Understanding the awesome benefits of praise and worship will help you to enter the supernatural realm where you will experience the abundant of God. Praise and worship is not just some title we use to describe a certain time in a church service when the music team takes center stage to lead the congregation in a singing and dancing session.
So what then is praise and worship? For clarity, I would like to explain both terms separately.
What is Praise?
Praise refers to the act of commending, applauding, or magnifying something or someone. For the believer, it is an outward expression of worship to God or the act of glorifying Him.
However, it is important to note that praise does not necessarily have to be directly correlated with music. Rather, it comes from the depth of the heart.
Meanwhile, it involves humbling and centering all of our attention on God with heart-felt expressions of love, thanksgiving, and adoration.
When we praise God, we simply tell Him and those around us how awesome He is. Next, we acknowledge His power, authority, goodness, mercy, and all the other wonderful things about Him.
Furthermore, praise translates us into the power of God and realms of the supernatural. That is why Psalms 89:15 – 16 says, Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. 16: They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. (NIV)
A wonderful example is found in the song Mary proclaimed while still carrying Jesus in her womb (See Luke 1:46-55).
Filled with the Spirit of God and fully aware of His greatness, she spoke of how magnificent God is. She sang of how great He is, not only to her but to people of all nations.
What is Worship?
Worship is expressing reverence and adoration towards God and the act of magnifying Him for all that He is.
Though music is one of the most common forms of worship, it certainly goes beyond singing some touching or heart-felt Christian songs.
Worship is instead a lifestyle of holiness. True worship is authentic because it comes from the heart. John 4:23-24 sums this up.
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24: God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. God is a Spirit, and He requires that we who worship Him must also do so in Spirit.
An excellent biblical example of true worship in the Spirit is found in John 12:3 when Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anointed the feet of Jesus with expensive perfume. Judas was quick to criticize her action because he saw it as a waste.
He claimed the money would have been enough to feed the poor. Jesus, on the other hand, saw that his statement held no true worship toward him, so he rebuked Judas. But He defended Mary, saying that she anointed Him ahead of His burial, thus showing her complete devotion – true worship.
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How to Praise and Worship God.
There are many actions involved with praise and worship to God — singing, verbal expressions of thanksgiving, adoration, dancing, clapping, lifting of hands, and so on. But true praise and worship do not go through these motions. Neither do they have to follow a certain sequence?
In Matthew 15, Jesus spoke about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, whose worship was not from the heart but only an outward show.
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” – Matthew 15:8 (NIV). Genuine praise and worship are matters of humility and sincere devotion to God from within.
Here are some tips on how to praise and worship God:
- Start your day with God:
Our devotion to God is part of our worship.
So set time daily to thank God for a new day; study your Bible, pour your heart’s content to Him during your time of meditating and listening to Him. These and more make our lives living sacrifices.
Singing cannot be separated from praise and worship. Hence, it would help if you incorporated singing into your routine.
It does not have to be done in a special way; songs of praise can naturally flow from your lips regardless of where you are or what you are doing at any point in time.
Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to God: for it is; pleasant, and praise is beautiful! – Psalm 147:1 (NIV). You may also lift your hands to God.
Lifting of hands is a sign of total surrendering to Him and a part of our worship. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. Psalm 134:2 (NIV).
While praising and worshipping God, you may dance to the glory of God. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
Psalm 100:2 (NIV). Psalm 149:3 also says, “Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.”(NIV)
Adore Him with words:
Sometimes, our praise or worship of God can be expressed through words. This is the out pour of your heart’s content to God in reverence, adoration, or gratitude.
Therefore by Him, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. – Hebrews 13:15 (NIV)
The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them. – Psalm 25:14 (NIV). Engage in conversations with God at all times like you would with a friend. This is a form of worship to Him.
Turn your complaints into praise:
It is only natural to want to complain about small inconveniences. Instead of doing that, stop complaining about anything that gets in your way in the slightest.
If you are intentional to notice when you are complaining, do all you can to stop and instead turn that complaint into praise – something that you are thankful for.
Be intentional about loving others in every situation, whether they are lovable or not. Jesus loves us regardless of who we are. Likewise, you should extend the same love to others by being a positive, godly influence to those around you, especially those who do not know Christ. Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7 (NIV). Ephesians 4:29 also says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (NIV).
Fellowship with other believers:
I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly, I will sing praise to You. – Hebrews 2:12 (NIV).
Benefits of Praise and Worship.
It is unarguably true that the better you understand a thing, the more you would come to appreciate its relevance. This is also true with the praise and worship of God.
Perhaps, you may have wondered what the benefits of praise and worship are. Or you may have thought, “Are praise and worship important, or are they just some Christian cliché?
However, the truth remains that God deserves all our praise and worship because He is much greater than what we can understand. When we praise and worship God, He reveals more of Himself to us.
Unfortunately, the average human is not naturally drawn to praising or worshipping God because of our fallen nature.
That is why it is essential to know the benefits of praise and worship.
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75 Benefits of Praise and Worship
Renews our physical and spiritual strength
Invites God’s presence into our lives
It brings us dumbfounding victory
Uplifts God Himself
Glorifies God’s name above all other names
It causes God to release His blessings
Satisfies our souls
It puts the enemy too lightfast
Repels depression and anxiety
Increases our peace and joy
It takes away our worries
Calms every fear
We fulfill God’s purpose when we praise and worship Him
Boosts our confidence
Sets us free from the weight of sin
Increases our faith in God
Helps us focus on eternity
Gives us mighty deliverance from enemies
Brings us liberty
Pulls us closer to God
Makes our relationship with God deeper and more intimate
Opens our spiritual eyes
Lifts our spirits from discouragement and disappointments
We receive healing from every brokenness
Fills our hearts with peace and joy
We get relief from care and burdens
Closed doors open
The chains of spiritual bondage or captivity are broken
We receive wisdom from God
Refocuses our minds on God and helps our hearts connect with Him
Fosters our awareness of the presence of God with us.
Reminds us of who God is, what He has done, and what He can do
Helps us recall God’s past provisions, thus strengthening our faith in His deliverance in the future
Voices our dependence on the Lord, relieving our fears
Helps us develop an eternal perspective
Puts our hearts at rest
Opens our hearts to receive the joy of the Lord
Turns our battles to God’s
Moves God’s protective hands over us
Keeps us spiritually refreshed
Boosts our spiritual appetite
Nourishes our spirits
Makes our troubles seem smaller
Opens our eyes to God’s innumerable blessings
Makes miracles possible even in impossible situations
Makes us thankful
Puts our focus in the right place
Can lead others to Christ
Are our best weapon of warfare against enemies
Helps us let go, and let God in
Aids us in experiencing the reality of God’s presence
Elevates us above the realms of our challenges
Energizes us to receive God’s promises
Helps us honor, worship, and give maximum glory to God
Increases our devotion to God
Helps us see ourselves from God’s eyes
Strengthens us against temptation
Gives us an understanding of our inherited entitlements in Christ
Reminds us of our wonderful redemption, salvation, and deliverance in Christ
Relieves us from the guilt, shame, and the weight of sin through Christ
Reveals our devotion to God
Establishes our faith in God
Elevates our emotions
Helps us gain greater awareness of how enriched we are through the blessings of God
Gives us an avenue to fulfill God’s primary purpose for creating us
Helps us with others, the rich blessings of God that can be theirs through Christ
Aids us in knowing God’s will
Gives us an understanding of our identity, responsibilities, and privileges
Helps us appreciate God’s grace and goodness
Makes us feel better secured in God’s everlasting love that chose us from creation
Helps us take the disposition of gratitude
Helps us pray with greater conviction
Aids us in appreciating the surpassing greatness of God’s power
Gives us an assurance that God is closer to us than we think
Sharpens our understanding to perceive spiritual truths
According to the Bible, the various expressions of praise and worship bring glory to God. That is why He eagerly awaits the fragrance of our daily worship, desiring to manifest His divine presence and power in our lives.
Additionally, unpretentious praise and worship please God immensely because He takes delight in our love and devotion, which are best expressed through praise and worship.
That is why the Scripture says, “Let everything that has breath praise, God.” Psalm 107:8-9 also says, Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind; for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things (NIV).
Hence, we do not need to look for things that we might praise God for; we should go beyond praising Him for what He has done and worship Him for who He is.
Today, you can choose to make praise and worship your lifestyle; doing this will usher you into the realms of the supernatural where abundant blessings flow.
Therefore, I urge you to reflect on each of these benefits of praise and worship as you incorporate them into your daily life.