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There Is A Very Huge Difference Between Praise And Worship……..
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13: 15
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12: 1
To me it all simply boils down to this…. praise is what you say with your mouth and worship is about what you do with your very being and entire life. You can praise the Lord in word, prayer and song, but worship is much more difficult and comprehensive in scope than merely speaking well of our Creator. It is easy to open your mouth and give God complete honor and credit for all the wonderful things He has done in your life, but worship is literally laying down your life for Jesus and His Holy purpose.
On Sunday mornings all across the land traditional/institutional “churches” host what they call “worship services”, but that is really not an accurate description of what they actually do is it? True worship rarely, if ever, occurs during these gatherings. What they really do is praise God for a bit, receive tithes and offerings, and then get a pep talk from a professional Pastor. That is not worship my friends…it is “Christians” paying for and receiving a performance and show that is hopefully somewhat about God. I contend that a group of Christ following volunteers building a home for Habitat For Humanity is much more worshipful than what occurs in most “church” buildings on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Much of what passes for praise and worship on Sunday mornings is nothing less than manipulation of the masses. Praise leaders and bands many times use music and song to control the tempo of the service and the emotions of the congregation. When you have fast songs to get you up and going and slow songs to get you in the right mood…what usually happens is a sad sick form of back and forth spiritual masturbation. The music is there just to get you off at the right time. So that you give well and listen intently while sitting in the afterglow of the sermon. How does any of that truly exalt Christ and give Him true praise or worship?
Worship is NOT a prayer, some songs, an offering, and a sermon…… IT IS A LIFE LAID DOWN for the sake of God, His children, and His purposes! It is about being a living sacrifice while serving only Jesus The One True King! True worship is difficult to find in the modern “church”. Most of the church is unwilling just to be inconvenienced for the sake of God and others.. and they flat out refuse to die in any sense, form , shape or method for His higher purpose. You can’t be selfish and worship God at the same time. It is just impossible. Has His glorious Church really been reduced to a bunch of spoiled rotten, crying brats? I hate it, but I have to honestly admit that this is me on some days. Many of us are driven by feelings rather than being led by the Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus please help me to die daily so that You may be glorified through and in me. We all need your help and guidance Lord. Please help us to worship you in Spirit and in Truth?
Kirk Out !