What is praise?
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Psalms 100:2 The Bible mentions 248 times that we should praise the Lord. Webster defines the word praise as to say good things about and it is synonymous to words such as admire, commend, extol, honor, and worship. A definition of Christian praise is the joyful thanking and adoring of God, the celebration of His goodness and grace.
So why should we praise God?
God deserves to be praised and He is worthy to receive our praise. "For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods" Psalm 96:4. By praising God, we are reminded of the greatness of God! His power and presence in our lives is reinforced in our understanding. "Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant" Psalms 135:3 Praise also discharges strength in faith, which causes God to move on our behalf. "From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger" Psalm 8:2. God inhabits the atmosphere of praise. Psalms 22:3 says, "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel". If we want to see a clear manifestation of God's blessings and grace, all we need to do is to praise Him with all our heart, our mind, and our soul.
Here at Riverside Baptist Church we believe that praising God is essential to our worship services. Everything that we sing, speak, or preach is for the honor and glory of our Lord and Savior. We have several opportunities for you to be involved in praise and worship.
- Congregational singing
- Choir membership
- Multimedia work
- Congregational Singing--everyone who breathes can praise the Lord! Join us in making a joyful noise to Him during our worship services.
- Choir Membership--everyone is welcome to join the choir. We practice on Wednesday nights at 7:45 p.m.
- Multimedia Work--if singing is not your gift, please feel free to assist in our sound booth. Whether it is running the computer or the sound equipment, your help is appreciated.
**Our children are also involved in worshiping through music. Click here for age groups and practice times.