Unless you are a pentacostal or evangelical Christian, the words praise and worship seem to have become dirty words in our Western society. It is really too bad that for many, out of the fear of appearing “fanatical” , this may be the case.
Praise and worship, contrary to the secular perception, are not activities reserved for fanatics. In fact, I sometimes think we “protest too much.” Praise, in its simplest form is the way in which we give thanks for all that we have received in our lives. When we acknowledge the fruitfulness of our lives and the abundant blessings that have come our way and embrace gratitude around this acknowledgement, we are giving praise. When we direct this gratitude toward the Source of our blessings (God), praise becomes worship. Worship is the way in which we express wonder and awe in the Divine that is the Source of all that is, all that has been and all that shall be.
Traditionally, praise and worship have been exercised through our religious services, celebrations and rituals. Fortunately, praise and worship are not limited to gatherings such as these. Praise and worship can in fact be a part of every moment of every day and can be incorporated into our everyday lives. We have an opportunity to exercise praise every time we stop to give thanks. Worship is the simple act of wonder over the miracles of our human experience and holding that wonder in our hearts and directing that wonder toward God. When we allow ourselves to engage in the practices of praise and worship, we find our eyes more open to the blessings in our lives and our hearts more open to wonder. The additional benefit to exercising praise and worship is that it just feels good!
The invitation today is to take a moment to explore where you may be invited to incorporate moments of praise and worship into your everyday life.
Authentic Freedom Ministries