“… we should use our vocal chords as we sing praises to the Lord. He wants His creation to praise Him, not our creation.” —J.C. Choate, How to Begin the Church…, p. 63
“Real worship begins when man pauses to see his heavenly Father high and lifted up.” —B.B. Baxter, Family of God
“… proclamation of the gospel is made easy by the heart that praises the Lord. For the latter feels no pressure, but only enthusiasm for its object.”
In Brazil, many saints have picked up a bad habit, borrowed from religious neighbors, calling songs “praise.” But not every song is praise, and not all praise is song. It ignores the teaching and edifying nature of many songs, Eph 5.15-21; Col 3.15-17.
To praise the Lord, the choice expressions fail,
No words suffice, for worship the tongue is frail;
But still God bids us sing, he wants to hear
Our lips alight with joy, our hearts drawn near.