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Praise and Worship: What's the Difference?

Updated on January 06, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks: Ordained Minister of Christian Education, BA English; MA Christian Education; M.Div. Divinity, Writer, 2011.

Your personal praise and worship you do during the week should enhance your corporate praise and worship on Sunday mornings. The corporate praise and worship you do on Sunday morning should enhance your personal praise and worship all week long. You should enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. So, you see you bring praise to church with you instead of coming “to get your praise on.”

What is Praise?
Praise means “to commend, to applaud or to magnify.” Praise to God is an expression of worship, lifting up and glorifying God. It is an expression of humbling ourselves and centering our attention upon the Lord with heart-felt expressions of love, adoration and thanksgiving. High praises bring our spirit into a pinnacle of fellowship and intimacy with God. It magnifies our awareness of our spiritual union with the Most High God. Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural and into the power of God.

Praise has more to do with music than worship does. Scriptures such as 1 Samuel 10, 1 Samuel 16, 2 Kings 3 and 1 Chronicles 25 teach us that music served as an instrument to release God's power and prophetic anointing. The Israelites at the wall of Jericho and Gideon's army used music with their praise to bring down God's mighty presence.

Praise is NEVER silent. It is ALWAYS vocal. You have to say it; that is if you have breath. It is not praise unless it is audible. (Psalm 92:1, 95:1, 100:1, 111; 103:1-5; 111, 116:17; 145:1; 145:4a)

There are many actions involved with praise to God — verbal expressions of adoration and thanksgiving, singing, playing instruments, shouting, dancing, lifting or clapping our hands. But true praise is not “merely” going through these motions. Genuine praise to God should not be an outward show. It is a matter of humility and sincere devotion to the Lord that comes from within. Jesus calls those hypocrites who do it just for show. (Matthew 23:25).

Purposes of Praise

  • To praise is to be obedient to the word of God.
  • Praise elevates us into the presence and power of God
  • Praise sends the enemy running.
  • God is pleased with our praise.
  • God inhabits our praise.

 

What is Worship?
The true meaning of the word ‘worship' in the Old Testament meant to “bow down, to prostrate oneself, to look toward, or kiss toward”. These descriptions tell us that worship is both the heart's attitude and physical action before or towards God. It involves our whole being. It is a word that describes our relationship with God. Worship comes from the word “worthy.”

Personal worship is not complete worship. Personal worship creates a desire for corporate worship. "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm. 34:3)

Genuine personal worship must and will lead to corporate worship. Perhaps this is because no individual worshiper can provide sufficient response to God's majesty. The fullness of God's nature requires a response from the diversity of the body of Christ. As individuals begin to appreciate God's character in personal worship, they are driven to corporate worship.

Why Do We Worship?

  • Worship is commanded by God. (Psalms 22:23)
  • God is worthy of our worship and praise. (Psalms 18:3)
  • Worship glorifies God. (Psalms 50:23)
  • It helps develop our relationship with God. (Mark 12:30)
  • It releases the power of God's presence. (Psalm 22:3)
  • We become like what we worship. (Psalm 106:19-20; 2 Corinthians 3:18 )
  • It is the proper way to come before God. (Psalm 100:1-4)
  • It helps us to become God-centered instead of self-centered. (Isaiah 26:3)
  • It is part of our priestly ministry. (1 Peter 2:5-9)
  • It is a definite sign of life. (Psalm 115:17; Isaiah 38:19)
  • It brings us out of depression and stress.
  • It keeps our relationship with God intimate.

What Happens When We Worship?
Whenever we respond in obedience to the Lord, by our faith we put certain spiritual laws into operation for us. Therefore, we can expect certain results in spiritual realms.

  • Victory over our enemies (2 Chronicles 20:1-30)
  • Release from bondage (Acts 16:16-34; Jonah 1:17-2:10)
  • Inner peace and joy (1 Samuel 16:14-23)
  • The breaking up of large problems (Joshua 16:1-20)
  • Special protection from enemies (Isaiah 4:5-6)
  • Manifestations of God's presence and power (2 Chronicles 5:12-14)

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PRAISE 
WORSHIP 
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Brings God down to us
'Takes us up to God 
Talking about God 
Talking to God 
With music
True meaning without music
Leads us into worship
Worship starts with praise
Says "God is..."
Says "God, you are..."
Never silent; always vocal
Could be silent
Can be personal
More effective with others

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      I needed my Bible beside me reading this good juicy Hub! You should write "Warning": this Hub can not be read fast - read slow, so you can digest it". Now I have to go back and read it again.

      Great job! Vote Up and Useful!

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Treasuresofheaven: Thanks for reading and responding. Now I am lifting my hands in praise.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      revmjm: Prayer, and Praise, and Worship, WOW! my favorite things to do. As a choir singer, I can and I do, all in song.

      I figure since God is the author of every piece of music ever written and composed, I please him most and best, when I sing.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dave, continue to pray, praise and worship God through song.

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      CDL Career Coach 6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Nice hub, I've never considered a difference between praise and worship before. I like that part about praise has to be audible and couldn't help but think about praising our kids there... and how many kids don't know their parents appreciate them because mom & dad never say it out loud or in front of their kids, even when they mean it in their heart?

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      CDL Career Coach, thank you so much for reading and responding.

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      REV AVOYAM 5 years ago

      GOD BLESSED YOU FOR YOUR GOOD WORK DONE.I ALMOST THOUGHT PRAISE AND WORSHIP ARE THE SAME.THANK YOU.WORSHIPING GOD IS MY OBLIGATION.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks Rev. for reading and responding.

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      Kate Barasa 5 years ago

      Thanks for this wonderful lesson on praise and worship.God bless you mightily.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Kate, for your comment.

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      Michelle 5 years ago

      A friend asked about the difference between the two. I could not break it down in as much divine detail as you have. We bless God for you. To God Be The Glory for you His servant.

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      Ogunrinde olanrewaju 5 years ago

      Thanks for this topic cos i now understand the difference between worship and praise

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Michelle and Ogunrinde, thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Ronald Madrigal 4 years ago

      I liked. I am learning here

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      Phylamaye Mattis 4 years ago

      Great job! I really did enjoy reading this article which is my favorite subject . May you continue to be a blessing to the body of Christ.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Phylamaye, thanks for reading and commenting. I am glad you enjoyed reading about the difference between praise and worship.

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      Didge 4 years ago from Southern England

      Very useful hub. Good job!

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Didge, thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Pastork 4 years ago

      Thanks for this wonderful word of exhortation... I was inspired by reading. Pastor K.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Pastor K, thanks for reading and commenting.

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      vida 4 years ago

      Thank you so much, I have been confused about the difference between the two and this information was very helpful to me. I understand now. Thank you, thank you and thank you.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Vida, I am glad I could help you understand this. Thanks for commenting.

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      Pastor William Wells 4 years ago

      Thanks for defining & explaining with scripture the difference between "praise" and "worship". Your information was very helpful. May God richly bless you.

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      Belinda Okahandja, Namibia 3 years ago

      Job well done! I thank God for your well outlined explanation. I knew there was difference between praise and worship, but I was not able to tell/explain the difference. This information was very helpful to me. All the glory be to God and may He continue to use you greatly.

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