Worship with a Thankful Heart
It isGod who avenges me, and subdues the peoples under me;
He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name. - 2 Samuel 22:48-50
Everything that God had done for David was to protect him and deliver him. In response, David uttered nothing but praise and worship back to God. David expressed his praise perfectly; he had a thankful heart and exalted the LORD before the heathen nations. In Psalm 138:1-3 (NIV), is an example of David’s worship with a thankful heart:
I will give you thanks with all my heart; before the heavenly assembly I will sing praises to you. I will bow down toward your holy temple, and give thanks to your name, because of your loyal love and faithfulness, for you have exalted your promise above the entire sky. When I cried out for help, you answered me. You made me bold and energized me.
One thing we neglect to give God enough of is our thanks. He deserves our thanks every single day. We should bow our heads and thank Him for His provisions and His salvation: Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah (Psalm 68:19).
When people come to church, many arrive late and miss the time of worship; they mistakenly think that the sermon is the most important part of the service. People fail to understand the significance of worship, it is to exalt, adore, praise, and thank God for all He has done in their lives. Is God not worthy of our thankful worship? Although God’s Word is vital, worship is also a necessary part of the whole service.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
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