The only thing God has ever asked in return for what He has done for you is the sacrifice of thanksgiving- worship. Sometimes it feels difficult to worship because there are so many other things weighing you down. That is what makes worship a true sacrifice, and most pleasing to God- when you deliberately and intentionally set aside everything to minister thanksgiving to Him. He is faithful to honor your sacrifice. (see Genesis 22:17)
Coming into worship expecting God to do something for you is a wrong mindset. Worship is exclusively about Him, not you. Many mistake the purpose of worship, and then wonder why they are not connecting with God, or sensing Him in worship. He is there, you know that because of what the Bible says. So where is the disconnect?
The challenge for the rest of your life will be to offer a brand new sacrifice every day, and not simply resort to what you have brought to Him in the past.
If you’re not struggling in worship- great! No matter which is you right now, each day is another opportunity for a fresh sacrifice, a new song to sing. The challenge for the rest of your life will be to offer a brand new sacrifice every day, and not simply resort to what you have brought to Him in the past. This discipline will keep your connection to Him strong, and you’ll need that connection as life continues in a fallen, sinful world.
God will always be faithful to pour out His Spirit and encompass you with His mighty presence because He is faithful, but that is not your “why”. “Why” you worship must be for the sole purpose of ministering thanksgiving unto Him. He’ll take care of the rest.
Thought for today
“I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10) The Lord desires to hear you sing testimonies to build the faith of yourself and others. He wants to fill your mouth, but it has to already be open.
As you obediently “open your mouth wide” in your worship, He will fill it- it’s a promise! He will fill your mouth with testimonies of His faithfulness in your life; of His miracle-working power; of His answers to prayer; of His salvation from trouble; of His goodness and so much more. Thanksgiving is the point of origin for all worship. Once you begin to thank Him in worship, you will find more and more to thank Him for. Don’t stop! He will continue to fill your mouth with reasons to worship and thank Him and soon you will find yourself in a cycle of worship and His manifest power that won’t end.