“Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!” Psalm 150:1
Bible Passage: Psalm 150:1-6
It is tempting to view praise and worship as just an item on the order of service without worship leader tells us to and some of the time wondering when it will end so we can get back to our seats.
Purposes of Congregational Praise and Worship
- Minister unto the Lord: We first and foremost gather in our services to bless the Lord as we praise and worship. Deut. 21:5, 1 Peter 2:9, Psalm 134
- Invite the manifest presence of God: God inhabits the praises of His people and in His presence His power is revealed. Psalm 22:3 His presence is the distinguishing factor between a gathering of believers and all other social gatherings. Luke 5:17
- Creates a conducive atmosphere for the expressions of the gifts of the Spirit: The sight of one of the Kings that came to request counsel from Elijah put him off. He then had to request a minstrel to be brought to create the atmosphere where he could express his prophetic gift. “ 2 Kings 3:11-20
- Opens the channels of communication between God and us: Psalm 42:2, singing songs of praise and worship to God helps us focus on God as we communicate with Him. This sometimes provides people who have not prayed or read their Bibles in a while an opportunity to connect with God during the service.
- Teach and reinforce spiritual truth: Rev. 4:11; 7:12; Ex. 15:11. Some of the songs we sing are straight out of God’s word, what better way to reinforce God’s truth than to sing it out aloud.
- Prepares our hearts to receive the word Psa. 119:18, Psa. 85:8. It is easier to receive the word after a session of praise and worship even it is a rebuke. This is because your spirit would have become more sensitive to His Spirit.
- Helps to vocally confess your faith: Psalm 118:15, Psalm 66:5
Our faith confessions can be expressed with the songs that are used for praise and worship.
Your Responsibility as a Participant
To prepare oneself to partake optimally in the experience of congregational praise and worship, we should pray 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Reading the word, especially the psalms, will tune our hearts for worship. Also dealing with sin in our lives so that we can enter his presence without guilt Psalm 15, Matthew 5:23-24.
The only furniture that God did not ask to be put in the Holy of Holies was a chair. Hebrews 9:1-5, 2 Chronicles 4:19-22. No provision was made for a chair because sitting to praise and worship God does not show reverence or respect for Him. Being on our feet or knees also keeps us alert and more focused. Forms of posture that can be taken during congregational praise and worship include: lifting of our hands, clapping of hands, playing musical instrument, standing, kneeling, bowing and prostration, dancing and shouting.
c) Keep the Right Attitude
Decide to be self-motivated Psalm 34:1. And take responsibility to stir yourself up to participate in exhorting and glorifying God. Choose not to be a spectator. Full participation should occur and be irrespective of whether your favourite songs are being sung or not; the choir not singing well or the instrumentalist is making mistakes. Also do not approach God for a hand out rather reach out to bless Him. Psalm 63:1 Release yourself and have an attitude of humility James 4:6
Do not be a spectator when praise and worship is going on at your local church services. It has purposes and it will be beneficial to your local church if treated with importance.
RCCG UK Sunday School Manual 2/7/13
Sunday School is at 10am every Sunday morning at Chapel of Grace
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