The goal of praise is to create an atmosphere for the presence of God. This is why Abraham, Moses, and David were such close friends with God. They made room for Him in their life. Their deep hunger to know and obey Him was the basis for their relationship with Him.This is true for all authentic worshipers. They love to be with God and He loves to be with them. He shows up because they had a real devotion to Him and a passion for Him.
Therefore praise and worship are related by they are very different activities and experiences.Praise is usually initiated by the praise team or the choir leading us into songs, hymns, and spiritual songs. However, worship is God's response. Praise is something we do. Worship is something God releases in the atmosphere. Praise is our building a throne, a habitation for the Lord. But worship is when God moves in and sits down among us and begins to bless His people.
Worship cannot be generated by us. It is absolutely dependent upon God. it is His perogative at that point. We may seek to enter His gates with thanksgiveng and enter into His courts with praise, but it is up to God whether He will respond to our initiatives.
In truth, we cannot worship God unless we have first praised Him and this praise must come from the Heart. Otherwise, Jesus' indictment against the Pharisees may also be leveled against us. Remember when He told them: "You praise me with your lips, but your heart is far from me." (Matthew 15:8-9).
It is a t rue statement that praise and worship might be difficult. Especially when you've had to go through a week where the hell hounds were constantly barking and nipping your heels. But the results that are achieved during those times of communion with the Lord, out way the struggles that it takes to get into the presence of the Lord. In His presence is fullness of joy, and at His right hand there are pleasures evermore. Once you are there, you want to enjoy the peace, rest, mercy, power, victory, and wisdom that He brings. all these and more are available to us in the presence of the Lord.
In the shelter of Your presence You hide them from the intrigues of men; in Your dwelling You keep them safe from accusing tongues (Psalm 31:20).
These gifts of God's presence are not to be the focus of our attention, however. Seeking the blessings or presents of God instead of the face of God never works. When we persist in this, asking God for "stuff" like He is a genie or Santa Clause actually results in forfeiting precisely what we seek. That is, we lost the things we ask for because we fail to gain the presence of the One who holds them in His hand. Then He says to us, "You've missed the the most important thing". It's like He told Martha when she was so busy preparing food for Jesus and his friends at Lazarus house. She got upset because her sister Mary wouldn't come and help her in the kitchen. Jesus had to tell her that her sister Mary had chosen the good part, which was to sit in His presence and be blessed by His Words.
Jesus also tells us in the Word to: "Seek My Kingdom first." then I'll give you all the land, houses, food, clothes, and jobs you need." (See Matthew 6:33). Yes, you may find that seeking God first is difficult because your wants and needs clamor for attention. Nevertheless, you must persevere and don't give up. The Lord already knows the things that we need before we ask for them. Yet, He still bids us to come closer into to His presence. Now, you may think that you need a prayer line, or prayer partners, but He knows that you really need time with Him. When He gets into your life and my life, he will fix in one moment things you and I have been working on for days, weeks, months, and years. in actuality, pursuing after God's presence is like praising Him. Your whole being must make a conscientious effort to focus on Him, and He must be your absolute delight.
I love Dr. Juanita Bynum's song, "In His Presence." Some of the lyrics are: " Like oil upon your feet, like wine for you to drink; like water from my heart, I pour my love on you. If praise was like perfume, I'd lavish mine on you; Till every drop is gone. I pour my love on You."
Can you imaging serenading the Lord with these words. Do you know how much that would do to and for Him. When He bends down His ear to your song from your heart, like a good Daddy, He would come down and say, "Baby that was just wonderful, I loved it! Now what can I do for you? Oh my God!! That is the kind of Daddy we serve. He loves to give good things to His children out of the treasures of His store house.
Just a careful reminder: "We forfeit the things we ask God for when we fail to seek Him first." God is a loving God. He made us for the purpose of having fellowship with Him. Now don't deny Him the access that He gives to all believers." We can, "Come boldly to the throne of grace, and obtain help and mercy form God our Father."
Peace and Blessings!
Don't forget to say your prayers. and please praise and worship Him today!