Thanksgiving is the origin point for all worship. A heart that is filled with thanks for what the Lord has done is ready to enter into His presence; our praise is what paves the way into His courts. (Psalm 100:4) In Psalm 50:23, the Lord speaks saying, “Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors Me.” After all He has done for us, all He asks for in return is our grateful, mindful worship- ourselves, the living sacrifice. In Romans 21:1, Paul urges followers of Christ to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.”
Without a heart that is thankful, worship cannot ignite. Worship is expressed from the heart, through the body. If you struggle to feel connected to the Lord in worship, start by fixing your mind on what He has done for you- begin to speak gratitude to the Lord for what Jesus went through to procure your eternal salvation. Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you, to inspire you with thoughts and reminders of what He has done. From there, begin to stir your spirit from a perspective of thankfulness and continue to recall what He has done in your life.
The enemy will try and come against you, to try and block your efforts or redirect them! Stay focused on thankfulness to God.
The enemy will try and come against you, to try and block your efforts or redirect them! Stay focused on thankfulness to God. Thank Him for each thing that comes to mind as you worship. This is even more important for us when we do not feel like it. Worshipping when you do not want to is, essentially, the foundation of a sacrifice- and we all must do this at different levels each time we draw near to worship Him.
A sacrifice of thanksgiving is what makes our Father feel truly honored- He said that Himself. As followers of Christ, that is our primary goal: ministry unto Him.
Thought for the day
Hebrews 13:15 says, “By Him [Jesus] therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” Let yourself be inspired by what Jesus has done. Start with remembering the “joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12) and give thanks to Him for that. It will change your whole life! From there, let your thankful worship flow from your heart, through your body and to His heart. As complex, multi-faceted, mysterious and powerful as God is, He asks for only one thing in return from us: worship.
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