The purpose of our praise towards Father God is to give Him what is due back: for His multiply value of love, honor, respect, protection, and so on. It is a reciprocal relationship of adoration, praise, and worship. The simplest form of actions in worship is called praise. It is the outward expression of your inward faith. It is in our DNA. God pre-wired us that way for His good pleasure, according to Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” In return we praise Him.
Psalm 148 contains a list of created things who praise God. And Yes, you are on the list (v.11)! It is our duty and a privilege for being alive today. Psalms 115:17 states, “The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence.” That’s why every cemetery has silence there, according to Isaiah 38:18, “For the grave cannot praise thee; death cannot celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit can hope for thy truth.” These verses show that praising the Creator is our purpose in this life, not the dead. But they also explain how living people in dead traditions tend not to praise God any more than literal corpses do. Do you want to be followers of dead traditions of men? Hope not. We are alive unto righteousness, and serve a living God. We forget that sometimes due to our sin natural, God made it accessible for us to worship acceptably through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord, not to worship God as fully as he or she ought. God has called us to the truth. Just make a decision to walk therein – PRAISE HIM! Gary Oliver, a psalmist and pastor of Tabernacle of Praise, once said, “The highest praise is not worship but obedience.” Are you obeying the call to praise and worship to the Most High God today? You need to praise Him in obedience to the truth. The truth is found in God’s Word, and is sung or recited. If you know the truth, you will begin to praise Him, not for what He has done, but for who He is to you – this is our reasonable service (remember from lesson 11).
(Praise) This act of worship is a sacrifice; especially for this busy world view. However, our Holy Bible states to every Believer in Hebrews 13:15, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Can you see the emphasize phrase “praise to God continually?” That term describes someone praising contently throughout each and every day to God: for it is good to have daily communication and relationship that will draw you closer to Him. “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright (Psalm 33:1).”
Praise the Lord Living Stone, and not a tombstone! Let read 1 Peter 2:3-5, “If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” In other words, those who are seeking to grow in Christ, and not stay babes, are whole in God through acceptable worship. You are now in the place of honor. Today present yourself as living stone- holy temple – vibrant with life, in which you come to Jesus to give that is acceptable to God.
Since you are not dead today, what are you waiting for? Do you need a special invitation? Well… get to praising your God!
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Next Lesson 13: What Is The Difference Between Praise And Worship?
Just so you know, praise and worship is not about music. They are two words found in the Holy Bible. Yes, there is a difference between praise and worship? Worship is almost always confused with Praise…..