But I, by your great love,
can come into your house;
in reverence [worship] I bow down
toward your holy temple.
Psalm 5:7 (Read the whole chapter here)
Worship is defined as "reverent honor and homage paid to [G]od, and adoring reverence or regard" (Dictionary.com). We were created to worship as we read all through the Bible, but particularly in the Psalms. " Praise and worship go hand in hand as give "reverent honor" to God.
Praise is the Hebrew word “halal,” which means to be clear in sound, to shine, make a show, to boast, to be clamorously foolish, to rave, to celebrate. "Praise is an expression of the soul. It directly involves our mind, our will and our emotions. The Psalmist David repeatedly stated that our soul is to bless the Lord (Psalm 103:1), boast in the Lord (Psalm 34:2) and praise the Lord (Psalm146:1). This expression of the soul is to manifest itself in many ways, as is seen in the Word of God." (Victory Worship Center, Tucson)
A friend wrote about worship, specifically worship music, on her blog this week. Read the excerpt below from Grace. Then leave a comment about your favorite worship song. We will randomly select a winner to receive a song download!
You know those days that are just "off"? Nothing is wrong. It's just me. And I can't seem to break free of it. I feel myself searching for the perfect thing to make it all better. Usually I settle for a cup of Earl Grey tea, a lavender and chamomile bath or maybe a bit of chocolate. Most the time it doesn't really work though.
A couple of years ago I discovered something that really does work for me. It's simple. It's easy. And it does much more for me than pampering myself ever could. It's worship.
I know that there is something incredibly beneficial in soaking in truths about the Lord and dwelling on them. I'm talking about worship music. Now when I'm feeling "out of it" I know what I need. My playlist is ready and waiting and it takes only a few moments for my mind to turn to what is true and noble and right and pure and lovely and admirable and excellent and praiseworthy [Phil. 5:8].
I challenge you to ready your own playlist. Take advantage of itunes, pandora or whatever else you listen to your music on. Spend some time listening to something that will turn your heart to the truth. It does wonders for me!
I know that there are many different opinions, convictions and criteria for what you choose to listen to. When it comes to worship music for me, I like a wide variety of styles. My main criteria is, is it singing about my God (truths, not just feelings) or is it only focusing on me and how He makes me feel? There is something irresistible about God's truths.
This is just a sampling of my playlist. My feelings won't be hurt if you don't like my music! (Oh, and just for the record, I'm really not a huge fan of watching people worship on a video. I'm just posting these so you can listen to some words!)
King of All Glory~ New Life Worship
No Other Savior~ Starfield
Great Are You Lord~ Phillips, Craig and Dean
Beauty of the Lord~ Desperation Band
Beautiful~ Kari Jobe
Center~ Charlie Hall
Savior~ New Life Worship
You are Good~ Gateway Worship
Now it's time for the giveaway of a free download from either iTunes or Amazon! Leave a comment including your favorite worship song. A random winner will be selected from the comment list (one comment each please) on Monday, February 21st.