PRAISE or WORSHIP
The obvious context, PRAISE, of this Psalm is found in the opening verses 1-3 where the writer implores the people (righteous ones) to Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with the harp… Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully [on the strings] with a loud and joyful sound.
Why praise and not worship, is there a difference. Many in modern evangelical circles think not, I disagree. Take a moment to look at the two definition links in the last sentence. I hope you can se the difference, Praise is an expression of approval or admiration in this case of the Lord. Worship on the other hand while it can include praise, is an expression of adoration and reverence. Expressing our gratitude “Thank you Jesus” when we narrowly escape a predicament is Praise not Worship.
Most churches begin with some form of “Worship” in fact many morning services are called “Worship Services” in the bulletins. Just as many churches have varying forms of worship services. Worship doesn’t mean “to lift your hands” or “bow your kneels” you can not show me that in the book. For me that is the issue, God. The bible says that praise comes from the mouth Hosea 14:2 and worship from the heart Luke 6:45.
So I am convinced that we should follow the biblical principles for life at all times. If you are a True born again Christian that should not seem an unreasonable thought to you. How does that apply here, glad you asked, there are two types of “worship” generally accepted in modern evangelical churches. They are the Normative Principle of Worship and the Regulative Principle of Worship. The easiest way I have ever had it explained was the NPW says if its not in the bible its okay while the RPW says only stuff in the bible is okay.
For those inquiring minds, I hold to the RPW, for a variety of reasons my main one being the fact that just because the bible does not explicitly command us not to does not mean we should, All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life] 1 Corinthians 10:23. I am always afraid or at least overly cautious of what corrupt things man can bring into God’s house.
The Regulative Principle of Worship by Derek Thomas