Worship ushers in the presence of God – wither it is spoken or sung. Worship songs can help welcome the Holy Spirit into your presence. The Holy Spirit can use songs as one means of preparing our hearts to hear from God.
God is enthroned in our praises. Praise leads to worship and worship leads to the manifest presence of God. Wherever and whenever God’s people come together to worship Him in spirit and truth, they become a habitation for His manifest presence.
John 4:23-24 NKJV
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Everyone and anyone can praise God however, not everyone can truly worship God. Worship is ascribing value to something or someone. You cannot worship what you don’t honestly value or see as precious.
Praise to God and worship unto Him are both important.
But there is a difference between praise and worship.
Praise centers around acts (things done or given you) and worship centers around the person (their character, who they are, your love and reverence for them…)
In a relationship with a woman and her husband, during times of intimacy (as they are entwined in each other‘s arms), which do you think the husband would rather hear from his wife: In a regular voice, “Thank-you for being a good provider to me.” or in a sweet whisper, “I love you so much.” ?
Which do you think a wife would rather hear from her husband: in a regular voice, “Thank-you for keeping the house clean.” or in a hushed whisper, “You mean everything to me.”?
In a parent child relationship (when they were small), which do you think the parent would rather hear from them, “Thanks for the new ball,” as they ran out the door, or “I love you,” as they curl up in their lap?
You are great and mighty. Your presence is precious to me – words can never describe the love that I have for You. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may I worship You in spirit and in truth. Let nothing interfere in my worship and my reverence to You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen