Praise is an expression of respect and admiration for God.Praise is a joyful recounting of all God has done for us in anticipation for more. It’s closely intertwined with thanksgiving as we offer back to God appreciation for His mighty works.
It does not require anything of us. It is merely the truthful acknowledgment of the righteous acts of another. Since God has done many wonderful deeds, He is worthy of praise (Psalm 18:3).
Worship, however, comes from a different place within our spirits. Worship should be reserved for God alone (Luke 4:8). Worship is the art of losing self in the adoration of another. Praise can be a part of worship, but worship goes beyond praise.
It is a lifestyle, not just an occasional activity.Through worship, we realign our priorities with God’s and acknowledge Him once more as the rightful Lord of our lives. Just as praise is intertwined with thanksgiving, worship is intertwined with surrender.
Its been two years since I lost my brother to a sudden disease that lasted merely 3 short days and that time was the hardest that I have ever experienced in my life.The death came with A LOT to say the least.
And I remember after it happened there was an explicit yet constant ache that filled my heart that I barely fathomed. I was a mess.I was literary fumbling through the entire experience, not even understanding that it was grief that I was feeling.
Other times, I comprehended the situation particularly how it changed various tectonic functions in my life and that of my family but still it didn’t make it any less painful.
However, as afflictive, horrible and traumatic as it was, I gradually came to accepting it as part of life and as time went by I realised a sense of peace through the process.More so, I particularly found that peace in praise and worship.And no I was not doing it at the top of my voice!
I am christian and for the better part of my life I have served in church, particularly in singing ministry but during this time it was extremely difficult to bring myself to praise let alone worship.I wanted to be in that space where I could thank God for everything even for the trying times but it was too hard.
Then in one of those many days that seemed to last a lifetime,I just broke down. I cried.No I wailed literary like a child, quite loudly by the way and I was asking God to help me let my brother’s death go…also out loud.And then this one song spontaneously came to me-William McDDowell’s Withholding Nothing.
“I surrender all to you everything I give to you withholding nothing”
I honestly don’t think I have ever sang this particular song like I did that day, before or even after. I sung the song with so much conviction that I could actually feel myself surrender…and in the moment that I felt that happening – Your Love- was born.
I remember just grabbing a pen and next to me was one of the dailies and I wrote the lyrics in less than ten minutes.The whole song. And so far nothing as beautiful has been born into my life in a place of surrender like YOUR LOVE.
At a time where I thought I could not take any more pain and it was too hard to go through it,God showed up but only when I had given it ALL UP to Him.When I had stretched myself out sincerely and determinedly without a doubt in my heart- in full surrender, a beautiful piece was birthed.
I hope it is blesses you as much as it has been a blessing to me.
-Journey To The Present-