The 5W Formula of Praise
Educators and journalists are familiar with the 5W formula.
A report can be considered complete only if the 5W formula is used. Aristotle is credited with devising this formula. However it is much older than Aristotle. He may have found it in Scripture.
Simply stated it is "Who, what, where, when, and why." The Psalmist David succinctly answered these questions with regard to worship. Lets start with the first W.
WHO should worship God?
Who should praise the Lord? David said, "I will bless the Lord." Worship is personal. No one can do it for you. The problem with a lot of church services is they are much like a spectator sport where spectators come to watch a few play the game and never get involved. Psalm 150 lists a symphony of worship, and concludes with "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord."
WHAT should our worship do?
I will bless the Lord. How many times have we asked God to bless us? How many times do we think of blessing the Lord? Why should the Lord bless us if we don't bless Him? How can we bless the Lord? By praising Him, by exalting Him in worship, by acknowledging Him for who He really is. The book of Psalms concludes with a crescendo of praise. The last line of chapters 146, 147, 148, 149, and 150 is "Praise the Lord."
WHEN should we praise God?
When are we to praise the Lord? At all times. Every day should be a day of worship. "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thes.5:18). We sometimes find ourselves in difficult circumstances, but even in times of difficulty we are to praise God knowing He is always faithful to help us through our difficult times. Paul and Silas found themselves in a difficult circumstance. They had been beaten and thrown in jail for preaching the Gospel. In the midnight hour, they began to sing praises to God. God was so blessed that He sent an earthquake that broke open the jail to set them free.
WHERE should we praise God?
Are we to worship God only at church? No. "His praise shall continually be in my mouth" (Ps.34:1). Worship is not to take place just in the mind, or in the heart, but in our mouth. A common expression from our mouth should be "Thank you Lord." His name should be continually on our lips. Every good thing that comes our way is from God.
WHY should we praise God?
Why should we worship God? Because He is awesome, benevolent, compassionate, divine, eternal, faithful, glorious, holy, infinite, just, kind, loving, majestic, noble, omnipresent, omnipotent, quintessential, Redeemer, Savior, true, unchanging, victorious, wonderful, eXcellent, Yahweh, zealous and millions of other reasons. The doxology should be continually on our lips. Sadly, few in our day can recite it, and fewer still practice it. Today, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow."