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Praise And Worship In Church

To the conservatives among us, does Psalms 134 verse 2 have any relevance to the way people conduct themselves in your church? Would this action be out of place and frowned on where you worship?

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I Praise God while I'm I'm in Church services, driving my vehickle, riding my m-cycle, at home, while shopping saying thank you Jesus for bargains etc. Outwardly praising God expressions clapping your hands - a victory march around the pews, etc Belongs In Church. I'd rather praise God than for God have rocks to cry out unto Him to take my place.
---Lawrence on 8/31/09

I do my worshiping right here in my home....Psalm 134:2>>> "Lift up your hands to the sanctuary and bless the Lord". Does anyone care? If someone comes out to fix the pipes or the waterheater, and I am in the middle of praising my Saviour, I don't stop. I keep doing. "In this house the Lord shall be worshiped". Or scripture goes something like that! If the phone rings I generally will not answer it, if I am praising God, however, If I do answer it, The music is still blaring, Don't worry, I can still hear, but they might hang up!
---catherine on 3/20/09

It is very important to have praise and worship in the church at every service. If people do not praise and worship God in and outside of the church, something is wrong with their walk with God. A person should praise and worship God from the heart, and not because someone else is. We should not be ashamed to praise and worship God wherever you may be. Praising God means to thank him for his blessings he bestowed upon us. Worshiping God means to seek him for a stronger desire to draw closer to him. A person can worship God through song, prayer, and by their testimonies. A church should feel free to let go and let God be God and to use them for his glory.
---Rebecca_D on 3/20/09

I don't know about you, but I worship the way the Bible says, I lift my hands,I play instruments, I sing,I run the isles, I march in victory, I dance, I shout, I leap for joy, I get slain in the Spirit...When David brought the Arc back to Jerusalem, it says his praise was 'vulger'. Is God worthy of your praise, or are you worthy to praise God?
---Lisa on 3/20/09

God deserves all the praise we could ever give him. I worry more about churches that frown upon expressions of praise. and label some things as emotionalism. than i do for a church that may have too many expressions of praise, or some people that make people uncomfortable.

If someone is embarassed to raise their hands to show praise to Jesus, i would wonder what else would they be embarassed about.

some churches are so uptight and try to keep the holy spirit in a box.
---AaronT on 3/1/09

I used to attend a church where the hymns were sung beautifully but when the Other churches used to come to sing from the Black churches it raised you out your seats, having said that it raised you out the door when you watch as the choir diminished and the hip hop came in!

I think it's about balance and not about the Youth only I've learned that, God wants reverence not Pop Idols!
---Carla3939 on 2/26/09

Like Jeremiah the Prophet: God's Spirit is just like fire shut up in my bones. He summed it up for me. If fire is in your bones, you got to move...yes Lord you will move!
All of you who are bound in your Spirits would do well to seek a release or a breakthrough. You don't know what you are missing. Send the fire Lord...send the fire!
---Robyn on 8/1/07

I refuse to attend a dead bones church. My spirit is alive with Christ dwelling within. I will lift my hands,dance,shout,sing, run, speak in other tongues. I dare the devil to try to stop that. My church is a spirit-filled Holy Ghost church where Jesus dwells in the midst. My pastor is also on fire for the Lord along with the entire congregation. My constant prayer is: Lord let our worship be for real. And it is. Hallelujah!
---Robyn on 7/31/07

No matter. When God's power comes upon you, you lift your hands, if that is what the prompting from God is about. And really you should know. The scripture means>>Now these are here called upon to do it.>>>> See here, we are called upon to do it. What are you going to do, tell God NO, Because other people don't like it? Excuse me, I will say no to people and yes to my God.>>>More on the scripture. Let us therefore bless the Lord. Let us lift up our hands in prayer, in praise, in vows.
---catherine on 7/31/07

There is a huge difference between a sanctuary a temple. The temple (and in today's world, the church) is suppose to be orderly and quiet. Our culture is grown to be entertained and allowed entertainment into the churches. Church leaders think that they should fill every minute of church time with worshipping, sermons, music, etc. to draw the people in. What one power does the church need to grow the vine?
---Steveng on 7/31/07

That is right Pope>>> We swoon at the feet of actors some faint. their heart beats fast. So does mine, better than theirs, ah Jesus. We shout and act like fools at ball games why we even get into fights. We worship other gods. Why not give the true God what He deserves. ALL of the hooping and a hollowing that God commands. Why Not.
---catherine on 7/31/07

No. We raise our hands at ballgames to celeberate our teams so why can't we raise our hand to worship Jesus as scripture says?
---Pops on 7/31/07

how is it the charismatics can be so overcome by the Spirit in church, and cant control what they do in church, BUT when out in the world and the Spirit instructs them to witness to a person or persons, they're not quite so overcome by the power of the Spirit? may i suggest emotionalism
---r.w. on 11/4/06

We lift up our hands, dance, shout, some speak in tongues, some run, some fall out in the spirit. We must remember that everyone worships God different. Just because they don't raise their hands or tap their foot, that don't mean that they are dead spiritualy. Some are afraid of what others might think. I need more boldness, when the Holy Spirit gets all over me, how can I just sit there? I can't, I have do something, so I shout, but I am in order.
---Rebecca_D on 2/25/06

YOU GO JOHN!!! Right on Brother. In church I believe as long as all are under the leadership of the pastor who is guided by the Lord, church order is being met. Never grieve the Holy Spirit. Always be praying in season and out of season. Raise joyful hands unto the Lord. Be reverent and respectful of others who may not understand you. Let go and let God.
---mikefl on 2/21/06

pt 2: When will the church ever learn that NONE of this matters?! Individual praise and worship is very private, intimate, and as different with each person as snowflakes are, and NO ONE has the right to dictate to another person how, when, where, or why to worship. Who died and made ANY of us the worship police???!
---John on 2/20/06

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What amazes me is, why is there so much controversy over something that is so simple?! When you make man and his entertainment the central focus of the praise and worship time, this is what results! You should raise your hands, you should NOT raise your hands. Don't clap, DO clap! sing hymns, throw the hymn books out! stand up, sit down! be quiet, shout for joy! kneel reverantly, dance wildly!
---John on 2/20/06

I attended a charismatic church about a year ago and knew none of their gospel songs. After a few minutes we were all ordered to put down the hymn sheet 'because you should all know these by now' we were told. I continued to read from mine but was glared at throughout. They did not like people holding the hymn sheet because it restricted the hands that 'should be raised in praise'. I tried to fit in for 3 weeks then returned to my own church.
---emg on 2/20/06

Nellah ... don't judge what is going on inside those who stand there in quiet reverence ... it is as emotional and valid, (and no more valid) than the way you react to the Lord. And surely if you dance and raise your hands while you sing, you too have memorised the wrods?
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/20/06

Amen Nellah!
---wes on 2/20/06

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What will be conserved in us when we are face to Face, heart to Heart with Jesus, if you are conserving your heart and holding it back from Jesus, then what are you conserving it for? What is taking Jesus' Place in your heart? Holy Spirit in Jesus show us how to Awaken our Hearts for You, Thank You amen
---Joel on 2/19/06

Praise and worship are my favorite parts of the service. Clap, tap my foot, raise my hands to my Father, tears stream down my cheeks. I feel sorry for those people who just stand there motionless and mouthing words they've memorized, almost never feeling the Holy Spirit come alive inside.
---Nellah on 2/19/06

If David came back to life today, He would be appalled at what we call praise and worship today. We stand on attention like statues and the songs sound like funeral rations!! All in the name of being gentle men and ladies!!!
---pkay on 2/19/06

people lift their hands & worship with no problem at the church i attend.
---canda3996 on 2/19/06

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