Praise and worship is an important aspect of Christian living. It is through praise and worship that we as Christians draw near to God. Psalm 100:4 says that we enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Psalms 22:3 says that God is enthroned on the praises of His people. In the Old Testament, people worshipped on the mountain or at the temple in Jerusalem. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, He told her that the hour had come when true worshippers must worship the Father in spirit and truth, for that is the kind of worship the Father wants (Cf. John 4:21-24).
Praise and worship is not just a service where we sing songs. It is not a performance. It has to come from the heart. It is always better to sing songs to God rather than about Him. There are lots of songs that sing about God. There are times where we need to proclaim God and make his praises known, but it is more important to sing songs to the Lord. We can make songs personal by simply changing some of the words, for example using You instead of Him.
There are so many aspects of praise and worship. The most important one, in my opinion, is to make sure we have our own praise and worship time with God. There is no need for musical instruments, although, that would be nice. Matthew 6:33 says to seek His kingdom first and His righteousness and if we do that, all other things will be added unto us. When people think of their own devotional time they usually think of prayer and the Word of God. That is important, but to get into God’s presence in the first place, we need to do it His way, which is to enter into His presence with thanksgiving and praise according to Psalm 100:4. It is in His presence where we will find fullness of joy. It is in His presence where we will be transformed. It is in His presence where our minds will be renewed.
If you have never done this on your own before, it might be awkward to sing to the Lord all by yourself. First of all, be fully persuaded that it is God’s will for us to worship Him and to make this of utmost importance and part of our daily routine. Here are some guidelines to follow.
Shut yourself in a room if you feel awkward. You will need to be free to worship Him. Just start telling Him how much you love Him. Put those words to music, in other words, sing it. If you can’t think of words to say, you can try singing along with Praise and Worship video clips on YouTube. Start off with about 10 to 15 minutes. Soon you will look forward to your time in praise and worship with the Lord, and before you know it, it is not a duty; it is an awesome privilege to come before His presence with singing!
Here are some Bible verses that teach us how to Praise and Worship God with songs:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5)
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26)
These hymns are known as the Hallel Psalms (meaning “Praise” psalms), and consisted of Psalms 113-118.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Col 3:16)
Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Eph 5:18-21)
Let us praise God with one of my favourite Praise and Worship songs “Love You So Much” by Don Moen: