Worship Celebrates the Greatness of God
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by Derek Gentle
True worship celebrates victories from God
and the greatness of the person of God
Two key biblical terms for celebrating the greatness of God: Praise and Shout
Ezra 3 has two groups of people: the praisers and the
appraisers, the spiritual and the sentimental
1. Praise - To Joyfully Boast in God for His Acts and
Ezra 3:11 ". . . They praised the Lord, because the
foundation of the house of the Lord was laid"
Lit. - The root word of Hallelujah, to laud, to boast, to
celebrate, to be clamorously foolish.
Sometimes, used to mean to act foolish, like a madman. In
the KJV, this word is once translated, celebrate
To joyfully boast in God for His acts and greatness...
To Joyfully - ". . . My mouth shall
praise you with joyful lips" - Psalm 63:5
Boast in God - "My soul shall makes its
boast in the Lord. . . " - Psalm 34:2
For His Acts and Greatness - "Praise
Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His
excellent greatness!" - Psalm 150:2
"Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power to
the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgements.
. . " - Revelation 19:1-2
"And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great
multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of
mighty thunderings, saying, 'Alleluia! For the Lord God
Omnipotent reigns!'" - Revelation 19:6
2. Shout - The Enthusiastic Expression of Joy and
Triumph in the Lord
Ezra 3:11 ". . . Then all the people shouted with a
great shout when they praised the Lord, because the
foundation of the house was laid"
Ezra 3:13 - "The people shouted with a great shout
and the sound heard afar off"
Literally - To shout in triumph, to shout for joy
". . . Shout to God with a voice of triumph!" - Psalm
"Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!" - Psalm
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