• Christian Praise and Worship

    Christian Praise: What’s the Difference Between Christian Praise and Worship?

    Many people are still asking,

    What is the difference between Christian Praise and Worship?

    I do agree that there is a fine line between the two when they can merge together but generally Christian Praise is where we sing about What God has Done For Us, Christian worship is where we sing about Who God Is. We concentrate on His Holiness etc., when we worship God.

    If you look through the blog you will see more concisely the difference I make between the two.

    To give you another example I would like to show you a couple of praise Bible Scripture Verses that may explain it better.

    Our first example is Matthew 21:1-17 also known as “The Triumphal Entry

    Here is the NIV version:

    1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

    4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
    5″Say to the Daughter of Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
    gentle and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’
    6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
    “Hosanna to the Son of David!”
    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
    “Hosanna in the highest!”

    10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

    11The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
    12 Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.”

    14The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.

    16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.
    “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,
    ‘From the lips of children and infants
    you have ordained praise?” (also see our article “Out of the Mouth of Babes”)

    17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

    We see here that the people were shouting “Hosanna” which literally translated means”To Save”. Here was their Savior riding in Jerusalem on a donkey ( there is a lot of significance here about the donkey but I am not writing a book, this is only a blog post).

    It was a happy, jubilant time for the crowd. They did not realize that Jesus had come to save them by offering his blood for their sins. They were hoping that he had come to save them and usher in a new kingdom, but that was not to be as they had anticipated.

    I want you to notice the air of festivity, the happiness of the crowd, how they took palm branches and placed them in front of him as he passed. They were rejoicing and so should we be rejoicing in Christian Praise as we make mention of all that the Lord has done on our behalf.

    The Christian Praise Song “Hosanna in the Highest” shows this the best.

     

    Compare this now with a story of Worship found in Revelation 4:10-11 NIV

    10the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and worship Him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
    11“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
    for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.”

    (Originally Posted on 21st October 2009)

  • Christian Praise and Worship,  The Secret

    Christian Praise: It’s Time to Sing Another Tune in Life

    Sing a Different Tune

    Christian Praise is all about realizing what God has done for us in our lives. It is all too common for us to focus on our struggles and everyday problems and forget to offer Christian Praise to God for His blessings.

    Many people, Christian or not, tend to look at life with a very negative slant sometimes. I am sure you know many people like this. They are always complaining about how bad things are. They are so concerned about the way that life is treating them that they miss out on the pleasure of being alive.

    Some people are living a life of misery because they forget to look at the things that are going right in their lives. They have trouble taking their eyes off of the problems and obstacles around them.

    We all run into obstacles in our lives, this is a part of life. We are not to offer Christian Praise only when things in life are rosy and going well for us.

    For some people, life never seems to go well for them. It’s not that life is so harsh, but rather their eyes are focused on the problems and not their blessings. We cannot condemn these people. It is a mindset that they have set themselves up in and it can’t be undone until they realize what they are doing. So don’t condemn these type of people, instead pray for them that the light of God will shine in their hearts that they may be able to see what great things God has done for them.

    Negative thinking is a major problem in our society today. The good news is that we have more and more people wanting to get themselves out of their negative mindset and trying to think more positively. Just look around any bookstore and you will see many self-help books based on how to think positively, how to think abundantly. People are realizing, to a greater extent, that there is more to life than what they are experiencing.

    Sadly we see multitudes following “The Secret” or Abraham Hicks looking for more to life without realizing that God said that we receive not, because what we ask for is for our own edification and glory. If we seek abundance for selfish reasons we will not receive anything from God. The Good News is that we are promised that if we seek for God’s will, then our prayers and petitions are answered. (James 4:3)(Mathew 7:7-11)

    There is some truth to what these people from “The Secret” are teaching, and actually much of it is based on Christian Scripture, but they miss the mark by twisting the scriptures in such a way that all they think about is how can I make my life happier and get the things I want.

    It misses the mark because Scripture teaches us that we are not to worry about food, or drink or clothing or any of the things that the world worries about. God has already taken care of that for us, but for those who do not know God, they search for a way out of their problems and end up in these messed up teachings, such as “the Secret” and are being indoctrinated into thinking that they are actually being enlightened.

    As I said earlier on, their teachings are partially true. Satan masquerades as an angel of light, trying to persuade people that this is the truth, when in reality it is only partial truth.(2 Corinthians11:14) Jesus is the true light of the world and if we ask, believing, we shall receive from Him.

    If we have not, it’s because we are not asking. As we become thankful for what we do have, then we will be given more. It is God’s will that we have an abundant life but we miss out on it because we forget to be thankful for what we do have.(Mark 4:25)

    Without challenges, there can be no progress. Without obstacles, there can be no achievement. Be thankful for the opportunities that these provide.

    For many people the theme song for their life is “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen”. It’s time to change your tune. It’s time to sing another tune in your life. Focus on what God is doing, focus on the good that comes out of the obstacles and challenges, knowing that God loves you and is in control of your life. Let Christian Praise flow out of your heart and up to the throne of God, for He is worthy to be praised in all circumstances.

     

     

  • Christian Praise and Worship,  Christian Praise Songs

    Christian Praise: How Great Thou Art

    How Great Thou Art

     

    In Christian Praise, the lyrics to the Christian Song “How Great Thou Art” are very familiar even to those who are non Bible Believing Christians. It is a close runner up with the song “Amazing Grace” and for good reason.

    As I have explained in other blog posts, Christian Praise is all about bringing our attention to the great things God has done in our lives. We need to focus on the great things God has done FOR us before we can worship Him for who He is. This is the distinction between Christian Praise and Worship.

    Thinking about all of the wonderful things God has done for us and how he has created all good things for us helps us to concentrate on what a wonderful God we serve.

    Read the lyrics and listen to the video and see if it doesn’t help you turn your attention away from your problems and onto God who is above all of these daily turmoil’s. Your daily problems will not seem so big when you realize how big your God is.

    This song was originally a Swedish folk melody, called “O Store Gud” by Carl Boberg (1859-1940) It was translated in 1899 by Stuart K. Hine.

    Here are the lyrics for “How Great Thou Art”

    Verse1:

    O Lord My God!

    When I In Awesome Wonder Consider All The Worlds Thy Hands Have Made,

    I See The Stars, I Hear The Rolling Thunder,

    Thy Power Throughout The Universe Displayed:

    Chorus:

    Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Verse 2:

    When Through The Woods And Forest Glades I Wander

    And Hear The Birds Sing Sweetly In The Trees

    When I Look Down From Lofty Mountain Grandeur

    And Hear The Brook And Feel The Gentle Breeze

    Chorus:

    Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Verse 3:

    And When I Think That God, His Son Not Sparing,

    Sent Him To Die, I Scarce Can Take It In

    That On The Cross, My Burden Gladly Bearing,

    He Bled And Died To Take Away My Sin

    Chorus:

    Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Verse 4:

    When Christ Shall Come With Shout Of Acclamation

    And Take Me Home, What Joy Shall Fill My Heart!

    Then I Shall Bow In Humble Adoration,

    And There Proclaim, My God, How Great Thou Art!

    Chorus:

    Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

     

    Enjoy this beautiful rendition by Yolanda Adams!

    (YOLANDA ADAMS VIDEO)