Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11 (additional reading: Psalm 17:1-15 and Proverbs 19:22-23)
The Bible encourages us, and exhorts us, and even commands us to “PRAISE” the Lord. What is praise? You may think “Oh, that’s easy. Praise is the three fast choruses we sing to start the meeting, and then worship is the three slow ones we sing after that!” Is that right? No, it’s not. Did you realise that in the New Testament the words praise, worship, glory, and honour are ALL translated from the same one Greek word?! The word is “doxa”, and its base meaning is GLORY. How it is translated depends solely on the context.
If there is any difference between praise and worship it is simply that WORSHIP is how we esteem God – it’s the attitude of adoration in the heart. You can worship God without a sound. PRAISE, however, is the articulation of that adoring heart. When we praise God we give vent and voice to our heart of worship. So, worship has to do with ESTIMATION. Praise has to do with ARTICULATION. But both mean to give God esteem – to commend Him highly.
Today’s reading shows how praise made way for the manifest presence of God which simply overtook the temple. When was the last time you saw the glory of God in such an awesome way?
The New Testament teaches us that we are God’s temple. As we praise and worship God with our lives we open the way for Him to use us and fill us with His Spirit. We allow Him to take over our lives and do amazing things as He points people to Himself.
Is your life and church marked by praise and worship?
Father, Thank You for those moments when You draw so near to us. Help us to live our lives in praise and worship to You. Help us to be sensitive to Your Spirit at work amongst us. In Jesus’ name, Amen