Christian Praise vs Christian Worship, What’s the Difference?
January 27, 2014
Christian Praise vs Christian Worship, What’s the Difference?
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 :
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:
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. http://christianpraiseblog.com/the-horse-and-rider-song-lyrics/
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.
(Originally Posted Oct. 14, 2012)
photo credit: Bill Lollar via photopin cc
January 23, 2014
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
Christian Praise Song: Day by Day
March 12, 2014
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
Christian Praise: What Does Hallelujah Mean?
February 3, 2014
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.
- It is God’s will that you give thanks in everything
- 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!
Christian Praise: Leading Christian Praise and Worship Music
February 2, 2014
Leading Christian Praise and Worship Music
As a Christian Praise and Worship Music leader, I am often asked “What is the best way to lead a Song Service?”. Although, I am sure many of you may not agree with me I always feel that a Christian Song Service should start with Thanksgiving and Christian Praise and then move on to Christian Worship. If you have been reading my blog or ezine articles you will see that I believe that there is a distinct difference between Christian Praise and Christian Worship.
When people walk into the church service they have many things on their minds. They are usually not prepared to jump into Christian Worship right off of the street. I have seen this done in some services and you can tell that the people are trying really hard to worship, but they are just not prepared properly to just jump into it. It is extremely hard for anyone to stop what they have been doing and engage in such an intimate time with God without first getting their heads together.
The Psalmist David said “I will enter His gates with Thanksgiving in my heart; I will enter His courts with Praise.” (Psalm 100:4)
Some of us may not be feeling very happy when we come into song service, although most people will prepare themselves mentally in some respect before church service starts. The problem is that if you are going through hard times, you may come into the song service with a very heavy heart.
If we start our Christian Praise and Worship Services directly with a Christian Worship song such as “I Stand in Awe of You”, many people will not be mentally prepared to commune with God in this way at that moment in time.
But if we start our song service with Christian Praise songs such as “I Will Enter His Gates” or “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made”, they will start to focus in on God and then we can start to lead them slowly, song by song leading up to Christian Worship. Then they will be in the proper state of mind to truly worship God in His Holiness.
You can use these simple steps also in your own private time alone with God to bring yourself from a place of hurriedness to a place where you can worship God in Spirit and Truth. I hope this little post on Christian Praise and Worship Music has helped you.
(originally posted Sept. 25, 2009)
Christian Praise: It’s Time to Sing Another Tune in Life
February 1, 2014
It’s Time to Sing Another Tune in Life
Christian Praise is all about realizing what God has done for us in our lives. It is all too common for us to focus on our struggles and everyday problems and forget to offer Christian Praise to God for His blessings.
Many people, Christian or not, tend to look at life with a very negative slant sometimes. I am sure you know many people like this. They are always complaining about how bad things are. They are so concerned about the way that life is treating them that they miss out on the pleasure of being alive.
Some people are living a life of misery because they forget to look at the things that are going right in their lives. They have trouble taking their eyes off of the problems and obstacles around them.
We all run into obstacles in our lives, this is a part of life. We are not to offer Christian Praise only when things in life are rosy and going well for us.
For some people, life never seems to go well for them. It’s not that life is so harsh, but rather their eyes are focused on the problems and not their blessings. We cannot condemn these people. It is a mindset that they have set themselves up in and it can’t be undone until they realize what they are doing. So don’t condemn these type of people, instead pray for them that the light of God will shine in their hearts that they may be able to see what great things God has done for them.
Negative thinking is a major problem in our society today. The good news is that we have more and more people wanting to get themselves out of their negative mindset and trying to think more positively. Just look around any bookstore and you will see many self-help books based on how to think positively, how to think abundantly. People are realizing, to a greater extent, that there is more to life than what they are experiencing.
Sadly we see multitudes following “The Secret” or Abraham Hicks looking for more to life without realizing that God said that we receive not, because what we ask for is for our own edification and glory. If we seek abundance for selfish reasons we will not receive anything from God. The Good News is that we are promised that if we seek for God’s will, then our prayers and petitions are answered. (James 4:3)(Mathew 7:7-11)
There is some truth to what these people from “The Secret” are teaching, and actually much of it is based on Christian Scripture, but they miss the mark by twisting the scriptures in such a way that all they think about is how can I make my life happier and get the things I want.
It misses the mark because Scripture teaches us that we are not to worry about food, or drink or clothing or any of the things that the world worries about. God has already taken care of that for us, but for those who do not know God, they search for a way out of their problems and end up in these messed up teachings, such as “the Secret” and are being indoctrinated into thinking that they are actually being enlightened.
As I said earlier on, their teachings are partially true. Satan masquerades as an angel of light, trying to persuade people that this is the truth, when in reality it is only partial truth.(2 Corinthians11:14) Jesus is the true light of the world and if we ask, believing, we shall receive from Him.
If we have not it’s because we are not asking. As we become thankful for what we do have, then we will be given more. It is God’s will that we have an abundant life but we miss out on it because we forget to be thankful for what we do have.(Mark 4:25)
Without challenges, there can be no progress. Without obstacles, there can be no achievement. Be thankful for the opportunities that these provide.
For many people the theme song for their life is “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen”. It’s time to change your tune. It’s time to sing another tune in your life. Focus on what God is doing, focus on the good that comes out of the obstacles and challenges, knowing that God loves you and is in control of your life. Let Christian Praise flow out of your heart and up to the throne of God, for He is worthy to be praised in all circumstances.
(originally posted Oct. 15, 2009)
Christian Praise:Christian Praise and Worship Songs in a Minor Key
February 1, 2014
Christian Praise and Worship 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)
Q. 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 )
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(Originally posted February 12, 2010)