This month’s songs are about our redemption after the cross of Christ and one is about reverence to the Creator. Although some of these songs may be familiar, listen closely to the lyrics and surround yourself in the beauty of their meaning. If interested, I wrote about the two middle songs in a previous post Out of the Ashes.
What is the difference between a praise song and a worship song?
I love it! Great simple question that would otherwise go unanswered thinking that the answer is obvious. However, to those that may be new to faith, or did not grow up in a culture that exercised music liberties, the distinction may not be so clear. Here is my answer along with some sample songs that I hope will help you understand the difference.
Praise means to express gratitude and admiration. So in a praise song, the lyrics tend to be more about thankfulness and the melody is rather upbeat and cheerful. Many times, the lyrics mention God’s sovereignty, His majestic holiness, His good nature, grace, etc. and we sing as cheerful followers. Congregations clap-along, jump, sway and are all together making a joyful noise. At church you may notice that services often start with “praise” songs to get the congregation moving and alive.
Here are a few of my current favorite praise songs:
Worship means to express reverence and adoration. Worship songs in Christian settings have lyrics that tend to go deeper into the heart. They are piercing to the point of tears. They stir the heart to reflection and change. Here, congregations tend to stand still and lift their hands in surrender. Sometimes people are on their knees, on the floor, or simply bowing their heads as they sing.
Here are a few of my current favorite worship songs:
Worship songs effect people in different ways. Sometimes the songs we respond to determine the state of our heart and what we may be experiencing in that season of life.
You may be among the many that have their own favorite picks of worship songs, but if you are looking for a few recommendations, below is a short list of contemporary songs that have really moved my heart in worship this Spring. I’ve been playing these songs in my car and computer consistently for the past few weeks and when I do, I immediately fall into a state of peace, joy and fulfillment in Jesus. Follow the links below to listen. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as me.
Casting Crowns: “At Your Feet”
Rita Springer: “All I Need”
Gateway Worship: “When I Speak Your Name”
Kim Walker: “I Love Your Presence”
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
Hillsong United: “His Glory Appears”
If you have songs that stir your worship, let me know, I’d love to hear them!