.....the Lord is in His holy temple; let all earth be silent before Him (Habukkuk: 2:20).
When God shows up, everybody else has to shut up. This is illustrated quite well in Second Chronicles chapter 5, which describes the dedication of Salomon's Temple.
The dedication was preceded by the transfer of the Ark of the covenant to the inner sanctuary of the Temple, where it was placed beneath the wings of the cherubim. More sacrifices than could be counted accompanied this event. Then the priest withdrew from the Holy Place and consecrated themselves so they would be holy in their relationship to God.
After this, the Levites who were dressed in fine linen, began to make music unto the Lord with cymbals, harps, and lyres, and they were accompanied by 120 priest playing trumpets. In addition, singers raised their voices with the instruments to give praise and thanks to the Lord. This was some choir and some orchestra. Their praise must have literally filled the Holy Pace and spilled beyond to the Outer court as they sang: "He is good; His love endures forever.: (see 2 Chronicles 5:13).
Now watch what happens:
Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud, and the priest could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the lord filled the temple of God (2 Chronicles 5:13b-14).
It is important for us to try to get a picture of this in our mind. Sacrifices and thanksgiving were offered as the Ark of the Covenant was taken into the Temple.; Then the priest consecrated themselves in preparation for the service of dedication. As this time of praise began, the orchestra played first. Then the trumpeters and singers joined in. Finally, after all the sacrifices thanksgiving, and unified offerings of praise, the power of God came into the Temple so strong that the priests could not stand up! In truth, everyone in the place was flattened like a line of dominoes. They couldn't perform their duties because the cloud of God's glory filled the place.
Finding God and enjoying His presence is the sole purpose of our praise. Only then may we know what to do and how to live effectively God is raising up a praising Body all over the world.He's preparing a generation who will seek Him above all else. when they start singing, governments are going to become afraid. when they start shouting, nations all around the world are going to be transformed. Then, when God finally comes and sits in the midst of all this praise, our world is going to see miracle upon miracle as the walls of prejudice, hatred, and division fall. (See Joshua chapter 6.)
Indeed, our world will change so fast that we will be hard put to keep up with everything doing. This is the power and authority of praise that leads God's people into worship, taking them the whole way into His presence.
The following is a summary the principles between the relationship of Praise & Worship
1. God responds to people to who have a deep hunger for Him.
2. Passionate worshipers love to be with God, and He loves to be with them.
3. Praise and worship are related but different activities:
* Praise is initiated by us. Worship is God's response.
* Praise is something we do. Worship is something God releases.
* Praise is our building a house for God. Worship is God moving in.
4. Repentance is a necessary part of seeking and praising God.
5. Humility and trust free God to reward those who seek Him.
6. God's plans for each person include intimacy with Him and a future filled with hope.
7. when God shows up in the midst of His people, everything else suddenly stops.