Worship With Songs and Thanksgiving

Friends,
What a privilege we are offered… to worship the Creator of the whole immense universe. He is GOD. Do we fathom this… fathom His greatness? No, we do not. But we can try. We can get on our knees, our faces to the floor, and think about this awesome, majestic God that we are invited to not only bow before, but to commune and fellowship with. Oh, what privilege… If everyone could just grasp this… and sing to Him songs of praise.

Yes, for we “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” (Ps. 100:4) This is how we approach Him. But let us come as humble servants, righteous, unblemished, undefiled. Sure we do this clothed in the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 13:14), but WE clothe ourselves with Him, as that verse says. God’s grace flows to us, but “it teaches US to say ‘No’ to ungodliness…” (Titus 2:12) WE are the ones to do this. Many want to sit back and expect Jesus to do everything for them. Some go so far as to say, “Well, if I sin, Jesus just didn’t come through for me.”

No, WE have the daily, hourly choice to walk in the Spirit or not to do so. (Gal. 5:16,25) WE have the choice to abide in the Vine by meditating on His Words. (John 15:1-7) WE have the obligation to “purify ourselves by obeying the truth” (1 Peter 1:22), that Truth which is Jesus, God’s Word, and the Holy Spirit. (John 14:6 & 17:17 & 1 John 5:6)

If we are in the habit of doing this on a constant basis, then we can joyfully approach Him through praise, thanksgiving, and our union with Him obtained through our faith in Him. (Eph. 3:12) Then we bow in humble reverence before Him, listening to Him, repenting of the sins He may be pointing out in us. Then we pray… we intercede for others… we commune… Then after that, we thank Him some more.

In fact, let’s stand up, maybe on a high hill, and PRAISE this amazing God! Let all the realm of the spiritual world see. Maybe even the peoples of the nations too. Yes, praise Him in song. A new song. “I will sing a new song to You, O God.” (Ps. 144:9) He will give the new songs to you to sing, if you ask, and they will be very beautiful.

“Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him… Sing to Him a new song…” (Ps. 33:1,3)

“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the LORD more than [a big sacrifice].” (Ps. 69:30,31) Do we understand that these two things REALLY please the Lord? Songs of praise and glorifying Him with thanksgiving? And not only do they honor God, but they both work to bring deliverance. (Ps. 50:14,15,23 & 32:7)

So, “Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts.” (Ps. 105:1.2)

Yes, “I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to Him, as I rejoice in the LORD.” (Ps. 104:33,34)

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4)

This, friends, is worship. Worship due the King. (Ps. 29:2 & 98:1-9)

Let’s make it our consistent practice!

Love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on September 24, 2009.

 
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