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    Christian Praise vs Christian Worship, What’s the Difference?

    Christian Praise and worship Lifting Holy Hands
    If you were invited to a Christian Praise Service or a Christian Worship Service you would find that they are two different types of Song Services. Generally churches combine the two and call them “Christian Praise and Worship Services”. This keeps the confusion down, but in actuality Christian Praise and Christian Worship are two distinct things.

    As a Christian Praise and Worship Leader for many years I always taught the congregation about the differences between Christian Praise and Worship. Let me define Christian Praise and Worship here for you.

    • Christian Praise can be defined as focusing on what God has done in our lives.
    • Christian Worship can be defined as focusing on Who God IS.

    We can see a great example of Christian Worship in the following Praise Scripture :
    Revelation 4:8-12
    Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
    9. Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever,
    10.the 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.”

    Compare this to this example of Christian Praise in the following scripture on Praise:
    Exodus:15:1-21
    1Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
    2The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare Him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
    3The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is His name.
    4Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hathHe cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
    5The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.
    6Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
    7And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sendest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.
    8And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.
    9The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
    10Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
    11Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
    12Thou stretchest out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.
    13Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
    14The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.
    15Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.
    16Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.
    17Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O LORD, which thy hands have established.
    18The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.
    19For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.
    20And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
    21And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for He hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea.
    The above passage shows us that after God had brought the Israelite’s safely through the Red Sea and drowned the Egyptians Moses took up a song of praise extolling the wonders of what God had done on their behalf.

    Those Scripture verses define Christian Praise very succinctly. This would be considered a Christian Praise song because it focuses on what God has done. Miriam and Moses are praising the Lord because He has bought them safely to dry land. They continue giving praises to God because of His wonders that He has performed.

    We sing this at church. It’s called “The Horse and Rider Song” You can see the lyrics and hear the acapella version my other post here.

    I hope this example has been clear to you and hopefully it will help you to understand the difference between Christian Praise and Christian Worship.

    photo credit: Bill Lollar via photopin cc


     

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    Christian Praise Song: Day by Day

    Day by Day, is a beautiful Hymn that I put together a few months ago. I didn’t have very good equipment so please take that into consideration when listening 🙂

    The reason I am adding it here today, even though it is not a great copy, is because I received some very bad news today. I have a friend that is dying of cancer and he was told a few weeks ago that he had 3 months to live. Sadly, after taking a biopsy, the results came back today and they told him that he only had a week at the most.

    I am very saddened by this turn of events and very discouraged about it all. I remembered this particular song “Day by Day” and remembered how it has always gotten me through the tough times before. It puts my eyes on Jesus and reminds me that He is in control. This gives me some peace and I hope it will do the same for you no matter what you may be going through.

    Day by Day
    Words by: Karolina Sandell-Berg (1865) Translated to English by: A.L. Skoog
    Music by: Oskar Ahnfelt

    1 Day By Day And With Each Passing Moment
    Strength I Find To Meet My Trials Here
    Trusting In My Father’s Wise Bestowment
    I’ve No Cause For Worry Or For Fear

    He Whose Heart Is Kind Beyond All Measure
    Gives Unto Each Day What He Deems Best
    Lovingly, Its Part Of Pain And Pleasure
    Mingling Toil With Peace And Rest

    2 Ev’ry Day The Lord Himself Is Near Me
    With A Special Mercy For Each Hour
    All My Cares He Fain Would Bear, And Cheer Me
    He Whose Name Is Counsellor And Pow’r

    The Protection Of His Child And Treasure
    Is A Charge That On Himself He Laid
    As Thy Days, Thy Strength Shall Be In Measure
    This The Pledge To Me He Made

    3 Help Me Then In Every Tribulation
    So To Trust Thy Promises, O Lord
    That I Lose Not Faith’s Sweet Consolation
    Offered Me Within Thy Holy Word

    Help Me, Lord, When Toil And Trouble Meeting
    E’er To Take, As From A Father’s Hand
    One By One, The Days, The Moments Fleeting
    Till I Reach The Promised Land

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    Christian Praise: What Does Hallelujah Mean?

    What does Hallelujah Mean

     

    Christian Praise is mentioned approximately 190 times in the Bible depending on which version you are reading. It is very common to hear the phrase “Hallelujah” both in Christian circles as well as non-christian circles.

    What does “hallelujah” mean?

    Oftentimes it is also written as Allelujah. The angels themselves sing hallelujah to God, so what does it mean?

    Actually as a direct translation from the Hebrew it means Praise (Hallel) God (jah, also known as Jaweh in the Old Testament. So, when we say “Hallelujah” What we are really saying is “Praise God”. This is a good thing in a sense because we are told to praise God, but if we just say it as an exclamation to something good that has happened then it might lose its flavor, so to speak. This is obviously the case with non-Christians saying it when trivial things such as their favorite hockey team scores a goal for the home team. If we are truly happy that God has allowed things to happen then it is not derogatory in any way but I just want to point out that it is something that should be used with meaning.

    Christian Praise is more than just a matter of words, it is a life-style. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you”.

    There are 2 specific points that I would like to bring out in this passage.

    1. It is God’s will that you give thanks in everything
    2. It is God’s will that you give thanks IN everything, not necessarily FOR everything.

    God wants us to praise Him no matter what our circumstances are because he wants us to realize that wherever we are, He is there with us. He wants us to relinquish the control of our lives to Him and trust Him to work all things out together for our good.

    So remember, the next time you are in despair and don’t feel like praising God, do it anyway! Hallelujah!

    (see our article “Out of the Mouth of Babes” to see an example of praising God in spite of our circumstances)

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    Welcome to “The Christian Praise Blog”

    What is the Difference Between Christian Praise and Worship?

    As a long-time Worship Leader, I have been asked this question many times and so I decided that it just might be a good idea to set up a Christian Praise Blog to help you all understand better.

    We also discuss much more here, so I hope you look around and make yourself at home.  I had tried putting “The Christian Praise Blog” on it’s own static Webpage but found it was too tedious to keep it up that way.  We had originally changed from Blog format to static page due to a huge spamming problem with the comments. I am trying to work around the problem by monitoring the comments more closely and hope that it helps.

    Because I am setting the Christian Praise Blog up all over again you will notice that many posts will seem to be written the same day. Obviously I am not that energetic to be writing so many posts in one day…. Lol … so things will slow down once I have the site up and running again.

    I apologize to those of you who come back and visit often. My health is not as good as I would like it to be and so it keeps me away more than I would like. If you have a moment I wouldn’t mind a little prayer now and then to help me get my health back to normal. I really appreciate all of you and I thank you all for continuing to come back as often as you do.

    May the Lord Bless You and Keep You, May the Lord Make His Face to Shine Upon You.

    God Bless You All

    Sharron
    [cvmh-sticky]

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    Christian Praise: I Shall Not Be Moved

    I Shall Not Be Moved

     

    The Christian Praise Song “I Shall Not Be Moved” is based on Psalm 1 from the Bible. I have written out the words to this famous gospel hymn below. Enjoy

    I SHALL NOT BE MOVED

    Jesus is my Savior, I shall not be moved

    In His love and favor I shall not be moved

    Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

    I shall not be moved

     

    CHORUS:

    I shall not be, I shall not be moved

    I shall not be, I shall not be moved

    Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

    I shall not be moved

     

    In my Christ Abiding, I shall not be moved

    In His love I’m hiding, I shall not be moved

    Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

    I shall not be moved

    (chorus)

    If I trust Him ever, I shall not be moved

    He will fail me never, I shall not be moved

    Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

    I shall not be moved

    (chorus)

    On His Word I’m feeding, I shall not be moved

    He’s the one that’s leading, I shall not be moved

    Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters

    I shall not be moved

    (chorus)

    Here is a nice version of the song sung by “The Gaithers”

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    Christian Praise: Christian Praise and Worship Songs in a Minor Key

    Christian Praise Songs in a Minor Key

     

    Ever since writing the blog post on “The Horse and Rider” song I have had many emails asking me if I know of other Christian Praise and Worship songs in a minor Key. The funny thing about this is that after answering these emails the same question came up on Yahoo Answers and so I was able to answer the fellow there also. Who would have thought that Christian Praise and Worship Songs in a Minor Key would have been so popular?

    To make a long story short here are the answers that I wrote to the query on Christian Praise and worship songs in a minor key on Yahoo Answers:

    (p.s. I go by the name of Cyberscribe on Yahoo Answers)

    1. What are some good Christian hymns or praise and worship songs that are in a minor key?

    Best Answer – Chosen by Asker

    You Are my Hiding Place” is a lovely worship song, although it is a bit old. We used to sing it a lot at the church in the late 80’s early 90’s, but worship is not easily dated. It is still an awe inspiring song.

    Here are some other Christian Praise and Worship Songs in a Minor Key for you:

    “When The Spirit of the Lord is Upon My Heart I will Dance as David Danced”
    “Blow a Trumpet is Zion”
    “Awake O Israel, Put Off Your Slumber”
    “This is the Year of Jubilee”
    “Jehovah Jireh My Provider”
    “Through Our God We Shall Do Valiantly” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “King of Kings and Lord of Lords Glory Hallelujah” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “I Exalt Thee” (has some minors in it)
    “We Are Standing on Holy Ground” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “See His Glory” (has some minors in it)
    “When I Look Into Your Holiness/I worship You” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “What A Healing Jesus I’ve Found in You” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “I Believe in Miracles” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “Give Thanks” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “I Sing Praises to Your Name O Lord” (has a lot of minors in it )

    I Hope This Helps

    Source(s):

    I am a Song Leader in the Church
    I am the Author of Christian Praise Blog

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    Christian Praise: Not all Christian Praise Songs are Created Equal

    Not all Christian Songs Equal

     

    Not all Christian Praise Songs are created equal. In fact, there are many so called “Christian Praise Songs” which I would not even consider appropriate to sing in churches today. A few years back, in the 90’s there was a song that people liked to sing which really bothered me tremendously. It was called “I Command Thee Satan”

    Here are the lyrics:

    I Command Thee Satan

    In the Name of the Lord

    To Drop Your Weapons and Flee

    For the Lord Has Given Us Authority

    To Walk All Over Thee

    I do realize that we have full authority over Satan so that really does not bother me, what does bother me is that by singing this Christian Praise Song or Chorus, aren’t we singing to Satan?

    I believe that if we are to offer Christian Praise it should be actual Praise to God. I can see how we can rejoice in the fact that Satan has no power over us, and it is a very peppy tune and fun to sing, but to sing this song, in my opinion is singing to Satan and I really don’t feel that it should have a place in the church because of that.

    I am sure you can think of many Christian Praise Songs, which can be doctrinally sound, but not really appropriate to be singing in church.

    What do you think?

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    Christian Praise: God Dwells in the Praises of His People

    Christian Praise and Worship

     

    God Dwells In The Praises of His People

    But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel (kjv) Psalm 22:3

    I just finished reading an article on Christian Praise and how it affects non-Christians. It bought back fond memories of when I first attended a Pentecostal Church.

    Being bought up in a mainline church in the Montreal area of Canada I was used to singing hymns and nice little songs like “Jesus Loves Me”. This kept me on track when I was a little girl, but when I grew up and came back to God, my relationship with Him was completely different. He was no longer a God somewhere up there in the sky who was watching to see if I was naughty or nice (Kind of like a glorified Santa Claus). This time it was different!

    I could feel the presence of Jesus in my life and I knew something inside of me had changed. I decided it was time to go back to church. Sadly, what I found in church was not what I was experiencing in my own one on one time spent with God.

    I started to think perhaps I was strange, perhaps I was overly emotional, perhaps, I was somehow wrong. Those around me didn’t get all excited about Jesus like I did. What was wrong with me?

    I still continued to go to church as I knew this is what God wanted of me, and I loved learning more and more about the Lord every chance I could get.

    Later, I met my husband to be and he was a Pentecostal. He told me about the Pentecostal church and I thought to my self….This sounds very strange to me…I was very leery on going but he finally convinced me to go to a meeting with him and I was totally surprised.

    Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that mainline church goers are not true worshipers or have no feelings, or that Pentecostals are the only true believers or whatever. I am simply stating that the two churches I had attended were as different as night and day.

    That night that I attended the church with my future husband, was a turning point in my life. I realized as I stood there praising God with those around me that there was a presence that I had never felt in a church before. Yes, I had experienced this presence in my own prayer life, but never in a congregation. It was like I was finally home. Finally, I could feel the presence of God amongst those who were worshiping. It was like heaven had come down and the glory of God had filled that auditorium that night.

    Since becoming a Christian Worship Leader it has always been my goal to lead those in the congregation to the place where they too can feel the presence of God in the midst of them.

    It is only in the presence of our awesome God that people can know, without the shadow of a doubt, that they are in the presence of God.

    As Worship Leaders we are like the doorkeepers to the very presence of God. We must lead them gently from the outer courts into the Holy of Holies where they can sense God and the beauty of His Holiness.

    The article that I had read, reminded me of the importance of Christian Worship and its effects on the non-Christian, as well as those who were already Christians.

    The article was entitled: “Worship and the Visitor,” sadly it is no longer available.

    Hopefully this blog post will help you realize the importance of Christian Praise and Worship in our services and will stir up in you a hunger to be in the presence of God.

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    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)

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    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)