Today I want to discuss the topic of Praise and Worship.
Dr. Myles Munroe writes extensively on the topic of praise and worship in his book entitled: "The Purpose and Power of Praise and Worship." It is a must have if you are a pastor of a church or ministry, a psalmist, worship leader or member of a worship team, a choir director as well as a member of a choir. In short any one that has anything to do musically in the church, should avail themselves to the teaching that is available in this book.
Most people are not aware that there is a progression of praise and that praise takes you up the hill of the Lord! God makes a difference for us when He is near. Sadly, His manifest presence is often absent from our churches. We come to beautiful structures but we see no power because the Spirit of God is not active among us. This is due in large part because we do not know how to attract Him. We don't know how to build a throne where God can sit in the midst of His people. And I contend that we cannot do this because, we are too busy placing people on the throne in our worship services. We spend inordinate amounts of time honoring people, when we should be honoring, praising and blessing the Lord!.
Oh, we may sing, dance, clap and go through the rest of the forms and motions that characterize praise, yet we never experience the awesome reality of seeing God's presence manifest among His people. Is God reluctant to come to us? Most likely the answer to that question is, No! It is probably the other way around. Praise that reaches God takes us beyond the confinement of routines, yet actually follows a pattern or a progression. A lot of times we are in a hurry to get somewhere, do some other routine thing in our service, that we don't put a demand on the anointing that it takes to usher the Spirit of the the living God into the sanctuary.
But praise that follows a pattern or progression is seen in seven Hebrew words that are used in the Old Testament to describe praise.the seven Hebrew words are: Todah, Yadah, Halal, Shabach, Zamar, Tehillah, and Barak. These certainly are not the only words used to command and exemplify praise, but they reveal the essence of what God attracting praise entails. The first of these dimensions or portraits, is called Todah.
"Todah," means: To Praise. it is the regular word for "thanks." In the Bible it is used in songs of worship and is translated as "Praise," (Psalms 42:4 KJV; 50:23 KJV; 56:12 KJV; " thanksgiving;" (see Psalms 26: KJV; 50:14 KJV; 69;30; Ia. 51:3) and "giving thanks;" (see Neh. 12:27-38), with particular emphasis on the concept of offering praise or thanksgiving as a sacrifice to God (see Psalm 50:14,23; 56:12; 107:22; 116:17. This concept of giving an offering or sacrifice to God is also seen in that "Todah" is the word used to refer to the thank offerings presented in the Tabernacle (see Lev. 7:12-15; 2 Chron. 29:1; 33:16; Ps. 50:14,23; 56:12). Today may also mean to "make confession" to God concerning sin ( see Josh. 7:19 Ezr 10:110.
Today is the result of a conscious effort or choice on our part to praise the Lord. It always goes beyond our personal feelings based on the moment; for example, how we feel. Todah will cause us to praise God no matter what is going on in our life, no matter how uncomfortable we may be with what is currently going on in the worship service. Some people get upset or uncomfortable when the Holy Spirit begins to take control of the service, and the level of worship shifts to another level. But if you begin to "Todah," you forget about what is happening around you, and command your mind, body, soul, and spirit to praise the Lord. "Todah," could be view as "our reasonable service" to the Lord. (Romans 12:1-2). When we think a bout all that the Lord has done for us, when we consider who He is, and the greatness of His glory, we shouldn't have a problem giving God what rightfully belongs to Him.
In other words "Todah" is our sacrifice, our offering, that tells God we want Him and are willing to make and effort to be with Him.
My plan is to present each of these seven dimensions or portraits of praise on this blog site. It is vitally important in the hour that we as Christians live in, to make sure that we offer unto God the sacrifice of praise. We cannot and must mot take Him for granted. We cannot and must not send up "strange fire" to our Heavenly Father. We must send up a sweet smelling fragrance in His nostrils, that signifies our dying to self, and lifts up an aroma that tells God, we want the more of Him. We want our praise to be pleasing to Him, we want the way that we give to bless Him, we want the way that we live to put a smile on His face.
I hope this teaching begins to stir and tug at your heartstrings because true, worship starts before you even hit the church doors. Every child of God should have their own private place of worship in their home. Every saint should have set a time to worship and get into His presence before you leave home, and even while you are preparing yourself to come into the presence of the Lord.
Well, I am not done, but finished this word for today. Enjoy this beautiful day and:
"Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers."