why do we have praise and worship in church
Why We Do What We Do! Why Do We Praise Him? Over the next several weeks we are going to be answering the question why do we do what we do here at Spencer Christian Church. We are going to answer the question, why do we sing songs of praise, why do we worship each week, why do we take communion each week, why do we take up an offering each week, why to we have a sermon each week and why is there an invitation each week. I think this will be both a good refresher of why we do what we do and also will be a good time of teaching as well. Today we start the series on why do we sing songs of praises each week. If you have your Bibles then turn with me to Psalm 63:3-5 and lets see what God has in store for us. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. There was a preacher who was trying to sell his horse.
A potential buyer came by the church for a test drive. Before you start the preacher said, this horse only responds to church talk. Go, is Praise the Lord! And Stop is Amen! So the man on the Horse says Praise The Lord and the horse begins to trot the man again says praise the Lord and the horse begins to gallop
Suddenly there is a cliff right in front of the horse and the man yells amen!! The horse stops just at the edge of the cliff the man wipes the sweat from his brow and says Praise the Lord!! There is a difference between praise and worship. During the praise time we sing about God, praise relates to Gods character, who He is, we sing about his mercies, about His grace, but when we worship Him we sing to Him. One of the things that distinguishes the people of God from all others is praise. We, who have been born again, filled and baptized with the Spirit posses a burning and blazing desire to praise the Lord.
Praise is an natural behavior for the true child of God. Have you ever just been driving and find yourself singing praises to God? Or maybe while your working at your desk you find yourself praising Him? We find ourselves constantly praising him for life, health and strength. We praise Him for family, friends and even sometimes our enemies. We praise Him for our Mountains, and His mercies. We praise him for our troubles and His triumphs, for Ups and Downs. We praise Him in spite of lifes mishaps! See we all can recall those moments when nobody else was around and tears start to run down our faces, joy floods our soul like sea billows rolling and deep from within us comes the sound of praise. When we truly realize who HE is and what HE has done there is with in us a burning to celebrate the awe of His presence, and His power. For us to understand why we praise Him, then we first need to understand what Praise is. Praise comes when we come into a knowledge about Gods power.
Let me Q. At a church camp this summer, I noticed that other kids worship differently than I do. We even debated different definitions of worship. Are there right and wrong ways to worship? A. Isn t it amazing how differently people worship? Some are loud and expressive. Some are quiet and solemn. Some kneel, some stand the whole service, some dance, others just sit. Some sing praise songs, others sing hymns, others sing only psalms, others chant. Some read their prayers, others write their prayers, others tell God whatever pops into their minds at the moment, others speak in unknown languages. Some take Communion every week, others once a month, or even less often. Some worship in beautiful church buildings, others in storefronts, others in homes. For some, preaching is the centerpiece of worship, for others it s only a minor part. Are there right and wrong ways to worship? Certainly. But what makes worship right or wrong is not your posture, your music, or whether you raise your hands, clap your hands, or fold your hands.
When a woman asked Jesus about different ways of worshiping, Jesus replied, A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth (, NIV). Worshiping in spirit means that you mean it; that you re worshiping inside out, not just going through the motions. Worshiping in truth means that you re worshiping the true God and not some idol you ve created. And it means you re being truthful with your words and thoughts that you bring to worship; you re not trying to put on a religious act to impress someone. Throughout history, Christians have agreed that several key elements are important in worship: 1) Praise. Giving honor and glory to God with words, songs or art. 2) Confession. Worship means acknowledging who God is (holy and good) and who we are (not so holy and not so good) in relation to him.
This means admitting and confessing our sin, and accepting God s forgiveness. 3) Prayer. In worship, we speak directly to God about what s on our minds (our needs and the needs of others) and what s on God s mind (his desire for love and justice and redemption in the world). 4) Hearing God s Word. This means reading the Scripture. It also means listening for what God is saying to you through the music, the sermon and everything that happens in worship. 5) Remembering Christ s sacrifice. This is most clearly done by taking Communion. Thinking about how God saved us from sin is at the very center of our worship. 6) Responding to God s love. Worship doesn t end when the service is over. Worship means we leave the service so aware of God s greatness that we find ways to obey and honor and serve him throughout the week. Marshall, a former pastor, is editor of, a magazine for pastors. magazine. for reprint information on Ignite Your Faith.
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