In this devotional, we’ll read Inspirational Bible Verses about Praise and Worship. And learn exactly what praise in the Bible means to us in the modern world.
Praise and worship are important parts of our Christian experience. Together they fill us with thankfulness for God’s presence in our lives and the saving grace of Jesus Christ in our hearts.
There are many ways to praise God. Reading scripture with our morning cup of coffee, saying a prayer of thanksgiving alone in our bedroom, singing worship songs in church, or sharing the love of Jesus with someone in line at the grocery store.
Each one is a different way of praising the Lord and worshiping Him with a shout of Hallelujah!
So, let’s lift up our hands in grateful praise to the One who saved our souls and read these Inspirational Bible Verses about Praise and Worship.
Praise in the Bible
Let’s begin with the word Hallelujah. It’s what we think of first when we talk about worshiping God.
But it is actually two words in one. Hallelu, which means to praise joyously and Jah which is a part of the name of the Lord.
Combined they simply mean, praise the Lord!
We find this word for praise in the Bible in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Hallelujah! Yes, praise the Lord! How good it is to sing his praises! How delightful, and how right!
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
Revelation 19:6 ESV
Now that we know the true meaning of hallelujah, we can move on to what you came to this devotional for… Praise and Worship Scriptures.
Powerful Praise and Worship Verses
Let my mouth be filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all the day.
Psalm 71:8 New King James Version
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
Psalm 42:11 NIV
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:1 NKJV
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
Revelation 5:13 NKJV
Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Psalm 105:1 NKJV
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Psalm 105:2 ESV
I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Psalm 145:1 NKJV
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
Psalm 108:3 ESV
With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
Psalm 109:30 ESV
Praise the Lord!
I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
Psalm 111:1 NKJV
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises on the harp to our God,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who prepares rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
Psalm 147:7-8 NKJV
I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.
Psalm 116:17 NLT
And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!
Psalm 107:22 ESV
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Revelation 7:12 NKJV
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
And say, “Save us, O God of our salvation;
Gather us together, and deliver us from the Gentiles,
To give thanks to Your holy name,
To triumph in Your praise.”
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
From everlasting to everlasting!
And all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord.
1 Chronicles 16:34-36 NKJV
Inspiring Praise God Verses
O Lord, You are my God.
I will exalt You,
I will praise Your name,
For You have done wonderful things;
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.
Isaiah 61:11 NIV
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Psalm 145:21 ESV
Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? Who can declare all His praise?
Psalm 106:2 NKJV
The Lord has done great things for us,
And we are glad.
Psalm 126:3 NKJV
And you will say in that day:
“Give thanks to the Lord,
call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted.
Isaiah 12:4 ESV
Praising God in Difficult Times Verses
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
Psalm 42:1-2 NKJV
When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
Psalm 42:4 NKJV
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Psalm 96:1 NKJV
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Colossians 3:16 NKJV
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
Come, let’s sing for joy to the Lord, Let’s shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Psalm 95:1 NASB
For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations;
I will sing praises to your name.
2 Samuel 22:50 NLT
I will sing of your love and justice;
to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
Psalm 101:1 NIV
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
1 Chronicles 16:9 ESV
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Psalm 9:2 ESV
Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples his deeds!
Psalm 9:11 ESV
For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations,
and sing to your name.
Psalm 18:49 ESV
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Psalm 30:11-12 NKJV
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
Psalm 47:6 NKJV
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise.
Psalm 57:7 NKJV
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to You among the nations.
Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the ground that you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.’
Deuteronomy 26:15 ESV
But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
Psalm 22:3 NKJV
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother‘s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Psalm 139:13-15 ESV
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.
Daniel 4:37 NIV
Then I saw the wicked buried. They used to go in and out of the holy place and were praised in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Philippians 4:8 ESV
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Colossians 3:16 NIV
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.
Romans 13:3 NKJV
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 NIV
At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for doing so was well pleasing in Your sight.
Luke 10:21 NASB
for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”
Romans 14:11 ESV
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Acts 2:46-47 ESV
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
James 3:10 NIV
Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
Luke 2:20 NKJV
7 Types of Praise in the Bible
Hallah means to boast or brag about God as if raving about His glory.
Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise!
Psalm 66:1-2 ESV
Yadah means to worship with extended hands giving thanks to the Lord.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
Psalm 63:3-4 NKJV
Barak signifies the blessing of God.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Ephesians 1:3 NKJV
Tehillah means to sing a song of praise.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40:3 ESV
Zamar means to play a musical instrument, especially a stringed instrument.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.
Psalm 33:1-3 NKJV
Todah means to give thanks even during times of hardship, knowing you will have victory in Jesus.
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
Psalm 98:1 NKJV
Shabach means to shout praise loudly and triumphantly to the Lord.
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:
“He is good;
his love toward Israel endures forever.”
And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.