Thanksgiving, Praise & Worship
Pastor Bob Ashcraft July 14, 2002
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These are different words used in scripture with different meanings and specific purposes

Thanksgiving relates to Gods deeds, what He has done

Praise relates to Gods character, who He is

Worship relates directly to Gods holiness

This is an examination of these three functions of the Church and importance operating in them


NT scripture regularly speaks of thanksgiving that can be done in ones heart and in private

As opposed to the Hebrew references for Praise which has a connotation of being public and open

Thanksgiving occurs when we breathe a prayer of thanks to God

Praise occurs when we thank God publicly

The Hebrew word most commonly translated as thanks in the OT is related to the word for hand

This gives the concept of stretching out or lifting up hands to God

1 Thess 5:15-20

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit.

If we dont give thanks, we are out of Gods will

But there is also a point of confusion here

Some think we should give thanks for everything good, bad or indifferent

1 John 3:8For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

If Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil, then obviously the Devil has been working

The Bible does not command us to give thanks for the work of the Devil but only for the work of God

Also, in 1 Thes 5:18 - it says "in everything give thanks" not "for everything"

We dont give thanks for everything but rather in the midst of everything, of whatever is happening

Thanksgiving is a fruit of the Spirit - Gal 5:20

Thanksgiving is a manifestation of the infilling of the Holy Spirit - Matt 12:34

Thanksgiving is the first stage of our approach to the throne of God - Psa 100:4

Thanksgiving goes with our supplication - Phil 4:6

Thanksgiving strengthens faith

Thanksgiving triggers miracles


The Psalms of David can be divided into 2 groups

Psalms of Declarative Praise emphasize what God has done for His people

Psalms of Descriptive Praise exalt God for who He is

A relationship with God cannot exist without praise

Of all the books in the Bible, the book of Psalms is the longest

The English word "psalms" is actually a transliteration from the Greek word "Psalmoi" - which means;