Mixing Praise and Worship

Richard Roberts

Did you know that praise and worship play an important role in developing your faith? It’s true. When God promised Abraham that he and Sarah would have a son in their old age, Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. Romans 4:20 says he was strong in faith, giving glory to God. Now that’s praise and worship!

Why is it so important to mix praise and worship with your faith? So that when the tests of your faith come, you’ll be ready. Abraham experienced the miracle of having a son in his old age, but a few years later he experienced the ultimate test. (See Genesis 22:1–13).

One day God spoke to him and said, “Take your only son, Isaac, whom you love so much, and go to Moriah and sacrifice him.” But Abraham was prepared for the test. He had experienced God’s faithfulness, and he knew he could trust Him. Abraham told his servants, “The lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come right back.”Abraham believed that even if he had to sacrifice his son, God would raise him up. After placing Isaac on the altar, Abraham raised the knife above his beloved son. But God said, “Don’t do it! I know that your trust Me.” At that precise moment, Abraham saw a ram caught by his horns in a bush. God miraculously provided the sacrifice.

Abraham was in tune with God. He had developed an intimate relationship with God, and when the time came for him to prove his trust in God, he was up to the challenge. God didn’t disappoint him. He honored his faith and obedience. We, too, can develop a faith relationship with God so that we can praise and worship Him in every situation and pass our “trust tests” with flying colors!