"Where purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable." ~~Dr. Myles Munroe
First, praise and worship is NOT Christian entertainment.
Second, praise and worship is NOT what we do until everyone shows up to hear the pastor's sermon.
Now that we have cleared that up, imagine people coming into the church with all the residue of the world on them. Their minds are cluttered and filled with all that is the world. It's dirty, grimy and gritty. It is sad and stressful and lustful. It's depressing and distracting. Are you prepared to enter into God's Presence? Praise is soap and water for your soul. Praise cleanses our minds and spirits and prepares our hearts for worship. It washes away the dirt and grime of the world. Praise prepares a place for God to occupy. Purity and sincerity of heart welcomes God. In His presence, worship comes. Only in His presence can we truly and wholeheartedly worship God. Praise is the outer courts. Worship is the Holy of Holies. In His Presence, there is joy, peace and power!
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Praise and worship is vital. We should not serve up the world's leftovers. A rhema word comes in songs also. Keep if fresh and sincere, from the heart. Sing a new song. God gives us songs and divine revelations of how to praise Him. And praise doesn't just happen in the church building. There is no better way to start your day than with a song of praise, welcoming His Presence into your day!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.