TEXT: JOHN 4:19-24, PHIL 3:3,
1PET 2:5
AIM: TRUE WORSHIP; worshiping in Spirit and in truth

As Christians, we must keep learning and keep making discoveries of what belongs to us in Christ. Different people have different ideas. But, we need to understand that the bible is our authority. In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus went to the house of Martha. Martha was concerned about serving Jesus, but Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. Sat at the feet is a term used for learning. Many of us are busy with some many things, such that we have less time to learn from the bible. One thing is needful. Spend your time with the word.

In John 4:22, Jesus made a statement that we need to take note of “Ye worship ye know not what”. That means you can practise a lot of things but lack understanding. Knowledge is so important.
So, in previous weeks, we have been studying what worship really is, what it entails, how it is being done, how a believer ought to do it, what worshipping in spirit and truth means, amongst others. This week we will dive into praise, looking at what it means, and how it is different from worship if at all it is.

Praise is an action. It means to express approval or admiration especially through words. It consists in a sincere acknowledgment of a real conviction of worth. (Rev. 4:11, Rev. 5:12)

1. Praise magnifies the object of the word (Luke 1:46)
2. Praise should be done in rejoicing (Phil 4:4)
3. Praise can accompany prayer (Col 1:3)

(Eph 5:19, Col 3:16)

In the New Testament, Psalms is used in two ways.
1. For the writings of David
(Luke 20:42, Luke 24:44, Acts 1:20, Acts 2:25, Acts 13:33)

2. For a piece of music to the Lord.
(1Cor. 14:26, Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16, Jam. 5:13)

In (Matt 26:30; Mark 14:26), we see that Jesus and the disciples sang hymns after the Passover. In (Acts 16:25), Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God.

A Psalm is a hymn which is a spiritual song. While praise may not be singing, our singing should be praise. We are to sing praises to God.
We do not necessarily sing the psalms of David anymore but we sing the fulfilment of Jesus in the psalms.

Just like we have studied that our worship to God is our Christian service. Jesus spoke about a new order of worship “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

Then, worship should be the attitude in our praise. Therefore, not praise and worship but a praise that is worshipful.
As believers, we offer sacrifices of praise through Jesus (Heb. 13:15). Our giving of thanks and rejoicing, should be in Christ (Col 3:17, Phil 3:3).

I sing praises to your name, for your name is great and greatly to be praised.

a) How is praise related to worship?
b) In what better way can I make use of the psalms now?
c) How best can I praise God?


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