Prayers of Praise

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise him all creatures here below.

We are given so much because our God is so great and powerful. He created us. He created our home, our family, our country. We are because of Him. He deserves and expects our praise every moment of every day. Why do I feel like I have to convince someone of how deserving our Lord is of praise? When we come to our knees to speak with Him often we tend to call out as a cry for help! We need something. We want something. How often do our prayers consist of praise?

What is praise? How do we do it?

Most often we praise with a song! Yeah- that’s it! I praised at church today when the PRAISE band sang. We tend to categorize our worship with the idea that now that our singing portion of a service is over, the praise is over. After praising, then we learn. Though this is how many modern Christians view and participate in worship, it isn’t the case. There are different forms of praise that we are neglecting:

  1. Our spoken word shows praise. Synonyms of praise consists of ‘admire’ and ‘applaud.’ You can speak words of admiration to God. Next time in prayer consider using those words; “I applaud you, Jesus. I admire you, Lord.” Tell Him you love Him.
  2.  Our bodies show praise. Lifting of hands is praise despite what your Catholic parents/Sunday school teacher/friend tells you. And similarly, the crossing of our bodies or genuflecting of the knee shows praise. In all fashions, our motions show worship and reverence to the Lord. “Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.” 1 Timothy 2:8 Embrace the idea of praising with your whole body.
  3. Our obedience to God’s word shows praise. We admire him if we listen and follow his directions found in the Word. We praise him when we choose righteousness over fleshly desires. The examples for obedience is endless and another blog post for another time. Begin by reading His Word.

Below are the lyrics to “Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman. A little background about the song- Redman was on a worship team at his church. The pastor preached about worship and challenging his parishioners to truly plug into worship instead of taking it all in like a consumer. They chose to unplug the stereo system and stop the music worship for awhile. This forced the members to sincerely dig deep and to offer their hearts authentically before the Lord. There were no guitars, piano or bass to mask an artificial idea of worship. As the change of worship seemed to sweep across the congregation and members poured their heart into prayer, they reintroduced the band and music. Redman wrote of this transformation into new song. Read these lyrics. Don’t sing them at first. Read them.

When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless Your heart
I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required

You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You,It’s all about You, Jesus

King of endless worth
No one could express
How much You deserve
Though I’m weak and poor
All I have is Yours
Every single breath
I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus

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