Worship is ascribing “worth” to God. Praise is expressing the truth about God to God directly and personally. Celebration is proclaiming the truth about God both to God and to one another.
We see many examples of celebration in the Bible. Some of them are reflected in the key scriptures for this week, but there are many more. By reading through these verses we can learn a lot about what celebration is and how it was done during biblical times. Here are some of the themes that emerge from these texts:
Celebration can be loud and joyous
Celebration can include clapping hands
Praise and celebration can include lifting of hands
Praise and celebration can include dancing
Praise and celebration can be instrumental (for example: a soloist playing an instrument to the glory of God)
Praise and celebration should be culturally diverse (the vision of Revelation 7:9-11 sets the vision for worship, our worship should reflect the cultural diversity of our body)
"I was incredibly blessed by everyone who came out to the clean-up event to serve neighborhood seniors. It literally brought me to tears knowing that there are amazing people out there restoring my hope in what it means to love and serve each other."