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Activities of Daily Living – Praise and Worship Part IV 02.09.20 excerpt

Praise and worship are essential activities of daily living (ADL) for the follower of Jesus Christ. Praise and worship provide access to the presence of God. When God created man, he placed them in the Garden of “Eden”, translated to mean delight and/or pleasure. In that place, man had direct access to God and enjoyed great fellowship. So in essence, God created mankind and put them in a place of His delight. But when man sinned, they were removed from this ideal environment and the relationship as they knew it was severed. The Bible is an account of how God sought to restore that relationship and bring man back into a place of His presence. Today, we can experience God’s presence through our praise and worship.

The simplest way to define praise is to express approval; to give accolades; to show gratitude and offer thanksgiving. The Bible instructs us to praise God. Our praise to God always encompasses thanksgiving -they go hand in hand. Understand that a life that is filled with praise refuses to take God’s benefits for granted.

The word “worship” comes from an old English word which is interpreted to mean “worthiness” or “worth-ship”– to give or ascribe worth to something. Worship in the Hebrew language is most often interpreted to bow oneself down, crouch, kneel, lie down flat, humbly beseech, and give reverence. We worship God for who He is and not for what He does. Worship, unlike praise, is reserved for God alone. {Exodus 20}

Worship is the art of losing ourselves in the adoration of God, and it gets to the heart of who we are. To truly worship God, we must be willing to humble ourselves before Him, surrender every part of our lives to His control, and adore Him for who He is, regardless of circumstances. Just as praise is intertwined with thanksgiving, worship is intertwined with surrender.

In pure worship, there is nothing we are to hold back or esteem more important than the sacrifice that God is calling us to make, which is us. That’s why the Apostle Paul admonishes the followers of Jesus Christ to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God which is our reasonable worship. {Romans 12}

When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in John 4, He reinforced a critical component of worship. He said, “For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” Unless we have accurate knowledge of the God we worship, there is no worshiping in “truth”. We must understand who He is as revealed in His Word. Worship must also be in “spirit,” which means it must engage the whole heart. Unless there’s a real desire for God, there is no worshipping in spirit. The more we know about God, the more we appreciate Him. The more we appreciate Him, the deeper our worship. The deeper our worship, the more God is glorified.

Both praise and worship are indispensable ADLs in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ, because it gets us into our ideal environment – the presence of God and gives God what He so richly deserves. God is searching for such a generation of people who will value His presence above all else.  Let that be you today.