Praise and worship is a form of music that has been around for centuries. It’s also a form of music that never seems to go out of style, no matter how many years pass. In this blog post, we’ll explore the origins of praise and worship, how it became popular in churches today, as well as some tips on how you can use praise and worship in your own church or small group setting!
*Origin of Praise and Worship Music: There are some who believe that the first form of praise and worship came about in churches as people were singing to God. However, other scholars believe it may have come from early African tribes when they sang together in celebration. Still others say that prayer songs used by Jewish musicians during Biblical times eventually was adopted by Southern Christians.
Baptist Churches throughout the Deep South has catapulted the songs of praise and worship into popularity in the early 1900s. The author, W.O. Walker wrote many hymns that are still sung today and can be found on Spotify!
*Importance of Songs: Praise and worship music has become an integral part of Christian culture because it provides a way for people to express their love for God the popularity of this form of praise and worship. Black Christians singing gospel music sprinkle in soul and rhythm to the music, and their influence cannot be denied.
*The Songs: There’s no shortage of songs in praise and worship! Worship leaders have written hundreds if not thousands of songs dedicated just to praising God through song. Some of these include “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” or “My Jesus I Love Thee. Once only played on Sunday, Gospel radio stations now stream praise and worship music seven days a week.
*The Community: For those who sing southern gospel in praise and worship, the songs are a way to express their love for God. They’re also doing it to be part of something bigger than themselves because through music they become one with the community singing around them.