You Can’t Praise What You Don’t Know!
July 30, 2020
Mica Turene

During the beginning of quarantine, I was trying to figure out what I should do. My plans had been thrown out of the window like most people. After a short time though, I saw a post about an online SOW seminar (School of Worship) that YWAM Montana was hosting. I felt lead to join the seminar, so I did! So today, I would like to share with you what I’ve learned from the SOW!

Before I filled out the application, I thought that I was just going to learn more about worship and how I can be a better worshiper. But during the second week, I heard a phrase that impacted me deeply:

”YOU CAN NOT PRAISE SOMEONE THAT YOU DON’T KNOW”

There is a difference between PRAISE and WORSHIP. PRAISE is to say (or sing) good things like: “God you are awesome! God, you are great! You are all powerful, God” and WORSHIP is to submit your life or bow down before God. When you truly know who God is and the works that He does, you can truly praise Him!

During the seminar, the teacher asked us to write a song. After writing it we were asked to take that song and make it even better. The process was difficult for me, because I was frustrated that I had never written a song before. To make matters worse, the teacher said that he was going to pick someone to sing their song for the class!

I was so terrified of singing my song in front of the class that I actually had the thought of skipping that class so that I couldn’t be chosen! I’ve always been afraid of singing in front of others. Instead of skipping though, I chose to pray the night before and I had peace to attend class the next day. I wasn’t chosen, but the teacher had another plan for us! Instead of just one person singing their song we all got together in groups and would each contribute a line to a song. We sang our part when we got to it in the song. I was a little confused at first, but as soon as I heard the beauty of everyone’s lyrics complementing each other I fell in love with it.

In the past, singing out loud in front of other people would fill me with so much fear. I see now that we do not have to be afraid to use our talents for God’s glory. It’s a lie of Satan to keep us paralyzed with fear. I’m so happy I had the chance to attend this SOW, because I feel like I am ready now to sing for the Lord and praise him anywhere I go. Also, I’m so happy that I know how to write a song now!

God is awesome!

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