In the New Testament the word “Praised” is used several different ways by many different people, groups and religions. Some use it simply to describe religious activity. Others call it the supernatural or divine word. Still others use it in some sort of worship, yet others do not. Yet all the same people recognize that praise is a great reward for doing good.
The people of Israel were familiar with praise and worship even before they went their separate ways into the desert. They had such a strong connection to God and to praise and worship that when they got together for dinner they would all sing praise and worship. It was the way they celebrated and remembered the birth of their Lord Jesus Christ. If they didn’t do it they would not have been a part of the greatest gathering of people God ever created.
As history changed and our world became a more complex and connected place people began to move from their tribal roots to form more permanent communities. These changes also marked a change in worship. tribe began to fade from the picture as new ideas and concepts took hold. People began to look to find something that was new and unique. New ideas like praise and worship.
When we read the New Testament we will see that early Christians, Jews and Gentiles all had praise as a normal part of their lives. This is seen in the hymns of ancient times as well as in the writings of the New Testament writers. Jesus, being a Jew, talked about His Father and said a lot of praise at meals. This continued right up until He went on His mission.
Paul, a Gentile, who claimed to be a Jew, wrote letters that included Jewish praise and worship. He included songs that contained Jewish praise and songs that praise Christ. He mixed both Jewish and Christian praise and worship seamlessly to create a sound message for his followers.
We have entered into a new Age of Christianity. Many Christians are using this age to correct the Old Testament errors that they feel wronged by God. They are doing this by using what is called “Theosis”. Theosis simply means aosis or religious elevation.
What is theosis? It is the belief that one is elevated to a higher status than that which is found in the world. Some who practice Theosis believe they are given special powers and abilities which they use to help others. They believe that God has an extra set of eyes to see what’s going on in their lives. They then use these powers to help others bring the glory of God to earth.
In the New Testament book the New Jerusalem, Jesus said, “he who seeks to establish God will be blessed.” These words were written to fulfill a prediction that had already been fulfilled in ancient times. Jesus knew that God would raise up a new generation of Christians to be apostles of his gospel. He knew that when we worship together as one, we will enter the throne of grace. worship in this way, will bring God’s blessing upon you.
This is why, we encourage you to go out into the world and live as a Christian. You must learn to praise and worship God in this way. Think about it, how can you possibly do this on a daily basis, if not every day of your life? The world would be like a big board with all your neighbors, telling you what you should and shouldn’t be doing. It doesn’t make any sense.
However, if you were introduced to Jesus as a child, he would have loved you and taught you to praise and worship God. The purpose of worship is to praise and honor God in all His ways. Think about how beautiful and how powerful our worship of God is. We can look forward to a bright future, with peace, love and joy.
Jesus didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk. If we are ever willing to walk the path of praise and worship, then we will see the fruit of our actions. We can also look forward to everlasting life with Him. If we want that, we need to learn to love God in all His ways, and we need to give Him all our attention and all our time. That is how we get closer to the New Earth where God lives and reigns.