Draw near to God, and he draw near to you
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.
But for a christian there must be a distinction between praise and worship. Praise is common and can be done by anyone anywhere. In fact the bible says let everything that has breath praise the lord. Animals can breathe and they do praise the lord, listen carefully to the chirping of birds in the morning, that is praise. And God is entitled to that praise because of who he is. He is God of the poor, the rich, the sinners, the pretenders, animals etc.He is God of all creation and and all his creation have reasons to praise him and they do so one way or the other.
Worship on the other hand is a very important (or should I say special)part of walking the christian journey.With our worship we honor our God.Through worship he allows us walk with him. In worship we are able to communicate with our God in a deeper level, to speak with him genuinely and to express our love to him and to adore him and to bask in his glory. It gives us the opportunity to be broken and be vulnerable before him and to enter into an intimate and a more loving relationship with him.
Worship is also for our own edification and strength. Worship helps us develop a God-like and Christ-like character. We become likened to 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.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.
When we worship God we develop such traits as forgiveness, tenderness, justice, righteousness, purity, kindness, and love. All of this is preparing us for eternal life in heaven with God and Christ. As we are told in Colossians 3:2 to, “Set your mind on things above, and not on things on the earth.”