Praise and Worship Made Clear

What is it?
Contemporary Praise and Worship as a music style grew out of the Jesus movement that was popularized in the 70s.

Like the music of that time, which made Christian congregational music more flexible and less formal, the contemporary praise and worship music movement of current times has carried on that practice.

Lyrics tend toward experiencing God versus older hymns of earlier times which emphasized theology.

Praise is defined as our reaction to what God has done or to who God is. It is in response to a specific deed or act, as in Isaiah 25:1.

arms outstretched in worship

Worship is a response to God's revelation of Himself resulting in obedience. Without God revealing Himself to us, we do not know how to follow Him.

Truth-based worship that honors Almighty God depends on His initiation from our invitation.

We all worship something or someone.

Harold Best, in his book, Music Through the Eyes of Faith, defines worship in the broadest sense as "acknowledging that someone or something else is greater - worth more - and by consequence, to be obeyed, feared, and adored…Worship is the sign that in giving myself completely to someone or something, I want to be mastered by it. (p. 143)

Warren Wiersbe, in his book, Real Worship writes: "Worship is the believer’s response of all that they are - mind, emotions, will, body - to what God is and says and does." (p. 26)

From William Temple’s (1881-1944) Readings in St. John’s Gospel, "Worship is the submission of all our nature to God.

It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His Beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose - and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin".

Musical Instruments
Often the emphasis on singing overshadows the importance of playing instruments skillfully as commanded in Psalm 33.

As a music major in college whenever I played in church, there was something special that made those moments bigger than just the notes and the music itself.

When I heard the story of David playing for Saul and how the evil spirit left, I started to understand why.

Music played from being inspired by the Holy Spirit has the power to release men and women from the oppression of evil. You can read the story in I Sam 16:23.

Instrumentalists should be encouraged to express their praise in musical form without the need for lyrics.

The anointing of God upon the congregation will drive away whatever is troubling them.

Praise and Worship chords are guitar chords that are basic to common song keys.

Those included here are a quick reference. Practice these as a foundation to learning more.

When you're learning go slow. Work toward no buzzes and that each chord note can be heard.

For a video you can practice with try this:

praise and worship chords

Praise and Worship mp3 is only a click from here.

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Be encouraged in your walk with these words:

Like a potter shapes the clay
Like a sculptor cuts the stone
Mold me to Your image
Till Your glory shows
Like a servant to his king
Like a maiden to her queen
I will look to You O Lord
While I have my being

Fixing my eyes on You
Finding my life in You
Opening my heart and soul
In Your presence I am whole
Fixing my eyes on You

Worship expression is an important aspect in today's modern Praise and Worship.

Worship means to kiss toward or bow down.

The video here shows one church bowing in worship.

Praise and Worship