Category: Christian Praise and Worship

Christian Praise: It Benefits Us, Not God

Praise Benefits us, not God

Christian Praise
It Benefits Us, Not God

 

Christian Praise is something that we do to benefit us. Yes, I know this sounds kind of selfish but the truth of the matter is that God admonishes us to Praise Him, not because He needs it but because we need it.

Sadly, some people get confused and think that it is their duty to offer Christian Praise to God. It is as if it is on their “to do list” of things that we must do to be a good Christian.

Other things on that “to do list” are:

  • Going to Church on Sunday
  • Praying
  • Being Polite to Others

We feel that by being a good little Christian this will somehow earn us brownie points in heaven. How foolish people can be!

Think about it:

Why would God need us to praise Him, or to show up for church on Sunday or to Pray or any other religious duty we feel we may need to do?

This kind of thinking stems from old pharisaic legalism that has nothing to do with our true Christian Worship. All of these things are to do with what God wants to do for us and in us to benefit our lives.

I mentioned in another blog post  “Christian Praise: The Secret of the Universe” :  that the True Secret to God’s Universe is not what they are teaching in Law of Attraction Seminars all over the world, but rather, it is “The Secret of Christian Praise”. This is because of the many benefits we derive from Christian Praise.

Sadly, many people think that if they do things such as praising the Lord, or showing up for Church on Sunday or praying etc., that then they will win favors with God. They think because of their so called “devotion”, God will allow them certain things, and do things for them, because somehow they have proved themselves worthy.

I Want to Make This Point Very, Very Clear:

You Will Never be Worthy Enough in God’s Eyes

To Receive Anything from God

Based on Anything that You DO!

We receive from God and are blessed by God, Because of What He Did for us. He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for us and become the appropriation for our sins. It is because of Christ’s death and Christ’s death alone, that makes us worthy.

He is our Righteousness. When God looks at us He sees the Righteousness of Christ, not because of works that we have done but because of who we belong to. We are heirs with God and Joint heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17)

 Titus 3:5 (kjv) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

Romans 5:8 (esv) But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Christian Praise then is a vehicle in which we draw nigh to God. It is a remembrance of all that God has done for us and in us. As we spend time in God’s presence and wait upon Him it is there that we gain the strength and comfort that is needed in our daily lives.

Christian Praise is for our Benefit and not for God’s.

God is not Some Self-indulgent Entity

that Requires that we pay Homage to Him.

 

He is not like the gods of the heathen that need alms and praise to appease Him.

God loves us just the way we are. He looks beyond our faults and sees the blood of Christ which covers a multitude of sins. He sees us as His children and lovingly reaches down his hands in love to help us.

God is deserving of our praise, but he certainly doesn’t need it.

Christian Praise is something we should do on a daily basis, not because God needs it, but because we do.

Isaiah 40:31 says “They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint. “

 Here is one of my favorite songs. It’s a beautiful song based on Isaiah 40:31 “On Eagle’s Wings”

(originally posted on 16th September 2009)

Christian Praise: Let’s Forget About Ourselves

christian praise surrender

Christian Praise

Let’s Forget About Ourselves

 

As a Christian Praise and Worship Leader I realize that many people who come into our church services are a little frazzled and perhaps have many things on their minds. It’s not easy getting a family all dressed and ready to come to Church on Sunday mornings and our thoughts may be scattered and our nerves may be frazzled from all of the preparation.

Our motives are right, there is no denying that, but when we come into the house of the Lord we may not be at our best to offer Christian Praise and worship.

I find it very beneficial to start out our Christian Praise and Worship Service with songs and Scriptures on Praise that help us to get our focus corrected.

The Christian Praise and Worship Music should be aimed at leading the congregation from a place of Praise to the inner sanctuary where we can worship God in the beauty of His Holiness.

I do not understand churches that start their Christian Praise with Worship. How can I walk in off the street after perhaps battling it out with the kids in the car and be prepared to enter the Holy of Holies?

Yes, some days I can put myself together and actually walk in prepared to worship but for the majority of people they need to be led into Christian Praise and Worship like leading a small child.

Our minds are like little children and they don’t always want to do what we want them to do when we want them to do it. This is one of the reasons that the Bible tells us that we need to renew our minds and that is done only through the Word of God.

Because I am acutely aware of the things that go on when preparing to get to church on Sunday I do not start the Christian Praise and Worship Service with purely Worship songs. I will always start off on a plane where many people find themselves when they walk into the service. This is why I generally start the service with songs like:

I Will Enter His Gates

I will enter His Gates with Thanksgiving in my Heart

I will enter His Courts with Praise

I will say this is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice for He has made me glad

He has made me glad, He has made me glad

I will rejoice for He has made me glad

He has made me glad, He has made me glad

I will rejoice for He has made me glad

This brings our focus away from the momentary distractions and helps us to remember that “this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”(Psalm 118:24)

Then I might go into the Chorus: “What a Mighty God we Serve.”

This brings us closer to realizing how Great God is.

Another great chorus to help us prepare ourselves is the wonderful Christian Praise Song: “We Have Come into This House”

The Chorus goes;

We have come into this house and gathered in His Name to Worship Him 3x

Worship Him Christ the Lord

He is all my righteousness, I stand complete in Him and Worship Him 3x

Worship Him Christ the Lord

 

Once we sing a christian praise song like this, we hopefully focus on why we are here in Church. Once we get ourselves lined up in why we are here and what we are here to do and how great God is, then we are truly ready to offer Him Worship.

First, Comes Christian Praise and that leads to Worship.

You can listen to a nice version of the song: We Have Come Into This House

(Originally posted: Sept. 12, 2009)

Photo Credit: Ricardo Camacho (Creative Commons)

Christian Praise: Not all Christian Praise Songs are Created Equal

Christian Praise All Songs are Not Equal

Christian Praise:

Not all Christian Praise Songs are Created Equal

Not all Christian Praise Songs are created equal. In fact, there are many so called “Christian Praise Songs” which I would not even consider appropriate to sing in churches today. A few years back, in the 90’s there was a song that people liked to sing which really bothered me tremendously. It was called “I Command Thee Satan”

Here are the lyrics:

I Command Thee Satan

In the Name of the Lord

To Drop Your Weapons and Flee

For the Lord Has Given Us Authority

To Walk All Over Thee

 

I do realize that we have full authority over Satan so that really does not bother me, what does bother me is that by singing this Christian Praise Song or Chorus, aren’t we singing to Satan?

I believe that if we are to offer Christian Praise it should be actual Praise to God. I can see how we can rejoice in the fact that Satan has no power over us, and it is a very peppy tune and fun to sing, but to sing this song, in my opinion is singing to Satan and I really don’t feel that it should have a place in the church because of that.

I am sure you can think of many Christian Praise Songs, which can be doctrinally sound, but not really appropriate to be singing in church.

What do you think?

(Originally posted Nov.22, 2009)

Christian Praise- The Secret of the Universe

Praise the Secret of the Universe

Christian Praise: The Secret of the Universe

 

Christian Praise Has Power!

Many people have read the book “The Secret” and do not realize that many of the teachings in there came from Christian Praise Principles taught in the Bible. Yes, the Bible has many things to say about the Christian Praise Principles that can be used to enhance our daily lives today.

The main difference is that “The Secret” focuses on our own wants and desires, …what we can get…pretty selfish actually 🙁

This is where people miss the actual law that this premise is based on. God does promise to give us the desires of our heart and give us an abundant life but our hearts must be set on Him. Loving Him with all of our strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

We are to do nothing out of vain ambition but we are to consider others better than ourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

Matthew 6: 19-21: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

In John 10:10: Jesus said, The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy but I came that they may have life and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) Amplified Bible.

As Christians we know that the thief is referring to is the Devil. All evil comes from him. He is here to steal, kill and destroy us and our dreams if he can. But, through the power of Christian Praise, we are able to stop the fiery darts of the devil as we learn to lift our voices in praise to God who loves to pour his blessing upon all of His Children. Blessings are ours as we Praise God.

There is immense power in Christian Praise and the Devil does not want you to know about it. He will do all he can to keep you in a negative mindset because he knows that as long as you are dwelling on your problems, you will not be in the mood to praise God and will forfeit the blessings God has for you.

This is why Christian Praise is often referred to as the “Sacrifice of Praise“.

We need to come out from the darkness and despair and offer to God the sacrifice of Praise. It is miraculous but, as we begin to offer up these sacrifices of Christian Praise, God comes to inhabit the praises of His people and things begin to change.

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15

Yes, God actually inhabits, or lives, in the praises of His People. When we offer Christian Praise we are actually bringing God right onto the scene in our lives.

Psalm 22:3 says “But Thou Art Holy, Thou that inhabitist the praises of Israel”.

Let us look at Paul and Silas as an example: Paul and Silas when beaten and put in jail for proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ could have sat there and complained. I can picture it now can’t you?

“Oh great, here we are trying to get the good news out and we end up in this cold, dark jail. Where is God? Why would He let this happen to us?”

But they didn’t complain. The Bible tells us that they sang praises to God! Can you imagine! Even in that dark, cold gloomy jail, they didn’t think about their circumstances. No! They thought about the blessings of God and Christian Praise flowed from that dark, gloomy dungeon.

Acts 16:16-35: God sent an earthquake and all the chains from the prison doors were loosed. No one fled, they stayed right where they were. This ended up being a miracle to the jailer who thought he would have lost all of the prisoners, but this worked together for the good of Paul and Silas. Not only were they set free, but the jailer came to know the Lord through them.

What Lessons we can learn from this:

  • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out from us, God comes to abide.
  • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out from us, God sets us free.
  • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out from us, God’s love is proclaimed.
  • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out of us, all things will work together for our good because we love God and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

“The Secret” may have some people fooled into thinking that just being positive will bring them all that they want but it is very plainly a lie from the Devil. It is only as we praise God and believe in Him in faith that He will bring about the things He has promised us.

What things?

  • He came to give us abundant life
  • He promises to work all things out together for good to those that love Him
  • He promises to add all the things that are necessary for life if we seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness
  • He promises us that if we believe, we will receive that which we ask for.

This is truly the real SECRET of the Universe!

 (originally posted Sept.3, 2009)

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Christian Praise: God Dwells in the Praises of His People

God Dwells in the Praises of His People

God Dwells In The Praises of His People

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel (kjv) Psalm 22:3

I just finished reading an article on Christian Praise and how it affects non-Christians. It bought back fond memories of when I first attended a Pentecostal Church.

Being bought up in a mainline church in the Montreal area of Canada I was used to singing hymns and nice little songs like “Jesus Loves Me”. This kept me on track when I was a little girl, but when I grew up and came back to God, my relationship with Him was completely different. He was no longer a God somewhere up there in the sky who was watching to see if I was naughty or nice (Kind of like a glorified Santa Claus). This time it was different!

I could feel the presence of Jesus in my life and I knew something inside of me had changed. I decided it was time to go back to church. Sadly, what I found in church was not what I was experiencing in my own one on one time spent with God.

I started to think perhaps I was strange, perhaps I was overly emotional, perhaps, I was somehow wrong. Those around me didn’t get all excited about Jesus like I did. What was wrong with me?

I still continued to go to church as I knew this is what God wanted of me, and I loved learning more and more about the Lord every chance I could get.

Later, I met my husband to be and he was a Pentecostal. He told me about the Pentecostal church and I thought to my self….This sounds very strange to me…I was very leery on going but he finally convinced me to go to a meeting with him and I was totally surprised.

Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that mainline church goers are not true worshipers or have no feelings, or that Pentecostals are the only true believers or whatever. I am simply stating that the two churches I had attended were as different as night and day.

That night that I attended the church with my future husband, was a turning point in my life. I realized as I stood there praising God with those around me that there was a presence that I had never felt in a church before. Yes, I had experienced this presence in my own prayer life, but never in a congregation. It was like I was finally home. Finally, I could feel the presence of God amongst those who were worshiping. It was like heaven had come down and the glory of God had filled that auditorium that night.

Since becoming a Christian Worship Leader it has always been my goal to lead those in the congregation to the place where they too can feel the presence of God in the midst of them.

It is only in the presence of our awesome God that people can know, without the shadow of a doubt, that they are in the presence of God.

As Worship Leaders we are like the doorkeepers to the very presence of God. We must lead them gently from the outer courts into the Holy of Holies where they can sense God and the beauty of His Holiness.

The article that I had read, reminded me of the importance of Christian Worship and its effects on the non-Christian, as well as those who were already Christians.

The article was entitled: “Worship and the Visitor,” sadly it is no longer available.

Hopefully this blog post will help you realize the importance of Christian Praise and Worship in our services and will stir up in you a hunger to be in the presence of God.

 

(originally written on November 2, 2009)