We started a study on the Biblical difference between true worship and true praise. The Hebrew and Greek words for worship have nothing to do with music. There is no "worship song," "worship team," or "now we enter into the worship time." Carrying this mindset causes the church and the Christian individual to rob God of the true worship which He demands and is worthy of.
The Scriptures teach us that Biblical worship in Hebrew in the Old Testament is TO PROSTRATE BEFORE; TO REVERE; TO ADORE; AND TO MINISTER TO:
The Scriptures teach us that Biblical worship in Greek in the New Testament is TO REVERE; TO HONOR; TO ADORE; TO KISS AS A DOG LICKS HIS MASTER'S HAND.
True worship is to bow the head, the body, the knees, or to lay flat before the Lord. This is physical positions representing the heart bowed before the Father.
PRAISE however encompasses many different aspects of expression. There are at least 11 Hebrews words for praise and at least 9 Greek words for praise. That means we have at least 20 different Biblical expressions of praise, yet typically we limit it to 2. We play a Lucian instrument and we sing.
Some examples of ways to praise:
2. Lifting of your hands:
5. Playing an Instrument:
7. To make a show or boast:
Let's jump back to worship for a moment and give some Scriptures. Some of the key elements in worship is learning how to worship God in the Spirit and how to flow with the move of His Spirit. Practicing these things will help usher in the last great move of God’s Spirit resulting in a tremendous harvest of souls.
John 4:23-24 ESV But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (24) God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."
Ephesians 5:18-21 ESV And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, (19) addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, (20) giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (21) submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:2-5 ESV (2) For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (3) And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, (4) and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, (5) so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:12-13 ESV (12) Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. (13) And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
THE REVELATION JOY & THE JOY OF REVELATION:
One of the joys that Paul embraced is receiving revelation from the Holy Spirit concerning our Lord Jesus Christ and then imparting that revelation to us. According to the Apostle Paul, everyone has a song, a hymn, and a spiritual song.
Philippians 1:3-4 (ESV) I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
Philippians 1:24-25 (ESV) But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
Philippians 2:1-2 (ESV) So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Philippians 2:29 (ESV) So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men,
Philippians 4:1 (ESV) Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
PSALMS, HYMNS, AND SPIRITUAL SONGS:
Ephesians 5:18-19 (ESV) And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, (19) addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
Think of this promise. Because of the indwelling presence of the Person of the Holy Spirit we have a song in our heart, a hymn in our heart, and a spiritual song in our heart. It comes forth in the Spirit as a song of praise filled with the joy of walking with the Father.
Colossians 3:16 (ESV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Now we see that having the Word of God dwelling within us brings forth the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. It comes forth with the attitude of thankfulness. I look for that in believers. I am around some that always seem to be filled with a negative attitude, are unthankful no matter what they receive, and will complain about everything because instead of being encouragers, they are fault-finders. This is truly not God's plan for our lives in the Spirit. Paul brought forth a song or hymn concerning the revelation he received concerning our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 14:17 (ESV) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.