Co-Pastor Linda J. Nelson
|Pastor Charles R. Nelson Sr.
The goal and purpose of these lessons is to prepare to give God a perfect praise. How
often do we prepare ourselves for worship? To prepare means to make ready
beforehand for some purpose, use, or activity; to put in a proper state of mind.
In life we prepare ourselves for so many things. We prepare for our future, for
vacations, children, parties, events, holidays even death. The list is endless. But most
people come before God to worship totally unprepared. I think we come with the mind-
set of “Here I am God, rain down your Holy Spirit on me, so I can offer you a praise”. I
don’t think this is how God intended for us to come. We must prepare ourselves for
praise and worship if we want to have an awesome worship experience.
What would happen if you went on a vacation without first preparing for it? Yes, you
would still be on vacation, and you would probably have fun, but would you enjoy
yourself as much? There would be so many things left undone that it would interfere
with you complete enjoyment of the vacation. You may appreciate being away but you
will probably not enjoy your time as much as you would have had you made the proper
The same holds true for worship. When we come before God unprepared we will
probably get something from the worship experience but just imagine what it could have
been like if you had only prepared for worship.
Preparation for worship is important. God has given me a vision of a praise that will
prepare us for worship in our congregations. We are given seven words in Revelation
that we will use to prepare ourselves for worship. The number seven is the numerical
symbol for fullness, completion, and perfection. We want to give God a PERFECT-
We want to take one word at a time and meditate on it. I will give you scriptures and
alternative words to use. In your prayer time, use these words to exalt God. As you go
throughout your day, allow the Holy Spirit to bring these words back to you so that you
give God a perfect praise all day.
The hope and purpose is at the end of this lesson, you will be so saturated with words of
praise, that when you come together with other saints, no one will have to prompt you to
praise. You will be so filled with praise that you will as scriptures says, “ Enter into His
gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless
His name. Psalm 100:4
What is Praise?
Praise: The act of expressing approval, admiration or commendation; the offering of
grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship.
Exodus 15:2 (NKJV)
The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
Psalm 99:3 (KJV)
Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
Hebrews 13:15 (KJV)
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.
Seven synonyms for PRAISE
|Next lesson: The word Blessing
|" Saying, Amen:
Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and
thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might,
be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.