The purpose of
praise and worship is the key ingredient to draw closer to God and God closer to us.
means to speak well of God and to rejoice in Him because of all the things He has done for us. Praising Him
and His goodness creates an awesome atmosphere, because it brings God into the
scene. It is written in Psalm 22:3 "But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel." (enthroned in hebrew yashab means: to sit, dwell remain; Israel according in the Old Testament are God's chosen people and we as the following believers are crafted into the family of God by faith through the seed of Abraham) God dwells in the praises of His
people, so when we praise Him, God's presence comes close to us. Praise is something we
can do anytime, anywhere. Hebrews 13:15 tells us: "Therefore by Him (Jesus) let us
continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name." Luke 19:37 says: "...the desciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen..." We can exercise praising God with a loud voice wherever we go or wherever we are right now. There is a link between our praise and If we desire the
manifest presence of God. Conclusion: If we desire the manifest presence of God we have to use our voice out loud to praise Him. Praise attracts God's Presence.
& Worship in Heaven
In the year when King Uzziah died the prophet Isaiah had a vision from heaven (Is. 6:3), where he describes the angels praising God. God on His throne in heaven surrounded by an atmosphere of praise. Apostle John
describes God in the book of Revelation 4:8 as seated on a throne guarded by
four angelic beings who praise Him continually. In Revelation 4:11 the 24 elders fall down before Him, who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever. They give glory and honor to God. The inhabitants
of Heaven praising and worshipping God already. When we pray "here
on earth, as it is in heaven" we have to take a part in it. We are called
to praise and worship God here on earth continuously.
In Spirit & Truth
God is holy and He longs for His
people to worship Him in spirit and in truth. God looks at the heart. True
worship and praise that God inhabits generates from the attitude of a humble
heart. A humble heart that is focused on God alone. In Rev. 4:11b it says: "...(the elders) and they cast their crown before the throne, saying: '...for You created all things and by Your will they exist and were created.'" Deeper meaning of casting their crowns in this passage symbolizes casting all their accomplishments and rewards at God's feet as a symbol of honoring God. Shedding themselves of all their glory with a humble heart, for He deserves all the glory. It was God in the first place that gave the elders the ability to receive those crowns. Throughout the
Bible we find examples of God's presence being ushered in by the praise
of His people. The pattern is common enough for us to conclude that, generally
speaking, praise is the key for ushering in the presence of God. This is not
absolute, of course, because God is sovereign, accountable to no one except
Himself, and works in whatever way suits His purpose, but still God set this
standard to have fellowship with us this way. Through praise and worship we are
preparing our soul, mind and heart for the presence of God.
Worship as the Ultimate Experience
Worship comes from the
word: worth, which means, the quality or value of something. To show devotion to God. To bow down before God. Show adoration that is due to God. The purpose of
worship God is to show devotion, to bow down before and to show adoration to Him. As a result it can bring us closer to the Lord and to get to know Him better, ultimately changing us and making us more like Him. Worship can be created in our praise. The position of
worship begins with a prostrate soul. When the soul is
prostate before the Lord you are presenting yourself before Him.
There are different types of worship the bible talks about
Vain worship. Mt. 15:9
Ignorant worship. Acts17:23
Will worship, self-worship, worship that satisfies
the flesh. Col. 2:20-23
The worship the Father longs for is in
Spirit and Truth Worship, the real and only worship acceptable to Him. (John
Why did Jesus say: The Father longs for this kind of worship? The Father longs to have fellowship with us to give us directions, instructions, revelations and to intervene in our lives and therefore change us.