Understanding Worship

God considers our praise a sacrifice to Him. Praise is the fruit of our lips – said out loud. It is to be done in Spirit and Truth, it cannot be empty praise like we do with man because God sees our hearts. Some reasons why we Praise and worship are:

1. For this reason were we created Luke 19:28-40
Deut 8:1010 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
1 Peter 2:9 9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
2. Because of who He is – Ps 103
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. 17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children 18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. 19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. 21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.22 Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, O my soul
3. Because of what He has done
The Israelites and King David are seen in the Old Testament always singing whenever God granted them victory in battle. In the New Testament, the finished work on the cross causes us to praise knowing that He overcame.
4. For His presence
2 Chron 5:13 13 The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.
Ps 22:3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel
Ps 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name 5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations
5. For Victory
2 Chron 20:22 When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city.
Acts 16: 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.
2 Chron 20: 22 As they began to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab an Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them
Joshua 6:20 20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. 21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
6. As Warfare/ For Justice/ for Deliverance
Ps 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,7 To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples;8 To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron,9 To execute on them the written judgment—This honor have all His saints. Ps 18:3 3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
7. Praise can chase depression
Isa 61:63 A garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness
8. Banking for the day of trouble: Just like we put away money for a rainy day, praise can be banked.
Psalm 50: 14 Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (and verse) 23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him [b] the salvation of God.”