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Christian Praise: Leading Christian Praise and Worship Music

leading christian praise and Worship Music

Christian Praise

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:Christian Praise and Worship Songs in a Minor Key

Christian Praise Jesus Name above All NamesChristian 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 )

I Hope This Helps

Source(s):

I am a Song Leader in the Church
I am the Author of Christian Praise Blog

 (Originally posted February 12, 2010)

Christian Praise: How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art

 Christian Praise

How Great Thou Art

In Christian Praise, the lyrics to the Christian Song “How Great Thou Art” are very familiar even to those who are non Bible Believing Christians. It is a close runner up with the song “Amazing Grace” and for good reason.

As I have explained in other blog posts, Christian Praise is all about bringing our attention to the great things God has done in our lives. We need to focus on the great things God has done FOR us before we can worship Him for who He is. This is the distinction between Christian Praise and Worship.

Thinking about all of the wonderful things God has done for us and how he has created all good things for us helps us to concentrate on what a wonderful God we serve.

Read the lyrics and listen to the video and see if it doesn’t help you turn your attention away from your problems and onto God who is above all of these daily turmoil’s. Your daily problems will not seem so big when you realize how big your God is.

This song was originally a Swedish folk melody, called “O Store Gud” by Carl Boberg (1859-1940) It was translated in 1899 by Stuart K. Hine.

Here are the lyrics for “How Great Thou Art”

Verse1:

O Lord My God!

When I In Awesome Wonder Consider All The Worlds Thy Hands Have Made,

I See The Stars, I Hear The Rolling Thunder,

Thy Power Throughout The Universe Displayed:

 

Chorus:

Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

 

Verse 2:

When Through The Woods And Forest Glades I Wander

And Hear The Birds Sing Sweetly In The Trees

When I Look Down From Lofty Mountain Grandeur

And Hear The Brook And Feel The Gentle Breeze

 

Chorus:

Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

 

Verse 3:

And When I Think That God, His Son Not Sparing,

Sent Him To Die, I Scarce Can Take It In

That On The Cross, My Burden Gladly Bearing,

He Bled And Died To Take Away My Sin

 

Chorus:

Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

 

Verse 4:

When Christ Shall Come With Shout Of Acclamation

And Take Me Home, What Joy Shall Fill My Heart!

Then I Shall Bow In Humble Adoration,

And There Proclaim, My God, How Great Thou Art!

 

Chorus:

Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

 

Enjoy this beautiful rendition by Yolanda Adams!

(originally posted Oct.6, 2009)

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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