Category: Praise and Worship

The How’s and Why’s of Praise and Worship

The How’s and Why’s of Praise and Worship

In my previous article “The Biblical Roots of Christian Praise and Worship,” I dealt with the Tabernacle of Moses from which praise and worship in churches today had its origin. In this article, we will look at the how’s and why’s of praise and worship. Why and how should the people of God praise and worship the Lord?

As a redeemed Christian, I am pretty sure you are familiar with the “praise and worship” part of the church service. Some even say it is their favorite part, aside from the sermon or message, of course. But how much do we really know about praise and worship?

The book of Psalms is a good place to start, for it is all about praising and worshiping God. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to tackle all chapters that deal with this topic and compress them all into just one article.

However, I am convinced that Psalm 95 gives us a basic understanding of praise and worship:

Psalm 95:1-7 (NLT)

1 Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come to Him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to Him. 3 For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. 4 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. 5 The sea belongs to Him, for He made it. His hands formed the dry land, too.

6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, 7 for He is our God. We are the people He watches over, the flock under His care.

Understanding Praise and Worship

The Hebrew word “Yadah” translated “praise” means “to stretch out the hand.” That is, to hold out the hands in reverence, to open the hands and let go of everything.

Alban Douglas made a very good point when he said (in his book 100 Bible Lessons) that if we hold the Lord in the highest state, respect or adoration, it would be easy for us to praise Him. That is because we only praise something or someone that we honor and regard so highly.

Why we praise the Lord

Worship, on the other hand, has several meanings in the Bible. Worship in Hebrew is “Shachah” meaning, “to prostrate, to bow down, to fall down or to stoop.” In the Greek New Testament, there are 3 words translated as worship:

a) Pruskuneo – meaning “to kiss (like a dog licking his master’s hand), to fawn or crouch to, to adore.” It occurs 59 times in the New Testament, carrying with it the idea of falling down to kiss the ground before a king or kiss their feet.

b) Latreuo – used 21 times in the New Testament, which means “to render religious service of homage.”

c) Sebomai – used 10 times in the New Testament, and it means “to reverence or hold in awe.”

Difference Between Praise and Worship

Basically, praise means looking up, while worship means bowing down. Do you know that some people who enjoy lifting their hands and shouting do not enjoy bowing their knees and submitting?

True worship is much deeper than communal praise; for worship involves realizing the awesomeness of God and experiencing the fear of the Lord and a deeper love for Him

How to Praise and Worship the Lord

The psalmist tells us that our praise should be joyful and enthusiastic – he even commands us to sing and shout, and wholly focused on the Lord (Psalm 95:1). How do we worship the Lord? By bowing down and kneeling before Him (Psalm 95:6).

Too often Christian praise is nothing but religious entertainment; it never moves into spiritual enrichment in the presence of the Lord. It is important to understand that praise and worship is not a show whose goal is to appeal to the flesh or natural part of man.

The verb “come” (Psalm 95:2) means “to go to meet God face-to-face, and be in His presence.” Do we have a personal encounter with God during praise and worship? Or do we treat this part of church service only as a form of entertainment?

Why We Praise and Worship the Lord

A. We praise the Lord because He is great and above the false gods of this world (Psalm 95:3).

The Scriptures are very clear God; we are to worship the Lord our God only (Luke 4:8; Psalm 45:11) and we are not to worship idols. God is a jealous God and does not want to share His glory with anyone (Exodus 20:5). No wonder that when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, the command to not have any other god besides Him is first on the list (Exodus 20:2-3).

Unfortunately, many people in the world worship idols of wood and stone, either out of ignorance or because they do not believe in the one true God – the God of the Bible. Many worship idols of self, money, business, possession, power, pleasure and family.

True worship

Let us not forget how God punished the nations for ascribing worship and adoration to false gods. He even punished His chosen people, Israel, for repeatedly falling into the sin of idolatry as a result of living alongside these nations and intermarrying with them.

We should delight in praising God because He is not only the Creator of the universe but He also controls all things. The depths of the sea and the earth, and the heights of the mountains all belong to Him. The Lord knows what is going on in the waters as well as on the earth (Psalm 95:4-5).

*Note: Christians should not praise the Lord only in health and prosperity, but also in sickness and in adversity. We should praise the Lord in anything and everything (Philippians 4:6). Because the true Christian is one who can trust and praise the Lord even through blinding tears.

B) We worship the Lord because He is our God; we are His people and He watches over us and cares for us (Psalm 95:7).

The object of worship is God. He alone is Yahweh the Lord, the covenant-making and covenant-keeping God. He is our Maker and our Shepherd (Psalm 23). Jubilation has its place only if it becomes adoration and we fall prostrate before Him in total submission, “lost in wonder, love, and praise.”

*Are you a worship leader or an aspiring worship leader? Here’s a short video on how to make a line up for praise and worship:

Conclusion

In closing, let me just say that there are a lot more reasons why Christians should praise and worship the Lord. But in this age, when inventing clever new worship forms is a common practice and novelty is slowly replacing theology, the Word of God is a vital part of Christian worship. Hearing and heeding God’s word must be central if our worship, private or corporate, is to be truly Christian.

Praise and Worship

And whether we worship at home or in the church is immaterial. What matters to God is our spiritual condition. Our goal in praise and worship is not only to sing songs of praise and adoration for God; we must come into His presence in total surrender so we can hear His voice and be able to tap into His power and anointing.

What motivates you to praise and worship the Lord? How do you do it? Please let us know in the comments below.


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Why We Should Trust the Lord

Why We Should Trust the Lord

They say that you can never trust someone unless you know them. After all, why should we trust someone we do not know? It’s the same thing with God; we cannot trust Him unless we know Him. But other than that, why should we trust the Lord?

Reasons for us to trust the Lord

A. We can trust the Lord because He is trustworthy.

The Bible tells us that “God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind…” (Numbers 23:19). Whatever the Lord plans and purposes to do, He can bring it to pass because He is powerful.

Getting to know God by reading His Word and spending time talking to Him will make us trust Him more and more each day. We will continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord as we read, study and meditate on His Word. The more we know about God, the more we will trust Him.

*Related Article: How to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord 

B. We can trust the Lord because He is faithful.

Faithfulness is one of God’s attributes. Even at times when we are unfaithful, God remains faithful and He will never change (Deuteronomy 7:9; 2 Timothy 2:13). We read the story of the nation of Israel on how they repeatedly rebelled and turned away from God. And yet, every time they called on Him to deliver them from the hands of their enemies, God was always there for them.

Why? Because He made a covenant with Abraham that He will make his descendant as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sands on the seashore; God promised to make them a great nation and a blessing (Genesis 12:2-3; Genesis 17:4-7; Genesis 22:17).

God also has a covenant with those who trust in Him. God promises many blessings to us and we can be sure that God will fulfill them because He is faithful. He is faithful to the nation of Israel and He is faithful to His bride, the Church.

Here’s a beautiful song by the Free Believers in Christ Fellowship International (FBCFI) Concert Team entitled “Trust in Me.”  

Trust in Me Lyrics & Chords

Can we trust God in times of trials?

Absolutely! We can and should trust God even when things in our lives and around us do not seem to be going the way we want them to be. God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent; there is nothing that is hidden from His sight, nothing that He can’t do.

We all go through some rough times but we find comfort in knowing that God loves us, He cares about us and always has good intentions for us. Let us then “trust the Lord with all our heart, not leaning on our own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). God wants us to always trust Him in all circumstances.

*Read the story of Joseph: Is God in complete control of everything?

Are you having a hard time trusting the Lord? Please do share your life-changing testimony on how the Lord has worked in your life the moment you made the decision to trust Him completely.


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NO BETTER PLACE (Words & Music by Ptr. Ruel Buyacao)

NO BETTER PLACE (Words & Music by Ptr. Ruel Buyacao)

Someone once said that if you want to know what heaven is like, think of the most beautiful and most peaceful place on earth, multiply that a thousand or hundred thousand times and you get a glimpse of heaven. Well. no matter how beautiful that place is, it surely cannot compare to what heaven has to offer.

Here’s a song that expresses how much one longs to be in the presence of the Lord. You may want to sing it to the Lord, and sing it from your heart.

No Better Place Lyrics and Chords

Always Be A Child (Lyrics and Chords)

Always Be A Child (Lyrics and Chords)

VERSE 1:

C                                            F                                        C

I WAS THERE WHEN YOU DREW THE BREATH OF LIFE

                        Em

AND I COULD HEAR YOUR VOICE

          F                                     G

THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU CRIED

          C                                                          Em              F

AND THOUGH YOU COULDN’T SEE ME, I WAS VERY NEAR

                             C                           G                            C – G

AND THERE’S SOMETHING NOW THAT I WANT YOU TO HEAR

 

            CHORUS:

                                  C                  F                       C

YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A CHILD IN MY EYES

                                          Em

AND WHEN YOU NEED SOME LOVE

                    F                            G

MY ARMS ARE OPEN WIDE

                      C

AND EVEN WHEN YOU’RE GROWING OLD

                Em                   F

I HOPE YOU REALIZE

                                  C                 G                      C

YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A CHILD IN MY EYES

 

VERSE 2:

             C                    F                                  C

I WAS THERE THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU PRAYED

           Em                         F                          G

AND I HEARD ALL THE PROMISES YOU MADE

           C

AND WHEN YOU FELL BEFOR ME

                 Em                       F

CRYING, “FATHER I HAVE SINNED”

   C                                 G                                 C – G

I PICKED YOU UP AND HELD YOU CLOSE AGAIN

                    (REPEAT CHORUS)

 

 

 

Hope for the Hopeless (Lyrics and chords)

Hope for the Hopeless (Lyrics and chords)

INTRO:

Dm – C – Bb – F – Dm – C – Bb – Dm

 

I

Dm                      C                              Bb                                     F         

I’VE SEEN SO MANY PEOPLE PASS BEFORE MY EYES

Dm                       C                                                 Bb        

LIKE WEARY FIGURES IN A FASHION PLAY

Dm                                         C                                         Bb                                        F            

I’VE WATCHED THEM TRY TO REACH AND TOUCH THE STARS ABOVE

Dm                        C                                                   Bb                 Dm

BUT OH THE STARS ARE BURNING FAR AWAY

 

II

                              C                                    Bb                                                   F          

I’VE SEEN SO MANY STUMBLE WHEN THE LIGHT GROWS DIM

Dm                                             C                                   Bb           

CRUSHED BEFORE THE MANTLE OF THE NIGHT

Dm                            C                                       Bb                                          F                  

AND DO WE HEAR THEIR CRY ABOVE OUR POUNDING HEARTS

Dm                                  C                                 Bb

OR LET THEM DISAPPEAR FROM SIGHT

 

            CHORUS:

            Dm                             Bb                   F                                  C

            HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS, HOPE FOR THEM ALL

            Dm                             Bb               F                                    C

            HOPE FOR THE LONELY, STRANGERS WHO CALL

            Dm                            Bb                   F                                 C

            REST FOR THE RESTLESS, REST FOR THEIR LIVES

            Bb                      C                             Dm

            JESUS, THE HOPE FOR US ALL

 

III

Dm                                C                                        Bb                                          F

AND WHERE ARE WE WHEN ALL THE PRISONERS ACHE TO FIND

Dm                                              C                                    Bb              

FREEDOM FROM THEIR LONG DEFEATED SOUL

Dm                                            C               Bb                                           F            

AND WILL WE BUILD A FIRE OF HOPE DEEP IN THEIR EYES

Dm                                   C                                       Bb

BEYOND THEIR LONG FORGOTTEN GOAL

                        {REPEAT CHORUS}

 

BRIDGE:

G                                                                                    Bb

WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE

                                                                                         F

WHAT WOULD WE SING WITHOUT YOUR SONG

                                                                                        C

WHERE WOULD WE GO WITHOUT YOUR LIGHT TO LIGHT OUR WAYS

G                                                                                      Bb

WHAT WOULD WE FEEL WITHOUT YOUR HEART

                                                                                       F

WHAT WOULD WE SEE WITHOUT YOUR EYES

                                       C

OH JESUS, WE DEPEND ON YOU

{REPEAT CHORUS >>> END}

 

“Hope for the hopeless” by Ptra. Rachel Chungalao & the FBCFI Concert Team

(Bonus song: “Awiting makalangit”)

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Tumawag Kay Hesus (Lyrics and Chords)

Tumawag Kay Hesus (Lyrics and Chords)

INTRO:

G – Em – Bm – C – G – Am – D – D7

 

TALATA 1:

                       G                                                       Em                              Bm

IKAW BA AY NABABAGOT SA BUHAY MO NA KAY LUNGKOT

                       C                      G                               Am                         D

MARAMI KANG KATANUNGAN DI MALAMAN ANG SAGOT

                        G                                                              Em                                  Bm

IKAW BA AY NALULUMBAY ANG BUHAY MO’Y WALANG SAYSAY

              C                                          G                           Am                           D

SA BIGAT NG IYONG PROBLEMA TILA WALA NANG PAG-ASA

 

KORO 1:

                        G                    D                         Em                           Bm                

LUMAPIT KA KAY HESUS SIYA SA IYO’Y NAGHIHINTAY

                  C                          G                                     Am              D

ANG BIGATIN MO SA BUHAY SA KANYA MO AY IBIGAY

                        G                   D                                Em             Bm

MANALIG KA SA KANYA ANG BUHAY MO AY IALAY

           C                              G                             Am      D             G

AT IYONG MARARANASAN TUNAY NA KAPAYAPAAN

 

TALATA 2:

                       G                                                Em                            Bm

ANG PAG-IBIG NI HESUS SA ATIN AY SADYANG LUBOS

                        C                     G                                     Am                  D

KAHIT TAYO’Y MAKASALANAN BUHAY NIYA’Y INILAAN

                      G                                                            Em                                    Bm

AT SINO MANG MANANAWAGAN SA BANAL NIYANG PANGALAN

                C                                     G                            Am                                D                  

MAKAKAMIT ANG KALIGTASAN BUHAY NA WALANG HANGGAN

 

KORO 2:

                           G                      D                  Em                            Bm

TUMAWAG KA KAY HESUS AT MANALIG NANG LUBOS

          C                                   G                    Am                             D

AT IYONG MAKAKAMTAN KAPAYAPAAN NA INAASAM

                          G                   D                                   Em                        Bm

SIYA ANG IYONG KAILANGAN ISANG TAPAT NA KAIBIGAN

                 C                    G                                          Am            D                   G

DI KA NIYA PABABAYAAN PAG-IBIG NIYA’Y WALANG HANGGAN

 

{INSTRUMENTAL >>> ULITIN ANG KORO 1 AT KORO 2}

 

PAGTATAPOS:

                      C                    G                                     Am               D                     G    –    Em   

… DI KA NIYA PABABAYAAN PAG-IBIG NIYA’Y WALANG HANGGAN

           C                             G                            Am        D              G

AT IYONG MARARANASAN TUNAY NA KAPAYAPAAN

 

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The Biblical Roots of Christian Praise and Worship

The Biblical Roots of Christian Praise and Worship

Do you know how praise and worship in Christian churches started? Why do we sing an opening or welcome song and then proceed to sing up-tempo songs before finally transitioning into high intimacy worship songs? Is there some kind of pattern that we’re supposed to strictly follow? Or can we modify it to suit our liking and styles?

To best understand the biblical roots of Christian praise and worship, it is necessary to look at the history of Jewish worship, for it was this past manner of worship that the worship of the early church was patterned from.

After the nation of Israel left Egypt under the leadership of Moses, God gave them the law and commanded the construction of a tabernacle where He would meet with them and His people would offer their burnt offerings and sacrifices. The Bible tells us that Moses had a glimpse of what is in heaven and made a complete replica of it (Exodus 25:8-9). In other words, the Israelites built on earth what was built in heaven.

The Tabernacle of Moses

The Biblical Roots of Christian Praise and WorshipThe Tabernacle of Moses is the key to understanding Christian praise and worship today. But what is the tabernacle? The word tabernacle is a translation of the Hebrew mishkan, which means “tent,” “place of dwelling” or “sanctuary.” It was a portable tent and a sacred place where God chose to meet with His people, the Israelites, during the forty years that they wandered in the wilderness.

Specific instructions about the manner of worship and sacrifice such as what was to be sacrificed and the reason for the offerings were provided for the Israelites in Exodus and Leviticus and the tribe of Levi was set aside to minister as priests.

*The Tabernacle of Moses maybe equated today to a place of worship or church building where the believers of Yeshua come together to worship and offer their sacrifices to God. While the Israelites brought animals without blemish to offer to God, we the believers in Jesus bring our sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, the fruit of our lips.

*The Tabernacle may also be the room or place in the privacy of our own homes where we meet and commune with God, read and meditate on His words and offer songs of praise and adoration to Him. The Bible says that God’s tabernacle or dwelling place is His people (Ezekiel 37:27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Revelation 21:3).

Parts of the Tabernacle

The Tabernacle of Moses had three distinct sections: the outer court, the inner court or holy place and the most holy place also called the holy of holies. So let us take a look at them to see what each one corresponds to in terms of how praise and worship is done in Christian churches today.

A. The Outer Court

At the outer court are the gate, the brazen altar, and the bronze laver.

1) The Gate or Entrance

The Biblical Roots of Christian Praise and WorshipThe tabernacle had only one gate or one entrance. A person could not simply come from any direction into the tabernacle as he pleased – he had to enter through the one gate which was always located to the east. Why? This was to inform the Israelites that there was no other way they could come to God except in the way He prescribed.

*Jesus Christ is the representation of the one gate as the only way though which one could worship God and fellowship with Him. God is using the Tabernacle of Moses to tell us today that we too, must come to God only through the way He has provided for us – Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the way by which we can come to the Father (John 14:6) and He is the gate through which we are saved (John 10:9).

*Note: This is the part of praise and worship where we sing entrance or gate songs to enter into His courts.

2) The Brazen Altar or Altar of Sacrifice

The Biblical Roots of Christian Praise and Worship
Photo Credits: Upon This Rock Ministry

The brazen altar serves as a reminder of man’s sinfulness and his need for a blood sacrifice in order to fellowship with a holy God.

*Jesus Christ became the ultimate sacrifice through His death so there’s no need for the believers today to offer animals (Mark 14:24; John 1:29; Hebrews 10:11-12, 18). Instead, praise songs are presented as offerings before the Lord; we bring to the Lord sacrifices of praise which goes up to His throne as a sweet aroma.

*As we continue to sing praises to the Lord our God, His presence starts to come down, dwell and manifest in the midst of His people. The Bible tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people, He is enthroned in our praises (Psalm 22:3).

*The altar which was raised on a mound of earth that is higher than its surrounding furniture is a projection of Christ, our sacrifice, lifted up on the cross, His altar, which stood on mount Golgotha (John 8:28; John 12:32).

3) The Bronze Laver

The Biblical Roots of Christian Praise and Worship
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The bronze laver was a circular bowl filled with water which was made from the mirrors of the women who served atthe entrance to the Tent of Meeting. This is a reminder that the people need cleansing before approaching God, so the priests wash their hands and feet before ministering to the Lord.

While it is at the brazen altar where priests atoned for their sins through a sacrifice, they cleansed themselves at the laver so they would be pure and not die before a holy God.

*The application for Christians today is that we are forgiven through the work of Christ on the cross, but we are washed through His Word. We must allow ourselves to be washed daily in the Word of God and be cleansed so that we can serve and minister before Him (Ephesians 5:25-27; Hebrews 10:22).

*The Tabernacle of Moses is a pattern for the praise and worship of the believers in Yeshua (Jesus) today. We enter His gates and come into His “courts” with praise (Psalm 100), singing up-tempo songs, clapping, dancing, rejoicing, giving wave offerings and shouting for joy. In this way, we are offering ourselves as “living sacrifices on the altar of God” (Romans 12:1). We are also being “washed by the water of the Word” as we sing these songs based on the Scriptures represented by the laver.

B. The Inner Court or Holy Place

After the priests have washed their hands and feet at the laver, they can now enter the holy place, the first room in the tent of the tabernacle. In the holy place were three pieces of furniture: the menorah, the table of show bread, and the golden altar of incense.

1) The Menorah also called the Golden Lampstand or Candlestick

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The menorah which is the only source of light in the holy place had a central branch from which three branches extend from each side to form a total of seven branches. Without the menorah to provide light in the holy place, the priests would be moping around in the dark.

*Jesus today is our Light (John 1:9; John 8:12; John 12:46). The main branch in the lamp stand represents Jesus Christ and we the believers are represented by the six branches that extend from the main branch. The branches serve as a picture of Jesus’ description of our relationship with Him. He is the vine, we are the branches and without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5).

*And since we are now living as children of light (Ephesians 5:8), drawing our source from Jesus the true light, we are commanded to “let our light shine before men so that they may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

*Jesus is our Light who will lead us into the presence of God during praise and worship. While the priests prepare themselves to enter into the presence of God to offer on behalf of the nation of Israel, we the believers continue to sing songs of praise and adoration to the Lord as we gradually enter into the dwelling place of God where we can finally behold His glory and majesty.

2) The Table of Show bread also called Bread of Presence

The Biblical Roots of Christian Praise and WorshipThe table of show bread has 12 loaves of bread representing the 12 tribes of Israel; it is a picture of God’s willingness to communion and fellowship with man.

The Bible says, “Jesus is the bread of life” (John 6:35, 49-50). Jesus’ coming down to earth from heaven to give eternal life to those who would partake in it was a demonstration of God’s desire to fellowship with man.

*Today, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper as one of the only two ordinances for the church, to remember the suffering and death of Jesus Christ for the redemption of mankind and to declare that He is coming again.

3) The Golden Altar of Incense

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The golden altar of incense should not be confused with the brazen altar. The golden altar of incense was located in front of the curtain that separated the holy place from the holy of holies.

The priests are commanded to burn incense on the golden altar every morning and evening, the same time that the daily burnt offerings were made and the incense is to be left burning continually throughout the day and night as a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

*The golden altar is a representation of Jesus Christ, our intercessor before God the Father, while the incense was a symbol of the prayers of intercession of the people going up to God as a sweet fragrance. Since we have been forgiven of our sins through the blood of Christ, we can now come boldly to Him in prayer in Jesus’ name (John 14:13-14).

*As we enter the Holy Place from the outer court, a transition takes place. The music slows down and we feed further upon the word of God, the Bread of Life Himself. Our minds are illuminated by the fire of the Holy Spirit, represented by the lampstand. We place “fresh incense” on the altar as we “sing in spirit” with “tongues of angels.” The fragrance of pure worship “permeates the veil” and pleases God.

C. The Holy of Holies or the Most Holy Place 

The holy of holies is where the Ark of the Covenant is, covered by a lid called the “mercy seat.” It is where the glory of God is – His very presence.

The holy of holies was the most sacred room which no ordinary man could enter. It was God’s special dwelling place in the midst of His people. Between the holy place and the holy of holies was a veil or thick curtain to separate them.

The veil was essentially there to shield a holy God from sinful man. It was a picture of the barrier between man and God, showing that the holiness of God could not be trifled with. The veil was placed there to make sure that no man could irreverently enter into God’s awesome presence.

The very presence of God remained shielded from man behind the veil throughout the history of Israel. But when Jesus died, it was torn in half from top to bottom exposing the Holy of Holies (Matthew 27:50-51). No matter how shocking this was to the priests ministering in the temple that day, it was indeed good news to us as believers.

The torn veil illustrated Jesus’ body that was broken for us, opening the way for us to come to God. We can now boldly enter into God’s presence, “the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf “ (Hebrews 6:19-20).

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*As we enter into the holy of holies during worship, we are consumed by a cloud of glory, fall down before the Throne of the Almighty, and worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) as a royal priesthood, purchased by the blood of Jesus. It is at this point during praise and worship that each worshiper can now express his adoration to God, to enjoy and experience God’s awesome presence, comfort and loving embrace.

*It is the goal of every worshiper to come into the very presence of God. On our way to the most holy place, no one can do it for us. We need to press through all the distractions to get to the place where we are face to face with God. We need to keep pressing in and pressing in.

*I personally believe that anyone who truly experiences God during worship will never be the same again because  only a personal encounter with God can cause a transformation that is almost always impossible to take place under any ordinary circumstances.

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Conclusion

Although there have been significant developments in the way the Christian Church throughout the centuries have conducted praise and worship, it appears that the manner of worship seen today remains to be patterned from the way God instructed His people to come into His presence to present their sacrifices and burnt offerings.

The Christian praise and worship that we know and still practice today is biblical; it has its roots in the Tabernacle of Moses, which God asked His people to construct to be His dwelling place as well as a place for His people to commune and fellowship with Him.