'giving attention to' in the original Greek. In the Hebrew of the Old Testament
worship means 'recognize as worthy of respect and honor'. Worship as a
spiritual experience is really a soul absorbed
at the time with only God; giving full attention to God.
example of this recognition with humility and
respect and also an example of not being presumptuous
Worship is what meditation is; the meaning of meditation
being 'directed thinking', or 'a devoted
thinking time', devoting yourself to thinking time for a time you determine.
"Truth is the offspring.(the result).of
silent unbroken meditation." ...Issac
Newton. Paul's example.
A happy or serious prayer
to God is worship. Time for thinking about God is worship, etc.
Time for thinking about you and spiritual
concerns.(God, spiritual principles,
times alone needed).and
And of course, studying to grow in
grace and knowledge.(2Peter
3:18).is important. Why
study? -Colossians 2:3.
People feeling insufficient themselves,
seek to worship idols, rock idols, movie star idols, the acquisition of
wealth, etc. "Do not be awe struck by other people and try to copy them.
Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can." ... Norman Vincent Peale
1898-1993, American Preacher and Author of "The Power of Positive Thinking".
The word 'praise' in the
Old and the New
Testament, with some variations, is, 'joyous attention to God', 'being
happy with and/or thankful to God'. For what? Ephesians
1:12."That we should be to the praise of his glory.(the
meaning of this word).who
first trusted in Christ.".How?
original here is more accurate and would be better rendered as 'That we
who trust in Christ be in His.(the
because we think as He' -Ephesians
2:10; Philippians 2:5,6.
5:8 "But God commendeth.('establishes
in us', 'place together').his
love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us",
or more correctly 'But God establishes His love toward us in that Christ
died for our
being in sin'.
One can hear
them in church "Praise Him, Praise Him"
– and that's fine, as long as they know what really praises God is the
life one lives -Philippians
1:11 "Being filled with the fruits of
which are by Jesus Christ.(John
14:6), unto the glory
and praise of God." Ephesians
1:6 "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein He hath made
us accepted in the beloved", or, 'Being thankful
to God for His gift of grace
by which He has made us acceptable to Him'.
It's the good works of your life that
others see that leads them to praise God -1Peter
Churches must be careful with their
14:21 "It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor
any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made
Churches must not forget, some people's
hearts come to church heavy and they come to church for peace, quiet, time
for reflection, gentle comfort and kind and warm encouragement.
An atmosphere of compliance to 'praise
time' may just cause offense, in the sense, one missing a recently deceased
loved one may not at all be in a praise mode.
Let's have deference
for all the members, for all the newcomers and conduct church with dignity
and concern for all, whether or not you know what their needs are.
in the early Christian church was concerned about this as well.
Perhaps specially scheduled and advanced
notice praise sessions after or prior to regular services could be made
available for those who are 'always up enough' for it and continuously
driven to feed on praising the Lord in the presence of others.
I've been to a couple of 'wildly praising
churches' and it has turned me off! At that time my life was anything
but feeling like I wanted to wildly praise God. And it made me feel
as the congregation seemed more interested in 'improving their stance
with God', and/or impressing each other with their outgoingness, by using
wildly uplifting praise. Uplifting to whom? -Philippians
2:3 "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in.lowliness
each esteem other better than themselves."
2:29 "But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly and circumcision
is that of the heart, in the spirit and not in the letter; whose praise
is not of men, but of God." Ecclesiastes
9:17 "The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of
him that ruleth among fools."
Noticing my non conformance to their
praise participation made some wonder what planet I must have come from.(or,
so I felt anyway). Where was the gentle concern for comforting
the afflicted I thought. I have not gone back there. They all seemed happy,
but were obviously sure that I was out of touch with the Lord, as I was
unwilling to succumb to any psychological
to 'praise' Him at that time.
I felt 'strain' to conform to their
pre sermon praise session seemingly
designed to provide an opiate in
order to squelch the worries of
the past week and refocus attention upon Jesus.
Refocusing attention upon Jesus is
good. But, if one gets that far away from Jesus during the week, that he
or she is desperately in need of this weekly praise, participation and
reaffirmation session to stay balanced, then they should seriously look
at their relationship with Him and consider increasing their private
Bible study and prayer time. -1Corinthians
10:12 "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he