the Bible says about Praise and Worship:
I. This week, we're going to focus on worship, rather than praise.
II. Silence and Reverence in worship?
2. There are verses that talk about being silent before God:
b. Revelation 3:19 - listening to God.
b. Psalm 66:1 - "Shout for joy to the Lord."
2. Hebrews 12:28 - "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe." 3. Reverence - in both verses, the words reverence and awe mean fear, terror, awesome or terrifying thing, respect, caution, apprehension, holy fear, mingled fear and love."
4. Reverence doesn't necessarily equal silence!
III. Is worship different than praise?
A. Many books on P&W list
differences between the two.
2. Praise is often preparatory to worship. When we praise, it's easier to worship.
3. Worship occurs in our hearts. Praise occurs outside our hearts.
IV. Examples of worship in the Bible. Have someone read these verses:
2. He wanted to be "humiliated in [his] own eyes" before God.
2. A heart deeply stirred before God - she was weeping. Brokenness and tears - (vs. 38)
3. She kissed Jesus' feet. The definition of worship. (Vs. 38)
4. Not worried about others - focused on Jesus only. The one focused on others was Simon.
V. The Responsibility of the Worshiper:
2. Be worshipers all week long (a lifestyle of praise).
3. Bring an offering rather than ask for a handout. Psalm 96:8, I Corinthians 14:26.
4. Be self-motivated in worship. Sometimes it's easy to praise, sometimes it's not. Enter readily & wholeheartedly into the praise of God, even when tired or down.
5. Frequent the place of worship (don't neglect the assembling of saints - Hebrews 10:25).
2. Deal with known sin in our lives before the service
3. Pray for the service ahead of time
2. Make our songs a praise from our hearts unto God. Just because we're singing songs, doesn't mean we're singing praises to God. It's possible for us to sing without having our hearts in it.
3. Worship despite distractions. Psalm 34:1 - bless the Lord at all times
© 1998 David L. King Updated: 8/24/00