This means that before you get to church or the place of worship, we are suppose to be praising God. We should have begun to set our hearts and mind on praising God and thanking Him for all His marvelous works. Not only that, we are to praise God just for the mere fact that he is God! and He deserves to receive worship and praise from the fruit of our lips.
No one should have to pump us up, coerce us, or embarrass us so that we will begin to audibly praise the Lord in the sanctuary. The fact that God gave you the breath in your body, and at any minute He could if he wanted to withdraw it, you would no longer be alive. That should convince you that He is worthy to be praised! There is value in corporate worship. It is great when we can come together like this and praise God. but that should not be the only time when you and I mention His name. That should not be the only time when we lift up the name of the Most High. That should not be the only time when we sing a song unto the Lord with a voice of triumph. If we have been doing these things throughout the week, we should not need anyone to get us all fired up on Sunday morning. We should enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and enter into His courts with praise.
The second dimension of praise is called, "Yadah." It means: "To confess," and "Praise." Surprisingly it has some on the same meaning as Todah. Yadah means: "To hold out the hand," or to physically throw a stone or an arrow at or away from something." (Lamentations 3:53; Jeremiah 50:14.) In Scriptures, it refers primarily to extending the hands in reverence or worship. Thus, yadah is the dimension of praise where you begin to take control over your body and your mind.
It was first used in the story of the birth of Judah, yadah is used primarily in the Book
of Psalms. It is translated as to "praise" (see Gen. 2935; Ps. 18:49), to "thank" (see 1 Chron. 16:4;23:30), and "thanksgiving" (see Neh. 11:17). Overlapping in meaning with other Hebrew words for praise, including halal, yadah is found in the Scriptures primarily in settings of public rituals and worship, particularly where the group of worshipers is renewing their relationship with God. Often this occurs in the context of reciting or celebrating God's acts of salvation and in glorifying His name. Rarely is yadah used in the context of individual worship.
When worshipers are expressing "Yadah," they are recognizing their own sense of unworthiness to receive all of God's benefits. Thus, yadah, like todah, may have the meaning of making confession for sin. hence it is translated "confess or "confession, " some 20 times in the Old Testament (see Lev. 5:5 16:21; Num. 5:7; Ezr. 1-:1; Ps. 32:5; Prov. 28:13).
Your worship in private prepares you for the public service with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Many times the Lord works all day long to get into our lives because we don't give him our day in the beginning. He watches us tough our struggles and says, "My goodness, How I wish I could get into your day, but ther is no place for me. You haven't allowd me into your space. You haven't mentioned my name all day long or given men any praise today, so that must mean that you have it made in the shade, you have it altogether!"
I am reminded or a slogan that was pinned by a famous actor, Clint Eastwood in a move entitled: Dirty Harry." In the movie he portrayed a rogue cop and earned the nickname, "Dirty Harry." Dirty Harry was known for his no nonsense approach to catching and dealing with criminals. His intent was to get the bad guy to give up his gun and surrender. he would say something like: "Well, do your feel lucky today? Hun punk?" did I shoot off five rounds or six? Well do you feel lucky? Come on, make my day!"
Listen saints, that is what the devil whispers in our ears before, during and after service. The devil uses our hurts, anger, sickness, frustrations and anxieties by taunting and mocking us. Listen to the devil. "Are you doing to pray today? You prayed that prayer last week and nothing has happened yet!" Are you going to worship today? Why are you lifting your hands? You know there is no hope for you, god won't even hear you when you pray. You've been smoking and drinking and you name is all over the neighbor, You might as well put you hands down and quit pretending that you have a chance to get delivered."
But I have good news for you out there today! The devil is a liar. God is concerned about you. He has a plan for your life and mine. God does love us, that is why He sent His son to die for sinners like you and me. When we take our mind off of the devil and off of ourselves, the Holy Spirit will get into our space and begin to worship through us. The question is: "Are You Going To Whine or Worship? (thanks Elder LZorraine W
Something happens during corporate worship that can either throw cold water on the Spirit of God or ignite a fire that no man can quench. You're either going to cooperate with the Holy Spirit or you're going to lose out on the miraculous opportunity to kiss the face of God, and usher him into your very presence. Whenever He shows up, you can be sure that Glory will follow, along with miracles signs, and wonders. I encourage you to press past you natural feelings and inclination to accept mediocrity when it comes to worship. Step aside and give up your rights of complacency and allow the King of Kings to invade your worship. You won't regret it.
Be Blessed and "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers."