You're mighty, and He says, Finally, You agree with Me! I'm coming closer. Praise is always positive.
Sin is rebellion against God, but praise reflects our relationship with a loving God. We can praise God because we have a relationship with Him through Christ. When we praise God we draw near to Him, agree with what He has said about His nature, attributes, and character, and create an environment conducive to His presence. As a result, He draws near to us. Praise attracts God's Presence.
How Praise and Worship Maintains The Presence of God
If praise is necessary to attract God's presence, then it is also necessary to maintain His presence. The Bible depicts God on His throne in Heaven surrounded by an atmosphere of unceasing praise, (Isaiah 6:1-4). In the book of Revelation, John describes God as seated on a throne guarded by four angelic beings who praise Him continually., (Rev. 4:8).Taking their cue from the four angels, the 24 elders surrounding the throne also lift up their praise, (Rev. 4:11).
The inhabitants of Heaven praise God with undiluted and undivided devotion. Likewise for us, praise that not only attracts but also maintains God's presence must be offered from hearts that are wholly devoted to Him. Half-hearted praise won't cut it. We are to praise God at all times, even when we don't feel like it. The wonderful thing about praise is that when we start doing it even though we're not in the mood, before long the very act of praise will put us in the mood.
Although our feelings and mood changes, the position of our heart should not, and it is our heart that God looks at. That is why David was called a man after God's own heart. Because his heart was always positioned toward God, even when his feelings or moods led him into sin. A humble heart praises God; a proud heart does not. True praise comes only from a humble heart that is focused on God.
How A Humble Heart Is Key For True Praise and Worship
Halfhearted or insincere praise does not honor god, and He will not then honor us with His presence. God is holy and will not pretend that we are honoring Him when we really are not. This was one of the great repeated sins of the nation of Israel. Praise and worship degenerated into meaningless and hypocritical ritual where the so-called "praise" on their lips was completely detached from the attitude in their hearts, because true praise comes from a humble heart looking that is focused on God, (Isaiah 29:13).
Jesus quoted this same verse when He challenged the Pharisees over their practice of placing the traditions of men above the laws of God, (Mt. 15: 1-9). The full blessings of the presence of God are reserved for those who come to Him and praise Him with a whole heart. David the psalmist described that kind of people, which by the way is one of my favorite verse in the bible, ( Psalm 24:3-6)!
Whenever we praise the Lord with our lips but our heart is not in it, He won't pretend it is real, even if we do. That's why it is so important for us to fully engage both our minds and our hearts in our praise. Wholehearted praise maintains God's presence!
How To Praise and Worship His Presence Into Place
Throughout the Bible we find examples of God's presence being ushered in by the praise of His people. The pattern is common enough for us to conclude that, generally speaking, praise is a prerequisite for the presence of God.
This is not absolute, of course, because God is sovereign, accountable to no one except Himself, and works in whatever way suits His purpose. For example, the Bible does not tell us whether or not Abram was praising God before God spoke to him and promised to grow a nation from his descendants. Likewise, we do not know if Moses was engaged in praise prior to his encounter with God's presence in the burning bush.
In general, however, God does not visit His people with His presence without their first lifting up His praise. It is critical to note that, we do not invite God's presence in, or even pray His presence in, as much as we praise His presence into a place. This is a principle by which God Himself has chosen to work. Several examples from the scriptures will illustrate this. When Joshua was preparing to lead the Israelites to conquer the walled city of Jericho, God gave him special instructions (see Joshua 6:2-5;20).
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How Praise and Worship Brings About Victory
Although in the passage of scripture in Joshua, it does not specifically state that the Israelite were praising God, the Hebrew word "rua", which is here translated "shout" and "shouted", is the same word used in Psalm 100:1 and Psalm 95:1 and translated "shout joyfully," or make a joyful noise." Other meanings include "battle cry," "shout of triumph,' and "sound an alarm." "Rua" was used to denote any shout of joy or praise. In fact in public worship it would denote praise of the most animated kind. The priest blew the trumpets; the people raised a great shout of joy, triumph, and praise; God's presence and power came down; and the walls of Jericho fell flat. When the praise went up the presence came down.
On the day of Pentecost, 120 believers were gathered together in an upper room in Jerusalem when the presence of God came down and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. This was in fulfillment of Jesus' promises to them. Jesus gave the last two of these promises on the day He ascended to Heave; the Spirit came ten days later. The disciples were not idle during that time, however. They spent those days preparing for His coming by creating an environment of praise.
Once, in the city of Philippi, Paul and Silas found themselves thrown into jail on trumped-up charges by the owners of a slave girl who had made her masters alot of money fortune-telling until Paul cast the demon out of her. Stripped, severely beaten, and with there feet locked in stocks, the two missionaries were not in a conducive environment for God's presence. So they decided to create their own (Acts 16:25-26).
The basic definition of the word hymn is "a song of praise to God." Paul and Silas were singing praise songs to the Lord when His presence came down and shook the foundations of the prison. Paul and Silas sang praises unto God, they were singing hymns of praise to God. So as you can clearly see praise was present in the prison before the presence came down. Through praise, Paul and Silas turned their prison into an "Eden" of God's presence. As a result, that same night the jailer and his entire family were saved.
Worship Is the Ultimate Intimate Experience
I have laid a good foundation so far on praise and now it is time to go into worship and how worship results when God accepts our praise and manifest His presence to us. But first i want to lay a little ground work to tell you what worship means.
Worship: Comes from the word; (Worth) which means, the quality or value of something. So what is of most worth to you?
Worship is the ultimate intimate experience. Worship goes beyond the flesh; praise is wonderful and anyone can and should praise Him! But worship is special and it takes you into a deeper intimate experience with the Lord!
You know you have been in true worship when you started worshiping with a heavy load, lot's of hurt, heart ache and pain; and then when your finish. You've left that behind on the altar because you get up, light and worry free. Better yet God took it away from you because He was (worth) more to you than your problems and pain and you said to your self no matter what I'm going to press my way into His presence!
Worship is an outward experience of an inward change.
The purpose of worship is to bring us closer to the Lord, to change us, make us like Him, and to get to know the Lord.
The place of worship is created in praise, Judah means praise.
The position of worship begins with a prostrate soul. The soulish man meaning his flesh has to be reeled in because the spirit is always willing but the flesh is weak and contrary to the spirit.
When the soul is prostate before the Lord you are presenting yourself as humble before Him.
The power of worship; what happens when you are in worship?
1. Things change.
2. You get instructions.
3. you get direction.
4. You get revelation.
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Spirit and Truth Worship
There are 4 types of worship.
1. Vain worship. Mt. 15:9
2. Ignorant worship. Acts17:23
3. Will worship, self worship, worship that satisfies the flesh. Col. 2:20-23
4. Spirit and Truth Worship, the real and only worship. John 4:20-24
The spirit represents the shadows and types of the Old Testament, to prepare Him a place; the tab. was the place. This means now i have done away with that cause i am the tab, the place.
In truth, you can't praise without worship; meaning He being (worth) it to you.
Posture is knowing how to worship going from the shadow and types into the spirit and truth.
You must offer your sacrifice by faith; example Heb. 11:4. You know your praise is acceptable because you enter into a state of worship and God shows up to commune with you and you leave out light and burden free.
Here is something i called the 5 P's
1. Purpose- to change us and make Him known to us
2. Place- it's created in praise
3. Position- the soul is not in himself under subjection to the spirit, so we must prostrate our soul to humble us.
4. Posture- knowing how to worship in spirit and truth.
5. Power- what happens when in worship; you get instructions, direction, revelation, and things change.
Praise Is What I Do
Worship Is What God Releases When You Praise Him
I want everyone to know that there is a difference between praise and worship. Praise is both a precursor to and a part of worship, but the two are not the same. For praise is something we do, while worship is something God releases. We initiate praise; it comes from within our hearts. As we perfect or mature our praise, as we come into one accord with one another, and as our spirit aligns with God's Spirit, He releases His presence into our midst. That mingling of God's presence with our praise is called worship.
Worship, then, begins with us as we lift up our praise, but it ends with God as He releases His presence among us. True worship requires both. We can praise the Lord until we're blue in the face, sing all sorts of songs, even work up a hot and holy sweat by our efforts, but if God's presence does not come down, we have not worshiped. On the other hand, God cannot release His presence without worshipers to receive Him. If it true that we seek God's presence, it is equally true that He seeks worshipers. Jesus once said to a Samaritan woman that "....for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks...." (John 4:23-24).
To "worship in spirit and truth" has the idea of mingling with God spirit to Spirit with our hearts attuned to His heart and our thoughts attuned to His thoughts. In fact, the Greek word for "worship," literally means to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand; to prostrate oneself in homage. Worship then means to show honor, worth-ship, and obeisance to royalty. It is also a word suggestive of intimate contact, of being in the very presence of someone of great importance, and of a companion who is always at his mater's side. Worship involves intimacy; in-to-me-see; see-in-to-me.
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True Praise and Worship Requires A Pure Heart
Worship takes place when God dwells in our praise and begins to mingle with us. In a sense, we get close enough to God to kiss Him. Ultimately, worship depends not on us, but on God. God wants nothing more than to mingle with us in unbroken and unhindered fellowship, but it is not automatic. He requires that we desire Him and seek Him with all our heart, but He also promises that when we do that, we will find Him. "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13).
This is why pure-hearted, wholehearted praise is so important as i spoke of before. Because without praise there is no presence, and without presence there is no worship. Tragically, this is exactly what happens week after week after week in thousands of churches all over the world. Many churches have not experienced genuine worship in years. They follow the same format every week, sing the same hymns or praise and worship songs the same way all the time, hear the same kinds of powerless prayers and the same insipid sermons every week, and the spirit is as dead as a doornail because their heart is no longer in it. Sad to say that this is true not only in many "mainline" churches, but in many evangelical and Pentecostal/charismatic churches as well.
God doesn't want it to be this way. He wants to bless us with His presence. The critical issue is the condition of our heart. If we seek God with a humble, hungry, and whole heart, lifting up sincere, heartfelt praise, He will respond by drawing us into His presence. In this way, we can recreate "Eden" through praise.
This whole matter of praise and worship also relates to exposing our hidden glory. When we praise God, He sends His presence, and His presence releases the glory. When we live in "Eden" our glory will come out. That's the way God designed things from the beginning. What this means is that worship involves much more than just praise of our lips. It also involves the meditations of our heart and the work that we do. Our worship consists not only of acknowledging God's nature, attributes, and character with our praise and thanksgiving, but also in our work, our good deeds, our service, and our lifestyle. When we live and walk in "Eden," everything we say, think, and do becomes an act of worship.