Worship and praise are not the same thing. Worship is actually the foundation of praise.
“Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.” (Deut. 6:13).
“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matt. 4:10).
What is worship then? The biblical answer is that it is service—the offering of yourself for service.What is worship then? The biblical answer is that it is service—the offering of yourself for service. In the Old Testament and New both, the main words for it (aboda and latria) originally refer to the service of slaves or hired servants. And so a worship service is where you offer yourself, body, soul, and spirit, to God for his work. The quintessential demeanor of worship can be seen with Isaiah in the Temple (“Here am I; send me”) and our Lord’s mother at the Annunciation (“Be it unto me according to thy word”). And in the temptation in the wilderness, the Lord was refusing to render service to the devil.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Rom. 12:1–2).
“I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness” (Rom. 6:19).
Having done that, having offered ourselves in worship, praise is proper and appropriate. This is because the praise needs to be upright. “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: For praise is comely for the upright” (Ps. 33:1).
And because we are servants of the Lord all the time, it is fitting to be praising Him all the time. “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Ps. 34:1). “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Heb. 13:15).
Where do we praise Him? Well, wherever we are. We praise Him in the congregation of the saints (Ps. 149:1). We praise Him upon our beds (Ps. 149:5). We praise Him in the middle of combat (Ps. 149:6-7).
How are we to praise Him? It is to be done naturally. Praise is the fruit of our lips (Heb. 13:15). Our praise should be orderly, and with no chaos in it (1 Cor. 14:40). It is to be wholehearted, no holding back, long haul praise—“I will extol thee, my God, O king; And I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; And I will praise thy name for ever and ever” (Ps. 145:1–2). And our praise should never be slipshod; we should offer the Lord the best we have. “Sing unto him a new song; Play skilfully with a loud noise” (Ps. 33:3).
But worship first. Then praise.