Again today I would like to speak with you about the difference between Christian Louvores and Christian Worship Music/Songs . As a Christian Praise and Worship Leader I see people getting this mixed up all of the time. I must agree that there is a fine line between Praise and Worship, but I believe that by identifying the different aspects of each we will be better equipped to know when to use Praise rather than Worship and vice versa.
I realize that many churches today consider the whole church service as Christian Worship, but I am trying to make a distinction particularly when it comes to Christian Praise and Worship Music. I do realize that a liturgy can be considered worship, but that is not what I am trying to define here in this particular article.
In Psalm 100:4 it says – Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (NIV)
This is talking about entering the gates of the church or in those days what they called the temple. It says when we enter we should be praising and giving thanks.
Giving thanks and praising God are extremely similar and so I don’t want to discuss these as I want to concentrate on the distinction between Christian Praise and Christian Worship.
Christian Praise is when we praise God for What He Has Done or is Doing in our Lives.
Christian Worship is when we stand in Awe of God for Who He Is.
I think that one of the easiest ways for me to do this is to quote the lyrics of the popular Christian Contemporary Song: I Worship You Almighty God
The words are:
I Worship You Almighty God There is None Like You (Here we are standing in awe of who God is, there is none like our God)
I Worship You O Prince of Peace That is what I long to do (Again, worship for Who He is and a longing, desire to be with him)
I Give you Praise, Lord you are my Righteousness (Here we have Praise, we praise Him because He did something for us. He became our Righteousness by his atonement on the Cross. I Give you Praise, this is something I do because of What He has done)