Is it possible to know the differences in what type of praise and worship songs is used in any corporate worship service?

Yes there is…

You need to understand that praise and worship is NOT music, but they are words to help with understanding how to acceptably worship God, Elohim. Hear is a quick lesson for anyone who would love to know more about praise and worship songs sung in a corporate or individual worship.

When listening to any Christian song, image the cross. If the song moves you to look vertical at the top of the cross [singing directly to God or Jesus], you are worshipping. If not [singing to yourself or congregation about God, Jesus, Holy Spirit], you are praising in the horizontal position; in which Christ died for us.

If you remember this, it will be easy for you to catch on with this exercise. I would like for you to guess the differences in each song below. I will have the answers for you later on. Just focus on the songs. Will you be able to point out the praise song, worship song, or a combination of the both? Also, dispel the myth that worship songs are slow, and praise songs are fast. Are you ready?

1. What type of song is this?
10, 000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman

Bless the Lord O My Soul, I’ll Worship Your Holy Name!

Did you guess this type of song from the lyrics? Is it vertical or horizontal worship.

2. What type of song is this?
Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli

It is great to seek the Lord’s presence by inviting the Holy Spirit to fill the atmosphere to where you are. Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for! Do you get that type of song, after hearing and seeing the word?

3. What type of song is this?
Lord I Need You by Matt Maher

Did you listen closely? I know you guess this one.  Every hour we need the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes  we do!

4. What type of song is this?
Worthy is the Lamb by Hillsong featuring Darlene Zschech

Was this difficult for you to figure out? We thank you Lord. Worthy is the Lamb, Crown Him with Many Crowns! We reign victories

5. What type of song is this?
Invincible God by Martha Munizzi

This is a great song – God is an awesome God! Praise Him. Did you get this one?

6. What type of song is this?
Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin

He is perfect in all of your ways, Good Good Father!

Was this a little bit easy? God has always been a good Father to us. Amen.

7. What type of song is this?
     God of Wonders by Rebecca St. James

Yes the Lord is Holy! We can declare it, because we are apart of this universe. Are they easy to guess now?

8. What type of song is this?
    Because of Who You Are by Vicki Yohe

Can you worship the Lord just because? O Yes, you and I can! I worship the Lord just because of who He is. Glory! Did you guess this type of song?

9. What type of song is this?
Nobody Greater by VaShawn Mitchell

Awesome is the Lord, All of His ways! There is nobody greater than Jesus. Glory Hallelujah!

What type of song? Praise, Worship, or a Combination?

10. What type of song is this?
Breathe by Michael W. Smith

Are we lost without God? Yes! Do we need Jesus Christ in our lives? Yes! Your finish thoughts?

Here are you answers:

  1. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman

    Audience: horizontal worship for congregation
    Explanation: You are expressing how your soul feels about the Lord, even though you said, “I’ll worship your holy name”.
    Type of Song: Praise

  2. Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli

    Audience: horizontal worship for congregation
    Explanation: You are expressing how your soul feels about the Lord’ s presence, “Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for to be overcome by your presence Lord”
    Type of Song: Praise

  3. Lord I Need You by Matt Maher

    Audience: vertical worship for congregation
    Explanation: The title of the song is a die giveaway. You are expressing directly to the Lord that you are in need of Him – “Every hour I need you.”
    Type of Song: Worship

  4. Worship Is The Lamb by Hillsong

    Audience: Combination of worship and praise for congregation
    Explanation: You are expressing gratitude towards what the Lord has done for you directly to Him, as you then moving towards the sight of His awesomeness by saying, “Worthy is the Lamb”.
    Type of Song: Worship to Praise

  5. Invincible God by Martha Munizzi

    Audience: vertical worship for congregation
    Explanation: Yes this is a fast song, however you are singing directly to God saying, “There’s nobody like you Lord, there’s nobody like you, king of glory, strong and mighty, there’s nobody like you”! I can agree totally.
    Type of Song: Worship

  6. Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin

    Audience: horizontal worship for congregation
    Explanation: You are expressing how good the Father God has been to you. He loves you.
    Type of Song: Praise

  7. God of Wonders by Rebecca St. James

    Audience: Combination of praise and worship for congregation
    Explanation: You are expressing how with this universe we are without excuse not knowing God of wonders, to praising Him for being the Lord and maker of heaven and earth. Hallelujah!
    Type of Song: Praise and Worship

  8. Because of Who You Are by Vicki Yohe

    Audience: vertical worship for congregation
    Explanation: You are expressing how your soul feels about the Lord, but you are telling Him directly. You could has talked about Him to the audience, but you choose not too!
    Type of Song: Worship

  9. Nobody Greater by Vashawn Mitchell

    Audience: horizontal worship for congregation
    Explanation: You are expressing how your soul feels about the Lord’s redemption plans for us, when saying,”I looked high and low, still couldn’t find, nobody greater than you”. We still haven’t switch to singing directly to Him. There’s no other comparison to our Mighty King of kings, Lord of lords, Jesus Christ!
    Type of Song: Praise

  10. Breathe by Michael W. Smith

    Audience: horizontal worship for congregation
    Explanation: This is a slow song, so it must be worship right? No, you are expressing how your soul feels about the Lord, and you will be lost without Him. You live to breath in the holy presence, and intake His words each and every day.
    Type of Song: Praise

From these ten songs, I hope you see that praise and worship are different. For more practice, come back anytime. I might even update this page from time to time. Practice listening is key to learning about the praise and worship songs. My Brother and Sister getting understanding about what you heard will build your faith.

Most churches today only sing songs of thanksgiving and praise (shown from examples above). God requiring us to worship Him his way – in spirit and in truth – by looking up to the author and finisher of our faith – JESUS CHRIST.

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Until next time, continue to be blessed and Praise the Lord!

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