Before we move on to the next topic, let us review some of the ideas about worship that we have discussed. Worship is more than a passive attitude or expression, it is a subjective experience involving body, soul, and spirit. Worship involves more than just the human element, it is an encounter of humanity and deity. Worship is more than a monologue to God, it is a dialogue with God.
We enter worship after we have passed the gate of thanksgiving and the courts of praise. It is entering the throne room of God. It is not simply light-hearted jubilation, but is an experience of reverent adoration, humble obeisance, and holy honor. Worship brings us closer to an understanding of God’s holiness.
Let us look at some comparisons between thanksgiving, praise and worship.
Thanksgiving is at the gate; praise is in the court; worship is in the throne room.
Thanksgiving is acknowledging what God has done; praise is confessing who God is; worship is entering God’s presence.
Thanksgiving is acknowledging God’s goodness; praise is acknowledging God’s greatness; worship is acknowledging God’s holiness.
Thanksgiving is an attitude; praise is an expression; worship is an experience.
Thanksgiving is acknowledging God; praise is agreeing with God; worship is communion with God.
Thanksgiving is acquaintance with God; praise is friendship with God; worship is fellowship with God.
Next time we will begin to consider the question, “Why worship?”