Praise and Worship from the Bible: What is it?

Praise and Worship is an expression that is done by someone who would like to verbally or physically show their gratitude in respect to another person, or something.

Praise means to admire, commend, extol, honor, worship, and glory given to a superior being or a saint; a person who met certain quantification as the standard’s by man. In scripture (the bible), the word is used at random to refer to renown, fame, or glory given to idols, material things, or to the true God.

Worship means to give homage, honor, reverence, respect, adoration, praise, or glory to a superior being. In scripture (the bible), the word is used at random to refer to the homage, given to idols, materials things, or the true God.

Is there a difference between the two, praise and worship? Yes it is! Worship almost always confused with praise, even by people who ought to know better. Worship doesn’t mean “to lift your hands” or “bow your knees.”

Worship is much different than Praise. Why? The bible talks about a sacrifice of praise that is found in Hebrews 13:15 and Jeremiah 33:11, but there is NO sacrifice of worship. Let’s look at this verses of scripture from the Amplified Bible:

“[There shall be heard again] the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing as they bring sacrifices of thanksgiving into the house of the Lord, give praise and thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good; for His mercy and kindness and steadfast love endure forever!….” – Jeremiah 33:11

They brought a sacrifice of thanksgiving into the house of the Lord. Do you know that if you do not understand something you read in the bible. Most of the time, it is explained for you, if you keep reading on. What did they do? They gave praise and thanksgiving in the house of the Lord, and to the Lord of Host, for He is good.

“Through Him (Jesus Christ), therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.” – Hebrews 13:15

Praise the Lord, Christ gave us the opportunity to offer up to God a sacrifice of praise. By doing what? Opening up your mouth, and praise Him. Do we really understand the word sacrifice in Hebrews 13:15? Sacrifice means to give up, forgo, forfeit, let go, and surrender. This is what Jesus Christ did on the cross for us—He sacrifice His life that we may live.

Under the law of Moses, animals were killed and their bodies disposed of outside the camp. The blood from that animal was brought inside the tabernacle (a sanctuary for God to well) to the altar as a sacrifice for sin. It is the same with Jesus. He was crucified outside the city gates, and His blood was brought to God’s altar to cleanse His people. We are NO longer sacrificing animals, but we are pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ Name. We can make known in our speech (praise), and believe by faith, when we worship, we mean it. If we read on in Hebrews 13:16, you will find out that we should not take these things for granted, because God takes pleasure in our acts of worship. This is a different kind of sacrifice—doing good, sharing our faith with others.

Here are some scripture passages to help you to offer up “spiritual sacrifices” to God:

· Living in obedience to God and nonconformity to the world—Romans 12:1-2

· Praying to and praising God—Psalms 50:4; Hebrews 13:15

· Serving with whole heart and willing minds—1 Chronicles 28:9; Ephesians 5:1-2; Philippians 2:17

· Performing good deals—Hebrews 13:16

· Giving of our material possessions—Romans 12:13; Philippians 4:18

· Presenting our bodies to God as instruments of righteousness—Romans 6:13,19

· Stay in integrity in your affairs—Proverbs 11:13; Job 31:5-6

This is the bottom line about praise & worship in its simplest form: the sacrifice of praise is the “fruit of the lips,” but worship is the “fruit of the heart;” which is done from your spirit with honesty as the Holy Spirit of the Living God invites you to do so!

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