Posted by: TLC Fellowship | January 10, 2015

Praise and Worship


Scripture: Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100

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. John 4:23

Praise: To glorify, especially by the attribution of perfections. To express thanks to or love and respect for God.

Worship: The act of showing respect and love for a God, especially by praying with other people who believe in the same God.

Praise and worship go hand and hand. Praising God can be lifting up your eyes towards the heavens and thanking Him for all that He has done, and for things to come. Worshipping can be by conversing with others about the glories and wonders of God. When people go to church, some feel that singing and attending service are all they need to do to show their love of God. There is more to it than that. Reading your Bible and teaching your children about it, saying “Thank You God” every time you wake up, go out the door, and come home; every time your loved ones come back to you — these are just a few ways to give God your praise. From sun up to sun down, we have so much to thank God for.

When we praise and worship, we let others know that in spite of a society where God has been taken out of homes, school, work and even some churches, we will continue to show our gratitude and admiration for the One, True Ever Loving God.

Of course, not everyone’s worship and praise are the same nor are they meant to be. Why? Because we are not all the same. During church service, some are more vocal and physical and others are quieter. As a quiet one, I may cry—this doesn’t mean I am sad or at my wit’s end, but those tears rolling down my face are tears of joy, because I know that at that moment, the praise and worship in my soul are being heard. And this fills my heart with love, hope and continued faith in a God who is great, and greatly to be praised.

Prayer: Lord God, instead of asking You for something, I want to thank You for who You are, what You have done, are doing, and will do. Thank You for being an awesome God. Hallelujah!

written by Lacy Aaron, member of TLC Fellowship

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