• Christian Praise and Worship,  Leading Christian Praise and Worship,  Song Services

    Christian Praise: Let’s Forget About Ourselves

    Christian Praise Lifting Holy Hands

     

    As a Christian Praise and Worship Leader I realize that many people who come into our church services are a little frazzled and perhaps have many things on their minds. It’s not easy getting a family all dressed and ready to come to Church on Sunday mornings and our thoughts may be scattered and our nerves may be frazzled from all of the preparation.

    Our motives are right, there is no denying that, but when we come into the house of the Lord we may not be at our best to offer Christian Praise and worship.

    I find it very beneficial to start out our Christian Praise and Worship Service with songs and Scriptures on Praise that help us to get our focus corrected.

    The Christian Praise and Worship Music should be aimed at leading the congregation from a place of Praise to the inner sanctuary where we can worship God in the beauty of His Holiness.

    I do not understand churches that start their Christian Praise with Worship. How can I walk in off the street after perhaps battling it out with the kids in the car and be prepared to enter the Holy of Holies?

    Yes, some days I can put myself together and actually walk in prepared to worship but for the majority of people they need to be led into Christian Praise and Worship like leading a small child.

    Our minds are like little children and they don’t always want to do what we want them to do when we want them to do it. This is one of the reasons that the Bible tells us that we need to renew our minds and that is done only through the Word of God.

    Because I am acutely aware of the things that go on when preparing to get to church on Sunday I do not start the Christian Praise and Worship Service with purely Worship songs. I will always start off on a plane where many people find themselves when they walk into the service. This is why I generally start the service with songs like:

    I Will Enter His Gates

    I will enter His Gates with Thanksgiving in my Heart

    I will enter His Courts with Praise

    I will say this is the day that the Lord has made

    I will rejoice for He has made me glad

    He has made me glad, He has made me glad

    I will rejoice for He has made me glad

    He has made me glad, He has made me glad

    I will rejoice for He has made me glad

    This brings our focus away from the momentary distractions and helps us to remember that “this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”(Psalm 118:24)

    Then I might go into the Chorus: “What a Mighty God we Serve

    This brings us closer to realizing how Great God is.

    Another great chorus to help us prepare ourselves is the wonderful Christian Praise Song:

    We Have Come into This House
    The Chorus goes;
    We have come into this house and gathered in His Name to Worship Him 3x
    Worship Him Christ the Lord
    He is all my righteousness, I stand complete in Him and Worship Him 3x
    Worship Him Christ the Lord

    Once we sing a christian praise song like this, we hopefully focus on why we are here in Church. Once we get ourselves lined up in why we are here and what we are here to do and how great God is, then we are truly ready to offer Him Worship.
    First, Comes Christian Praise and that leads to Worship.

    You can listen to a nice version of the song: We Have Come Into This House

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  • Christian Praise and Worship,  The Secret

    Christian Praise: The Secret of the Universe

    Praise The Secret of the Universe

     

    Christian Praise Has Power!

    Many people have read the book “The Secret” and do not realize that many of the teachings in there came from Christian Praise Principles taught in the Bible. Yes, the Bible has many things to say about the Christian Praise Principles that can be used to enhance our daily lives today.

    The main difference is that “The Secret” focuses on our own wants and desires, …what we can get…pretty selfish actually 🙁

    This is where people miss the actual law that this premise is based on. God does promise to give us the desires of our heart and give us an abundant life but our hearts must be set on Him. Loving Him with all of our strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

    We are to do nothing out of vain ambition but we are to consider others better than ourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

    Matthew 6: 19-21: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    In John 10:10: Jesus said, The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy but I came that they may have life and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) Amplified Bible.

    As Christians we know that the thief is referring to is the Devil. All evil comes from him. He is here to steal, kill and destroy us and our dreams if he can. But, through the power of Christian Praise, we are able to stop the fiery darts of the devil as we learn to lift our voices in praise to God who loves to pour his blessing upon all of His Children. Blessings are ours as we Praise God.

    There is immense power in Christian Praise and the Devil does not want you to know about it. He will do all he can to keep you in a negative mindset because he knows that as long as you are dwelling on your problems, you will not be in the mood to praise God and will forfeit the blessings God has for you.

    This is why Christian Praise is often referred to as the “Sacrifice of Praise“.

    We need to come out from the darkness and despair and offer to God the sacrifice of Praise. It is miraculous but, as we begin to offer up these sacrifices of Christian Praise, God comes to inhabit the praises of His people and things begin to change.

    Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15

    Yes, God actually inhabits, or lives, in the praises of His People. When we offer Christian Praise we are actually bringing God right onto the scene in our lives.

    Psalm 22:3 says “But Thou Art Holy, Thou that inhabitist the praises of Israel”.

    Let us look at Paul and Silas as an example: Paul and Silas when beaten and put in jail for proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ could have sat there and complained. I can picture it now can’t you?

    “Oh great, here we are trying to get the good news out and we end up in this cold, dark jail. Where is God? Why would He let this happen to us?”

    But they didn’t complain. The Bible tells us that they sang praises to God! Can you imagine! Even in that dark, cold gloomy jail, they didn’t think about their circumstances. No! They thought about the blessings of God and Christian Praise flowed from that dark, gloomy dungeon.

    Acts 16:16-35: God sent an earthquake and all the chains from the prison doors were loosed. No one fled, they stayed right where they were. This ended up being a miracle to the jailer who thought he would have lost all of the prisoners, but this worked together for the good of Paul and Silas. Not only were they set free, but the jailer came to know the Lord through them.

    What Lessons we can learn from this:

    • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out from us, God comes to abide.
    • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out from us, God sets us free.
    • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out from us, God’s love is proclaimed.
    • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out of us, all things will work together for our good because we love God and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

    “The Secret” may have some people fooled into thinking that just being positive will bring them all that they want but it is very plainly a lie from the Devil. It is only as we praise God and believe in Him in faith that He will bring about the things He has promised us.

    What things?

    • He came to give us abundant life
    • He promises to work all things out together for good to those that love Him
    • He promises to add all the things that are necessary for life if we seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness
    • He promises us that if we believe, we will receive that which we ask for.

    This is truly the real SECRET of the Universe!

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