I woke up this morning with a new song on my lips. I quickly wrote it down so as not to forget it. I hope to sing it at church soon. This may sound prideful but it really isn’t. I have an awful voice and am not a good singer. I hope to sing it so that others can sing it with me and in that group, there are sure to be better singers than myself. In this way I both praise and worship the Lord.
As a Christian, you will often hear the terms praise and worship used together or interchangeably. This is no big deal as long as that person knows that the two words have separate and distinct meanings.
When you praise the Lord it is an expression of your love and awe of Him through song, dance, music etc. It is a temporary state where you are actively engaged in these forms of expression. Praise can be given to another person, or a dog that has performed a trick well or has become housebroken.
You can praise the Lord all day long but it is usually difficult to do this if all you do is praise Him in artistic means. After all, you have to do other things than only singing and dancing etc… all day long. Your attention is then divided and you are only halfway focused on the act of praising the Lord. Going to church and singing in the choir does not make you saved just like sitting in a garage making vroom vroom noises does not make you a car.
In order to truly worship the Lord, you have to also live your life in a way that is pleasing to God. Worship is a visceral act. It come from within and directs your action in everything you do. Your love of God is the motivator to worship Him. Praise is a form of worship, but only when that praise is directed to the Lord Most High.
There is a good explanation about the difference between praise and worship here.
We worship God everyday, all day, by showing Christ’s love and compassion to our fellow man. We worship God everyday when we devote ourselves to spreading the gospel and bringing more people into the kingdom of God by getting them saved. We worship God through our example which is based on our Heavenly Father’s mercy.
We also worship God when we go about God’s business in a serious, purposeful manner. Not being slothful and finishing what we start so that we may see the fruit of our labors. We reap what we sow but we have to remember to sow so that we may reap.
The best musician in the world playing the most beautiful song ever written, cannot compare to an orchestra composed of the best musicians in the world playing that same song. In like manner, we as Christians are called to assemble so that we may praise and worship together and like a symphony, may our prayers be carried up in our mutual reverence and adoration. The Lord of All Creation is pleased to hear our praise in unison. Through our praise may He extend to us His limitless mercies and grant us our supplications.
So my brethren, let your walk be led by the light of Jesus Christ and may your lips forever be full of praise of the Lord Most High. Worship the Lord in all that you do and you will never be led astray.