What is the Difference Between Christian Praise and Worship?

As a Christian Praise and Worship Leader, people often ask me if there is a difference between Praise and Worship. Although I will be the first to admit that there is a fine line sometimes between the two of them, there is a difference between them. I will try and explain the differences here.

Praise is mentioned approximately 190 times in the Bible, depending on which version you are reading and is called a sacrifice in Hebrews 13:15. Here it says that we should offer the sacrifice of praise which is the fruit of our lips. Here is the exact verse from the NIV Bible:  Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15

This Bible verse admonishes us to offer the praise continually and also tells us that it is a sacrifice that is offered up to God. Christian Praise is not something that comes easily for any of us. Louvores de Adoração When we think about our life circumstances, many times we can feel quite negatively about them and even speak negatively about them. The secret to learning to praise God is to take our focus off of our feelings and speech and turn to look at what God has done in our lives. When we change our focus from the negative things in our lives to the positive things that God has done for us we will be better able to offer praise to Him.

There is an old Christian Hymn that says “Count your Blessings, Name them One by One”. It is only as we take our eyes off of our circumstances and our negative view of what is going on in our lives and actually look and see where God is working in our lives that we will find the ability to Praise God. So Praise can be defined as acknowledging God at work in our lives.

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