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Praise: “I Love You”
Love is the foundation of any close relationship. Expressions of adoration or affection are the lifeblood of friendships, families, and our relationship with God. There’s a lot more to worship than praise, but praise is the basis for worship.
Lament is also a matter of honesty. The psalmists model for us unflinching expressions of sadness and anger toward God as part of a close relationship with God. It’s not disrespect; it’s a way of placing all our emotions and experiences before the one we want to hear them the most. Following this model, our worship, too, must give a biblical voice to the sadness and anger worshipers bring in their hearts to worship.
“Thank you” is the counterpart of “Help!” The two stay in balance, placing our cries for help in the context of gratitude for help and goodness in the history of a relationship. In worship we offer our thanks to God for all God has done for us.