EXPRESSIVE PRAISE

expressive praise

Every born again Believer in the New Testament is a part of a priesthood. First Peter 2:9 says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” As New Testament priests we no longer offer up blood sacrifices but spiritual sacrifices of praise. Hebrews 13:15 says, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

Praise is often demonstrative or expressive. It often takes an investment of our energy in its expression. This can sometimes shock people from church backgrounds where the more silent or less expressive ways of praise were portrayed as what is decent and in order. Some wrongly interpret Old Testament praise and worship as physical but New Testament to be only spiritual (John 4). True spiritual worship does not mean the absence of physical expressions. It is fitting under grace that our entire being be involved in praise or total body praise where we exercise our regenerate spirit, renewed mind, revived emotions, and rededicated bodies.

Psalm 47:1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
Psalm 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Psalm 66:1-2 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: 2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
Psalm 109:30 I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
Psalm 86:12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
Psalm 111:1 Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Psalm 150:3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Expressive praise is characterized by celebration and exhilaration expressed outwardly (extroverted) through physical expressions such as:

Singing, shouting, clapping, thanking God aloud.
Joyful clamoring, dancing, and sounds from musical instruments.
It is where we rant and rave about God, making much to do about God

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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