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Bible Lessons

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How Praise and Worship Differ
Psalm 34:1
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
John 4:23
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Praise and Worship - They mean two different things, yet we use them interchangeably. We find ourselves inclined to define Praise & Worship by beats per measure. We tend to think that praise means fast songs and worship means slow songs. However, praise and worship are not based on tempo: they are based on the words spoken and and expression given. In this lesson we will develop the differences between the two.


What is Praise?
Psalm 100
“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you land! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting., and His truth endures to all generations.”

Praise is continual. Whether you do it or I do it, or even if we refuse, praise is and will always be. In this lesson we will look at the Hebrew and Greek words for praise and establish a basis for how God is praised and what praise is all about.


What is Worship?
Psalm 95:6-7
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For His is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.”

Worship is about relationship. To worship God you have to get to know Him. Know His heart. Be familiar with His thoughts. Be fully given over to Him. In this lesson we will look at the Hebrew and Greek words for worship and come to a better understanding of how God desires us to worship Him.


Where Praise Meets Worship
Psalm 96
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations. His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord to glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts; Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.”

From praise to worship. From the Outer Court to the Inner Chamber. From horizontal to vertical. In this lesson we will come to a better understanding of what it means turn from praise to worship and how it flows practically in a modern church service.


God’s Blueprint – The Tabernacle of Moses
Exodus 25:9
“According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.”
Exodus 26:30

"And you shall raise up the Tabernacle according to its pattern which you were shown on the mountain."

God laid out a blueprint for how He wants to be worshipped. He gave great detail. In this lesson we will research the Tabernacle of Moses, its furnishings and how they relate and correspond to praise and worship today.


King David’s Example
I Samuel 16:12-13
“So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, ‘Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.”

There is a reason we know David as “a man after God’s own heart.” David understood praise and worship. He knew what it meant to worship God in the midst of despair. He realized that the way to God’s heart was through worship – extravagant worship! In this lesson we will look at David’s life and how we can learn from his passionate desire to praise and worship God.


 

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