Worship and Praise
John Wright Follette
In true worship, we become detached from self and are lifted
by the Spirit into the realm for which we were created, to
worship and adore God.
In real adoration, there are only three words which can be
used in English, "worthy, worthy, worthy;" "glory,
glory, glory," and "holy, holy, holy." Worship
is the adoration of God for who He is, above and beyond all
He could do, or has done for us.
Praise expresses our gratitude for the things that God gives
us. He does something for us, so we offer praise and thanksgiving
for that which He has done. Thus, in praise, we are occupied
with the thought of things.
But when we are caught up in the Spirit, we no longer think
of praising the Lord for things, but rather we become occupied
with the Lord Himself. This worship is born of the Spirit,
as it cannot be produced by us.
Whenever we give the Holy Spirit opportunity to really pour
forth worship and adoration, it is unto God for who He is
in Himself. When we come into this level of adoration, we
are no longer able to give expression to our feelings, as
we do in the realm of praise.
The Holy Spirit often catches us up from the realm of praise
into another level, in which an anointing is released from
within us and all we can do is move along with the Spirit
in the expression of adoration.
This adoration finds its expression in "holy, holy,
glory, glory, worthy, worthy." We are not merely saying
words, but worshipping the Lord for who He is in Himself.
He is worthy, for worthy is the Lamb of all glory and adoration.
Our Lord greatly desires a people who will come beyond the
realm of praise into a pure worship, which will bring Him
forth into view, in all His beauty and power. Our worship
alone will do this.