WORSHIPING THROUGH PRAISE

Victoria Stankus
August 28, 2022

There is a difference between praise and worship.

PRAISE is the act of writing or saying good things about someone or something; the expression of thanks to or having love and respect for God; the joyful recounting of all God has done for us.

WORSHIP, on the other hand, is not just something we do; it is a lifestyle; an attitude of the heart. Worship is about losing oneself in the adoration of another.

These definitions tell us praise is one form of worship, and that is what I would like to focus on right now. More specifically, how do we worship the Lord by praising Him “at all times,” as it says in Psalm 34:1.

Psalm 34:1 - “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Think about this scenario for a moment: The storms of life are raging. You are feeling hopeless. It takes effort to just keep breathing. You are depressed, discouraged, disappointed, angry, or sad. Then you read Psalm 34:1 and you think, “Bless the Lord at ALL times? Praise Him CONTINUALLY? How can I praise the Lord through this? I just don’t feel like doing any praising.”

When we praise the Lord, it doesn’t mean we are always happy about our circumstances. It’s not about jumping up and down with joy and excitement. It’s about calling attention to His glory, or giving Him honor and respect, simply because He is WORTHY of our praise.

Here are three ways to praise the Lord, even on our difficult days.

1.  Psalm 66:17- I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. We can praise Him through our prayers. We do this when we cry out to him in our time of need; tell him how we are feeling (worn, worried, tired, afraid, alone); ask him to carry us through. When we pray, we are praising God, or calling attention to His glory (even when we don’t feel very cheerful), because we are acknowledging our need for God and showing we want Him in our lives.

2.  Psalm 147:7 - Sing to the LORD with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp. Sometimes, we don't have any words to say, but we can still praise Him through music. We can do this by singing and focusing on the words of our favorite inspirational songs, or simply by listening to them or by playing them on a musical instrument.

3.  Psalm 100:4 - Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  We can praise Him through our thanks. Even when life is hard, we can thank the Lord for being there to help us through it, we can focus on the good things in life, and we can especially focus on the fact that HE is always good.

Let this be a reminder as you go about your week. You CAN praise the Lord “at all times” when you praise Him through your prayers, through your music, and through your thanks. Even on your difficult days, He is worthy of praise because He is a good God, and our circumstances don’t change who He is.

RESOURCES:

Britannica.com - Definition of Praise:  https://www.britannica.com/dictionary/praise

Bakers Evangelical Dictionary – Praise: https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/praise.html

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