| Worship Vs Praise is there a Difference?
There is a difference between Praising the Lord and Worshiping Him. Lets take the subject of Praise:
Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
Praise the Lord with harp, sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands.
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, this is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name.
According to the above, Praise consists of song, music, words, and we are to do this consistently, even when it is a sacrifice.
At times, when we’re having a rough time it can indeed be difficult to rejoice in what is taking place. But as we study the word of God, we know that everything is happening for a reason and that reason is for our growth and the Lord’s glory! (Rom 8:28)
According to the Word of God, the Lord inhabits the praises of His children.
But thou art holy, o holy that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Wow what a promise! When we offer praises to the Lord, His spirit fills each word and His power goes forth. See this next verse:
2 Chr 20:22
And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
These armies being stopped by the Lord, are pointing us in the direction of the enemy as he sets traps for us. As we praise the Lord we will walk in His power and protection.
Lets take a look at Worship:
1 Chr 16:29
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord our maker.
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
According to this, worship is not singing and such; but it is an action taken in acknowledging the Lord as our LORD.
According to the Greek dictionary:
Praise (aineo) to speak in praise of, to praise.
Praise (humneo) “to sing, to laud, sing to the praise of”
Praise (exomologeo) “will I give praise”; “I will confess”.
Worship (proskuneo) “to make obeisance, do reverence to” used as of an act of homage or reverence to God.
Worship (latreuo) “to serve, to render religious service or homage”; to worship (by the Spirit of God) “to worship (God in Spirit).
Worship goes beyond praise; it is an act of bowing down and honoring the Lord God. Worship is also an act, for example in our daily work: we serve others as a way of worshiping the Lord. Our very life should be an act of worship.
There have been many times, while ministering on a one to one that the person would continue speaking words of praise. The Holy Spirit would tell me to instruct them to be silent and drink in His Spirit, allowing the Holiness of God to bathe them. There is a time to be silent before the Lord. We often think we must continue to speak His praises in order to show we adore Him; but not so.
Has the Holy Spirit ever told you to lie down flat before the Lord? He had me do this one time in church, as I repented for not speaking forth as I should have. It was awesome. As I lay on the floor the presence of the Lord swept over and through me, letting me bathe in His love. I was in the back and no one could easily see me, so it was not for show; in fact I was not very comfortable doing it. But the joy and peace that came with the obedience was beyond measure, that was worship.
We need to be bold in our praises as well as our worship; not allowing man to rob us of our blessings. There are times we hesitate to raise our hands to the Lord out of embarrassment; well that’s a silly and dangerous thing to do. He tells us if we deny Him before men He will deny us before His father.
I pray this has been a bit of encouragement for you to open up and rejoice in our LORD. He alone is worthy of our praise and worship.
I pray the blesses you and inhabits your home and family.