Defining Praise and Worship

Praise and worship are words that are used frequently in churches.  Have you ever wondered what they really mean?  Are they different or are they two words meaning the same thing?  They are related, but they are not the same. 

We are called to praise Him over 100 times in the NASB version of the bible.  These verses frequently include references to music, but not all do.  They do maintain the common theme of celebrating and glorifying God.   We can praise God with our voices by sharing stories of answered prayer also.  Whenever we celebrate His grace, pay tribute to His actions or glorify His name we are praising Him.

Worship is the act of acknowledging God and humbling ourselves before Him.  Many verses speak of bowing low before Him.  If we are not aware of who He is and who we are in relation to Him, that type of humility won’t occur to us.  Worship is the acknowledgement of His Kingship, His Godhood. 

Pastor Ann is going to take us deeper into the meanings of these words and how they apply to our lives on Sunday morning.  We encourage you to join us on our journey.  We’ll be live-streaming on Facebook if you can’t meet us in the sanctuary at 10:55 a.m.