If you were attending a play or baseball game, it would be perfectly acceptable for you to clap. But when it comes to worshipping the Lord, clapping is neither praise nor worship. Clapping is applause.
When God’s people praise Him, God does something—that’s when His power is manifested and the enemy is defeated in people’s lives. Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin’s book, Greater Glory, clearly explains why it’s so important for us to understand when it is appropriate to clap and when we should praise God. When we learn to praise and worship the Lord in the right way, we will experience a deeper move of the Holy Spirit in our midst and move into God’s greater glory.