Thanksgiving, praise and worship

Hand raised in worship

Continuing our series of blog posts as an introduction to worship…

We often use the words thanksgiving, praise and worship interchangeably – but even though they naturally blend together in practice, they mean different things.

  • Thanksgiving relates to God’s goodness

    “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures for ever.” (Psalm 107:1)

  • Praise relates to God’s greatness

    “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” (Psalm 145:3)

  • Worship relates to God’s holiness

    “Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.” (Psalm 99: 5)

Holiness is in a class by itself – it is the attribute of God that is most difficult for the human mind to comprehend because it has no parallel on earth. We can talk about the wisdom of God because we know wise people; the greatness of God because we know great people; the power of God because we have seen demonstrations of great power – but apart from God Himself there is no earthly example of holiness – it is something unique to God and those who have received it have received it from Him.

Since it is more difficult for us to fully understand God’ holiness it can be more difficult for us to fully understand and enter into worship. Therefore worship is the most difficult of the three that a believer can offer in a way that is acceptable to Him.

We’ll continue looking into how thanksgiving, praise and worship fit together next time