Praise and worship in a believer’s life is of great importance to God, to the church and to their own personal life. Praise in one of the Hebrew translations is towdah meaning; thanksgiving, praise, thanks, thank offerings and confession. In one of the Greek translations the word is doxa meaning; glory, glorious, honour, praise, dignity, and worship. Worship in one of the Hebrew translations is shachah meaning worship, bow, to bow down, obeisance, reverence, and fall down themselves, stoop, and crouch. One of the Greek translations is sebo meaning; worship, devout, and religious. Praise and Worship are two words that are so commonly heard throughout the church today, but do we really know what they represent? Do we know their importance? We see in the Hebrew and Greek translations that these words are presented in a very powerful, descriptive way. They represent the relationship that we as Christians should have with our Father in heaven. God created us for relationship, first to be with Him, than with others. Relationship is a bond formulated on a likeness toward one other. God created us in His image because He wanted to have someone to share His kingdom with; So, He created Adam in His image and then Eve. They were God’s first children and He loved His creation and His Children adored Him. Our Father created the universe in an orderly way with laws, commandments and “the way” we should go. He commanded us to praise Him, it is His written word. Worship is communion with God. It is fellowship with Him and our personal time with our Heavenly Father. God can speak openly to His children when we worship Him. It creates an atmosphere of love and adoration for our Lord and we are blessed by the beauty of His holy presence.
So what does it mean to enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with Praise? How is this applicable in the life of a believer? Is it necessary for us to incorporate Praise and Worship into our daily lives? Or are we saved through grace and that is all we need to have in order to maintain our relationship with God? Our saviour Jesus came and found us; He heard our cries in the wilderness and brought us out of the darkness. He loved us and saved us! We as believer’s whom are so loved by our Lord should honour that love and declare it through our praise and worship. We enter His presence through praising Him, we shout to the Lord and it pleases Him. When we pass through the gates and into the courts with our praises we begin to move into a deeper relationship with Him, a relationship of worship. Worship creates a place where we can speak to God or we can sit in silence and just listen to Him speak to us. It is necessary for all believers’s to communicate with the Father. It gives us power to walk in His authority; It restores our faith and lifts our souls. He shows us direction for our lives and for others. It opens up doorways to His dimension. It allows us to intercede for those whom are not seeking Him, for the lost, for the hungry, the hurting and those who are in need of healing or deliverance and in all areas in our lives. Whatever is needed is found in His presence, His anointing. He has anointed us to do His will on earth.
Praise and worship frees us in a time of spiritual warfare against any of the enemies attacks on our lives; we just put on His armour and rest in Him. God has planned an expected end for His children, one of good and not of evil. Praise and worship comes from the heart and flows up to the throne room of God. We have an ongoing open line of communication to our Heavenly Father. To be effective in the Kingdom we must connect to the Kingdom. It is through our relationship with God that all things become possible on the earth. God cannot operate through an unwilling, unsurrendered vessel.
To receive a greater blessing of God’s presence you must seek Him first. All things in life are given though seeking God and the Kingdom. The stronger a person becomes in their personal praise and worship the more effective they will become in the corporate body. As a person grows in knowledge and wisdom while listening to God’s instructions for their own life; God will speak to them for others, as well. You must be obedient in your own relationship with the Lord, you are the only one responsible for maintaining this relationship. God is Holy and we must respect and protect His holiness. God expects us to approach Him with the right attitude; one that worships Him in Spirit and in Truth. When you are a true worshipper of the Lord you will demonstrate His Spirit through your actions; this appears as the fruit of the Spirit manifesting in your life. If all believers’s developed a more disciplined praise and worship lifestyle it would allow us to stand in unity and move mountains on earth. It could bring a greater awakening of His Spirit than ever seen in past generations. God is a God of increase and He loves to demonstrate His power. He needs a willing body of people so He can move mightily in the earth; He wants to show His Heavenly Kingdom on earth. We must enter in to His gates with thanksgiving and His courts in praise….. It is through this attitude that God will move in our personal lives and in the world . Amen.
God Bless You & All Who Are Close to your Heart!!~Sincerely Cindy ♥
Psalm 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name
Psalm 116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
Psalm 150 1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 10:6 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Ephesians 6:10-18 10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
C. A. Livingstone (©) 2012, 2013