Praise and Worship is not music. The words, praise and worship, has been taken over by contemporary Christian music genre, which expresses too many praise songs that suppose to reflect Christianity worship towards God. Just because the music is slow doesn’t mean that it is a worship song. There are differences between the two words, praise and worship (see lesson 13). It’s definitely not a style of music. Praise and worship is something that all Believers in Christ Jesus must do each day. Nowadays, this is not true for the most part, due to the old stimuli of contemporary Christian music with the sub-category of praise and worship to do what is required for you and me to do for ourselves. However, there are those who do acceptable worship as God commands in His word founded in Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” I’m not here to debate with anyone on this topic, but would express how these two words praise and worship has been turned over to the music industry. I have found out recently that the one of the well known Christian Praise and Worship Music Company purchases a secular music title company called “Motown.” So you know this is very sad! There are no differences in the music industry anymore.
Where did Christian Music Industry go wrong? It seems to be the love of money versus the love of the Heavenly Father. Did they forget their first love, Almighty God? The answer is yes and yes! Music is found in every society, whether good or bad. It expresses the need and desires of the people creating or listening to it. So, music is here to stay, because it fills the heart of people. Biblical History expresses to us that there is an occasion in Daniel 6 and 1 Samuel 16 where the king can’t sleep, and it says that he has a hard time sleeping because he needed peace and comfort. As we know secular music always reflects the minds and culture, but what happen to Christian uplifting music of the only true God? We are not supposed to follow secular music in our churches of today! Praise and Worship is not the priority of the church – having concerts, festivals, and tours. God is the first priority. Not people. Not Music. Not ministry. God and Jesus are the one and only priority in any true worshippers “in spirit and in truth.” Praise and Worship are action we take towards what would please God the most? How according to John 4:24, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth?” It is hard to keep with this command, if you are not following and seeking Him with all of your heart, mind, and soul (Matthew 22:37). Music feels good to the soul, but never touches the heart to worship.
Music is not worship. They’re not synonymous. Music is music, and worship is worship. But, typically, you hear people today say, “We’re going to worship,” and then immediately that is basically defined by music. Music is a means to express worship, but it is not worship. Praise and Worship is not a mood experience, and if it is, I can guarantee unacceptable worship being taken place. If you go to church for mood worship, you have missed the point. True worshippers do not put their confident in the flesh, according to Philippians 3:3b, “…rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” Worship is the heart going up toward God in gratitude and thanksgiving for all that God has done: that’s worship. Music is a means by which a worshiping person expresses his thanks, but it’s never the motive. The love and adoration of sound brings true faith, according to Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Singing to yourself according to scriptures, hymns and melody created from scriptures to uplift and encourage oneself in the Lord. Only the songs that the Redeem, those who have been translated from the kingdom of dark unto the marvelous light (Colossians 1:13), can sing! Let’s read Psalm 40:1-3, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”
Always remember, God is looking for His true acceptable worshippers that seek his face through a daily sacrifice of praise that leads to adoration of worship. That is praise and worship, and music has nothing to do with it, as you and I have everything needed to express our love for God through our obedience in the call to praise and worship towards Him “in spirit and in truth.”
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- Lesson 15: Singing In Worship
- Lesson 16: Our Prayers Are Worship
- Lesson 1: Unacceptable Worship
- Lesson 2: The Purpose of Our Worship
- Lesson 3: Acceptable Worship
- Lesson 4: Why God Seeks His Worshippers?
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