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Worship-is '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. 
    An example of this recognition with humility and respect and also an example of not being presumptuous -Luke 14:8-11

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, etc.).is meditation.(quiet times alone needed).and worship.
    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?
    The original here is more accurate and would be better rendered as 'That we who trust in Christ be in His.(the Father's).commendation because we think as He' -Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:5,6.
    Romans 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 righteousness, 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 2:12.
    Churches must be careful with their boisterous praising -Romans 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 weak."
    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.
    Paul 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 repulsed, 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 of mind.let each esteem other better than themselves." Romans 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 coercion 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 fall." Matthew 6:1-8.-...continue?

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