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Prophetic Worship 1

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Kevin Prosch

Making His Praise Glorious

Brian & Jenn Johnson

 

Praise & Worship

Praise and worship is probably the most important aspect of the Christian walk. It is through praise and worship that we as Christians draw near to God. Psalm 100:4 says that we enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Psalms 22 says he that He inhabits the praises of His people. In the old testament people worshipped at Jerusalem in the temple. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well He told her that the hour had come when all worshippers must worship the Father in spirit and in truth and that the Father even sought such worshippers (John 21-24).

Praise and worship is not just a song service where we sing songs. It is not an outward performance. It has to come from the heart. It is always better to sing songs to God rather than about Him. There are lots of songs that sing about God. And I believe there is a time where we need to declare God and make his praises known, but I believe it is more important to sing songs that minister to the Lord. We can make song personal simply by changing some of the words around and saying YOU instead of Him.

There are so many aspects of praise and worship. The most important one though, in my opinion, is to make sure you have your own praise and worship time with God. There is no need for musical instruments, although, that would be nice. Matthew 6:33 says to seek His kingdom first and His righteousness and if you do that, all other things will be added unto you. When people think of their own devotional time they usually think of prayer and the word. That is important, but to get into His presence in the first place, we need to do it God's way, which is to enter into His presence with thanksgiving and praise according to Psalm 100:4. It's in His presence where we will find fullness of joy. It is in His presence where we will be changed. It is in His presence where our understanding will be opened.

If you have never done this on your own before, it might be awkward to sing to the Lord just by yourself. First of all, be fully persuaded that it is God's will for you to worship Him and to make this of utmost importance and part of your daily routine. Here are some guidelines to follow.

Shut yourself in a room if you feel awkward. You will need to be free to worship Him. Just start telling Him how much you love Him. Put those words to music, in other words, sing it. If you know how to play an instrument (piano, guitar), you can get by with just a few simple chords, like C and G or D and A. You really only need two chords! If you can't think of words to say, look for some words from the Psalms. The Psalms are filled with praises. Start singing the words that speak of the glory of God in your Bible. Start off with about 10 to 15 minutes. Soon you will look forward to your time in praise and worship with the Lord, and before you know it, it's not a duty, it's an awesome privilege to come before His presence with singing!

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5)

 

Here are some excellent praise and worship links

Highly recommended

Open Door to Prophetic Psalming Scott Monroe Ministries on the Web
Phill Driscoll Home Page Tom Lascoe's Praise & Worship Center
Kent Henry Home Page The City Church, Bellevue, Washington
Music of the Vineyard The Power of Praise and Worship
Fresh Song  
   

If you can get a hold of the Prophetic Worship Teaching tapes by Kevin Prosch, that would be good. They are available from Vineyard Ministries International, P.O. Box 68025, Anaheim, CA 92817-0825.

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