What is Praise and Worship and Why is It Important?
Praise and Worship. Two very common words we often hear in church and yet many Christians still have misconceptions on what it is all about, why it matters and how to do it. So, here, we are going to cover an important topic for the individual Christian and for the Church as a whole.
What is Praise and Worship?
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, Praise(noun) is defined as “an expression of approval” while worship is “an act of expressing reverence to a divine being or supernatural power”. So basically, we can simply boil the two words, i.e. Praise and Worship, down as an expression.
There’s a Difference…
Praise is primarily the expression of approval. In its fullest sense, praise also includes the expression of gratitude and thanksgiving for favors received. However, the purest forms of praise are expressions of admiration and adoration irrespective of whether or not the favors have been received. That’s why we praise God not JUST for what He’s done but ultimately, for what He is.
Worship, on the other hand, is primarily the adoration of God’s person, character, attributes and perfection. It is an expression of our love towards God. Admiration is an inner awareness of the worthiness of God. But unless it is expressed outwardly, it does not become worship.
So, we worship God because we love Him for who He is and not for what He’s done. “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His Name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2).
So, Why Do We Need to Praise and Worship God?
The primary purpose of praising and worshipping God is to strengthen the bond of love between man and God. In other words, our relationship with God is solidified through praise and worship.
We don’t praise and worship God because He needs it. No. God will still be God even if the whole mankind refuses or forgets to worship Him. Jesus said that “if the people keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:40). You see, there is no shortage of the shouts of praise and the acts of worship for God because the whole creation testifies to who He is and what He’s done.
When we praise and worship God, He reveals more of himself to us and so, we can know Him deeper.
We learn that praise and worship is imperative to every Christian. It’s part of being who we are. Furthermore, we learn that praise and worship is not music. Actually, music is just a component of praise and worship. Why? Because praise and worship is:
- An attitude of the heart
- An outpouring of the soul
- And overflow of the spirit
It doesn’t really need music to do that.
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