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Praise and Worship
“Worship God in Spirit and in Truth”
This course "Worshipping God In Spirit
And In Truth" is written with the hope of
helping us to worship God in the way
acceptable to Him.
Jesus says in John 4:24, "God is a spirit
and they that worship Him must worship
Him in spirit and in truth."
• All scripture quotations are from the New King
James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise
• I have bolded certain words and phrases for
emphasis. All scripture quotations are in red.
• This course is divided into fifteen (15) lessons.
• After each lesson you are asked to answer
several interactive multiple choice and true-
false questions concerning what you have just
Lesson #1: The Purpose of Praise and Worship
Lesson #2: Types of Praise
Lesson #3: Types of Worship
Lesson #4: Worshipping God In Spirit
Lesson #5: Worshipping God In Truth
Lesson #6: Acceptable And Unacceptable Worship
Lesson #7: Vain Worship
Lesson #8: We Must Give Our Best To God
Lesson #9: We Must Only Worship God
Lesson #10: Attendance Of Worship
Lesson #11: Our Dress In Worship
Lesson #12: Prayer
Lesson #13: Our Giving
Lesson #14: Preaching In Worship
Lesson #16: Summary
• Praise and Worship should be adaily experienceand lifestyle
• Praise is an appreciation, acknowledgement and expression of the
actions and attributes ofsomeone or something
• Praising is usually based on exhibited attributes
• Praise and worship can be viewed from two perspectives,
• –Natural praise has everything to do with how one feels
• –Spiritual praise is GodFocusedand God centered
•Praise is an act of will in appreciation and gratitude of nature
and the acts of God
•Praise Verses in the Bible
–Psalm 34:1 - Psalm 100:4
–Psalm 9:1-2 - Psalm 47:6-8
–Hebrews 13:15 Psalm 115:18
•Names of God can represent a profession of faith in praise
–Jehova Jireh – The Lord is our provider
–Jehova Nissi – Lord you reign in victory
-–Jehovah Rapha – be healed
•Asaresponse to an act (Crossingof theRed Sea)
• Asaresponse to blessing (Hannah with ason)–
•Asaresponse to promise (Mary’s Promiseto
bear the Messiah) – Luke1
•Always remember Goddeserves the Highest
Praise– Luke 2:14
•Ws of Praise
• Where shouldwe praise?
•In private and in public, for God and Godalone
•Public acknowledgement of God’s hand in our success
•Testimonies are important!
• When shouldwe praise?
•At all times
•Aslong aswe live
• Why shouldwe praise?
•Because we are instructed to doso
•Appreciation, gratitude, humility
•We want to pleasehim
•Praise builds up our faith
•Whom are you going to Praise?
•You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’ (Matt
• What isworship
• Anact of the will in surrender, adoration, acknowledging the
awesomenessof theperson of God
• Worship is born out ofarelationship
• Worship canbe compromised by the stateof your heart
• Worship canexposethe state of yourheart.
• Worship is who weare
• Factsof worship
• Worship is born from your own personal relationship with God
• Worship is not surface it is deep, it is drawn out
• Worship is refreshing and life giving
• Toenter true worship there must be true and full disclosure
• Worship is from the depth of the heart.
• Often asurrender
• What praiseandworshipis not
• All singing
• Isnot alwaysemotional
• Isnot what we do to wile away time before asermon
•How to worship
Worship is not limited to an act, it is a lifestyle – Rom 12:1
Worship involves devotion and commitment to God only thatis why:
– Danielrefused to bow at the Nebuchadnezzar imageat the cost of fiery furnace
– Esther could come before the kinguninvited and said if I perish, I perish
– Why Daniel could still pray toGodashis manner wasand he wascast in the lion’s
– Jobcould saythough Heslayme, yet will I worshipHim
– When he wastold to curse Godand die, his worship wasto strong and it wasnot
based on favorable circumstances
• Mosesrefused to be calledthe sonof Pharaoh’s daughter and suffered affliction
• David under pressure refused to kill Saul;his worship did not permit him to lay his
hands on the Lord’sanointed.
• Stevenwaskilled and he still forgave hisenemies
Apostles were killed and did notdeny the faith
• Worship Godthrough:
• Tithes Offerings Obedience
• Forgiving and showing love
•Results of Worship
•Victory – Psalm 9:1-3, 2 Chronicles 20
•Deliverance – Acts 16:25
•Strength– Nehemiah 8:10
•Obtain/receive – Isaiah 12:3
•Helpsusto hear Godclearer and give direction – Acts 13
•It enhancesthe Spiritual gift of God– 2Kings3:14-16
•It setsan atmosphere where the Lordinhabits and canmove – 2Chronicles 5:20
•It precedesincrease and multiplication – Psalm 67:5-6, Mark 6, Jeremiah 33:10-
•Being filled with theSpirit
•Quick appropriation of Godpromises
The purpose of our worship is to glorify, honor, praise, exalt, and please
God. Our worship must show our adoration and loyalty to God for His
grace in providing us with the way to escape the bondage of sin, so we
can have the salvation He so much wants to give us.
The nature of the worship God demands is the prostration of our souls
before Him in humble and contrite submission. James 4:6, 10 tells
us, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble
yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up". Our worship
to God is a very humble and reverent action.
Jesus says in John 4:23-24, "But the hour is coming, and now is, when
true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the
Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is a spirit and they that
worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." It doesn't say
we can worship God anyway we want, but we "must worship Him in
spirit and in truth". The word "must" makes it absolute. There is no
other way we can worship God and be acceptable to Him. The word
"must", according to Webster, expresses "an obligation, a requirement,
a necessity, a certainty, and something that must be done".
Our very best in worship is due God and is prescribed by Him in the
Bible. The worship God has prescribed is the only way we can be
pleasing to Him in this life and finally attain everlasting life with Him in
eternity. The Christian's worship is of the greatest importance.
Worship is a time when we pay deep, sincere, awesome respect, love,
and fear to the one who created us. Acts 17:24-25 says, "God who
made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and
earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, as though He
needed anything, since He gives life, breath, and all things."
Worship should cause us to reflect on the majesty and graciousness of
God and Christ, contrasted to our own unworthiness. God does not
have to have our worship, but we must worship Him to please Him. Our
singing, praying, studying His word, giving, and communion are
designed by God to bring us closer to Him and to cause us to think
more like He thinks, thus becoming more like Him. James 4:8 tells us
to, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
Our worship not only honors and magnifies God, but it is also for our
own edification and strength. Worship helps us develop a God-like and
Christ-like character. We become like unto those we admire and
worship. When we worship God we tend to value what God values and
gradually take on the characteristics and qualities of God, but never to
His level. As Philippians 2:5 says, "Let this mind be in you which was
also in Christ." How do we take on the mind of Christ? In Romans 12:2
we read, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind." We renew our mind as we study and
meditate on God's word and worship Him.
As we are told in
Colossians 3:2 to, "Set your
mind on things above, and
not on things on the
• Though there are a handful of words that we
cannot translate as well as we would like,
most of the time the word praise refers to
one of SIX Hebrew words or one of THREE
• To fully understand what it means to praise
the Lord, we need to look at each of those
Hebrew and Greek words.
• Halal is the primary Hebrew word for praise.
• Our word "hallelujah" comes from this word.
• It means "to be clear, to shine, to boast, to rave, or to
• Psalms 150:1 - Praise (halal) the Lord! Praise (halal)
God in his sanctuary; Praise (halal) him in his mighty
• This type of praise tends to include speaking some
word that gives glory to God.
• Saying “Amen,” “Hallelujah,” “Praise the
Lord,” or “Glory to God” would be examples of
how this aspect of praise could be used.
• Halal praise is not necessarily loud, nor does it need
to draw attention to itself.
• It tends to be spontaneous and wells up from deep
within us in response to something the Spirit
reveals to us in the moment
• Shabach is a Hebrew word that means, "to shout, to
address in a loud tone, to command, or to triumph."
• Psalms 145:4 - One generation shall praise
(shabach) Your works to another and declareYour
• Isaiah 12:6 - Cry aloud and shout (shabach) for joy,
O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the
Holy One of Israel.
• This aspect of praise is similar to Halal, but it is
never quiet. It is always loud!
• Though some people’s personalities are quiet and
therefore they may not use this aspect of praise
often, for those who tend to have loud
personalities anyway, this helps them channel
their energy toward the Lord instead of worldly
• After all, better to SHOUT for the Lord than to
shout for the world!
3. Yadah and Towdah
• Yadah is a Hebrew word which means, "to extend a
hand, or to throw out the hand."
• Towdah comes from the word Yadah and means
the same thing but is specifically focused on
adoration or worship of God.
• Psalms 63:1 - So I will praise You as long as I live;
I will (yadah) lift up my hands in Your name.
• Barak is a Hebrew word that means "to kneel
down and bless God as an act of adoration.”
• Psalms 95:6 - O come let us worship and
bow down; let us kneel (barak) before the
Lord our maker.
• 1 Chronicles 29:20 - Then David said to all the
assembly, "Now praise (barak) the Lord your God."
And all the assembly praised (barak) the Lord, the
God of their fathers, and bowed low and did
homage to the Lord.
• This can be done privately at home when one kneels
• This can be done publicly at a kneeling bench.
• This can be done spontaneously by kneeling
anywhere at anytime.
• The point of this type of praise is that we humble
ourselves before the King of Kings by kneeling
before Him in acknowledgement that He is greater
than we are and deserves honor.
• Zamar is a Hebrew word that means "to pluck the
strings of an instrument.”
• It was mostly used in connection with playing
musical instruments in joyful expressions of
• Psalms 57:8-9 - Awake my glory; awake harp and
lyre, I will awaken the dawn! I will give thanks to
You, O Lord among the peoples; I will sing praises
to You among the nations.
• This refers to the harp & lyre singing, not voices.
• Tehillah is a Hebrew word that means "to sing,
especially singing hymns of the Spirit.”
• Just as Zamar praise uses instruments to praise,
Tehillah uses voices engaged in song.
• Psalms 22:3 - YetYou are holy, You are enthroned
upon the praises (tehillah) of Israel.
• Psalms 33:1 - Rejoice in the Lord, o you righteous.
• Agalliao is a Greek word that means “to jump for
joy, to leap, or to exult”.
• It is sometimes translated as “rejoice” in English
• Acts 16:34 - And then the jailer brought them into
his house and set food before them, and rejoiced
greatly, having believed in God with his whole
• Proskuneo is a Greek word that means “to
prostate oneself in worship; to reverence.” It is
sometimes translated as “worship.”
• Revelation 5:11-14 - Then I looked, and I heard the
voice of many angels around the throne and the
living creatures and the elders . . . saying with a
loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to
receive power and riches and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing.” . . . And the
elders fell down and worshiped.
• Thriambeuo is a Greek word that means “to
celebrate a victory or to triumph.”
• 2 Corinthians 2:14 - Now praise be unto God, who
always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes
manifest the knowledge of the Savor through us in
every place we go.
• This aspect of praise focuses on acknowledging a
victory or triumph in our lives.
• God made many types of praise so we can all worship in ways
that work for us as individuals.
• Each aspect of praise can help us grow in our relationship with the
Lord so we should not be afraid to experience them, but it is okay
that some work better for us than others.
• No one should look down anyone else for not using any particular
aspect of praise since all the words are used interchangeably in
scripture, demonstrating that they are all equal before God.
• However we praise Him, we must keep our hearts focused on
God, not on ourselves, so that we do not make it a “look at me”
• Most of these aspects of praise can be done by anyone, though a
few may be limited by skill or personality type.
• All of them can be done privately or in a group, though one
type of praise (thriambeuo) is more effective in a group than in
• The key to all of these various aspects of praise is to keep the focus
on the Lord, not on ourselves
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