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Summary: This is an examination of these three functions of the Church, how they differ and the importance operating in them.

Thanksgiving, Praise & Worship

Pastor Bob Ashcraft July 14, 2002

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INTRODUCTION:

§ These are different words used in scripture with different meanings and specific purposes

§ Thanksgiving relates to God’s deeds, what He has done

§ Praise relates to God’s character, who He is

§ Worship relates directly to God’s holiness

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

1. THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF THANKSGIVING

§ NT scripture regularly speaks of thanksgiving that can be done in one’s 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 don’t give thanks, we are out of God’s will

§ But there is also a point of confusion here

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

1 John 3:8…For 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 don’t 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

2. THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF PRAISE

§ 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; a striking of a finger on a stringed instrument

§ The Hebrew word for psalms is tehilim which is a term of music

§ Praise according to the Webster’s dictionary means; to speak well of, extol, magnify the virtues of someone

Hebrew Words of Praise

§ Halal: to be boastful, to be excited, to enjoy

o It connotes a tremendous explosion of enthusiasm in the act of praising

§ Yadah: means to acknowledge in public, to throw out with extended hands

o This is the word for praise used in 2 Chro 20, when the Levites went out before the army

o Ps 63:4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.

§ Barak: to kneel by implication bless God

o Bowing before the Lord expresses our submission & expectation

§ Zamar: The idea of striking with the fingers properly, to play the strings or parts of a musical instrument

o Ps 92:1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

§ Shabach: To address in a loud tone, to shout triumphantly

o Ps 63:3 Because Your loving kindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.

§ Towdah: The sacrifice of praising God through trials, pushing through adversities

o Praising in faith before God moves

§ Tehillah: cheering and singing our praise, literally to sing our "halals"

o It is used in Psa 22:3 "God inhabits…"

§ Ruah: To shout in joy

o Ps 95:1-2 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

§ All of these words are words of sound

3. THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF WORSHIP

§ Reverent devotion and allegiance pledged to God; the rituals or ceremonies by which this reverence is expressed.

§ The English word “worship” comes from the Old English word, “worthship”, a word which denotes the worthiness of the one receiving this special honor and devotion.

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