“Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.” 2 Corinthians 6:10 NIV
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3 NKJV
“To give them the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” Isaiah 61:3 NKJV
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:1-2 NIV
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice.” Psalm 95:6-7 NIV
Praise is for what He has done. Worship is for who He is.
Praise is horizontal. Worship is vertical.
Praise is a choice. Worship is a response.
✓ Praise focuses on God, not me.
“Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me...” Psalm 50:23 NIV
✓ Praise reminds me of the eternal, not the temporal.
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed...For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 17-18 NIV
✓ Praise is outward, not inward.
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13:15 NIV
“Right at the crest, where Mount Olives begins its descent, the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed: Blessed is he who comes, the king in God’s name! All’s well in heaven! Glory in the high places! Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, get your disciples under control!” But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”” Luke 19:37-40 MSG
1. Making music.
“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 92:1 NIV
“Praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.” Psalm 150:3-5 NIV
2. Standing in public.
“I will thank you in front of the great assembly. I will praise you before all the people.” Psalm 35:18 NLT
“My feet stand on level ground; in the great congregation I will praise the Lord.” Psalms 26:12 NIV
3. Singing out loud.
“Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.” Ps 149:1 NIV
“Be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.” Ephesians 5:18-19 NLT
4. Clapping my hands.
“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.” Psalms 47:1 NIV
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12 NIV
5. Lifting my hands.
“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:3-4 NIV
“Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” 1 Timothy 2:8 NIV
6. Shouting in victory.
“O clap your hands, all ye people; Shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” Psalm 47:1 KJV
“Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!” Joshua 6:16 NIV
7. Dancing for joy.
“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.” Psalms 30:11 NLT
“Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might.” 2 Samuel 6:14 NIV