the Bible says about Praise and Worship:
I. This week, we're going to focus on praise, and discuss:
II. Why should we praise God? Ask everyone:
A. It's a command - Psalm 117:1 (Paul quotes this in Romans 15:11); Psalm 150:1.
III. When should we praise? Ask again:
B. There's a catch here: all times means ALL TIMES!
2. When we don't feel like it - Job 1:21
3. True emotionalism is to refrain from praising when we don't feel up to it. Obviously, our emotions can and should show up in our praise (if we love someone, emotion will be there), but our feelings are secondary. Praise is a sacrifice/an act of the will.
IV. Where should we praise? Ask again!!!:
B. Psalms does make special mention of two specific places to praise, also:
b. Not uniformity, but unity of spirit
b. God wants that
V. How should we praise? Ask if anyone remembers the four basic types of P&W from last week's lesson:
b. Vulnerable and unprotected posture - (a stick up?) Arms
crossed = a self-protective stance. Lifting hands = open hearts
and lives before God. A trust thing.
c. Child reaching to the Father.
b. another form of making a joyful noise unto the Lord.
4. Dancing - Exodus 15:20-21; II Samuel 6:14-16; Psalm 149:3.
b. Exodus 15: 20-21 - tamborines only.
c. Psalm 150 - many instruments.
b. We draw close to Him through the Holy Spirit.
c. We respond to who God is through our spirits, from the whole of our inmost being.
b. Worship according to scripture. By that, I mean that our expressions of worship should be guided by the Bible.
© 1998 David L. King Updated: 8/24/00