There are immeasurable benefits to accessing the presence of God. Psalm 16:11 tells us that in His presence there is fullness of joy; and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Whenever I think about a real relationship with God, my mind immediately begins to focus on what is necessary to access His presence. That’s why I think it’s important to periodically go back and reinforce the foundation of what He has called us to do, which is to worship Him and give Him praise.
There is a Difference between Praise & Worship
To understand the line dividing praise and worship you have to address the purpose of the act and not the act itself. Unfortunately, we have mixed culture with truth and the end result is misconceptions regarding praise and worship. Praise is honoring God and thanking Him for what He does. “Lord, I thank you for picking me up. I thank you for bringing me out. I thank You for feeding my children.” That’s praise. Worship on the other hand celebrates Him for who He is. It addresses the unchangeable, unfailing, immutable things about God causing you to say, “Lord, You’re Holy. You’re unwavering. You’re sovereign. You are God and God alone.”
Both praise and worship may be accompanied by fast or slow music, or even have the same body language. But tears do not mean worship any more than shouting means praise. So you’re probably asking yourself, “Then how can I know the difference between the two acts when the actions are the same?”
God is not limited by our limited concepts of worship…
Praise and worship is not decided by music style and movement. It is not defined by education, emotion, ethnicity, culture, or gender. You can only know the difference when you understand the purpose behind the expressions. Even once you understand the expression, you must also know that praise and worship are equally important. Each one is concurrent flowing towards the destination of His presence. You see, “thanks” gives you access into the gates, “praise” into the courts, and “worship” is what you do once you’re there, in His presence.
Let The River Flow…
When you have a river of worship in your life, you can be replenished, refreshed, revived and renewed by opening your mouth and letting your river flow. I have barely scratched the surface of all I want to impart to you about praise and worship. I want you to understand why you don’t have to fight your battles in the flesh; and why worship is sometimes more difficult for men than women. I want you to realize the reasons and realities of needing the river of living water flowing through you washing your mind. To hear this message in it’s entirety it’s available for instant download at