Genuine Worship and Continual Praise
- Tuesday, July 29, 2008
All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.
Today, I want to ask you, when God looks at your life, does He see genuine worship or does He see a counterfeit? Does He see something real or something phony?
The bottom line is that each of us was made to worship God. And until we realize the true purpose in life… which is to worship Him and enjoy Him forever… we’ll always be floundering. We’ll always be frustrated because worship is the central purpose of life!
It is impossible to be a productive, positive Christian without participating in meaningful, genuine worship!
And I’m not just talking about corporate worship. Worship is something more than what we do… worship is a lifestyle. It is an attitude that we carry with us day by day. It is an activity and an attitude that reveals the inner heart and recognizes the value we place on God in our lives. That’s what worship is!
So today, let me challenge you to make your life a life of worship… an exclamation of the glory of our God!
Examine your life today... do you have an attitude of genuine worship? One that says...
"I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth" (Psalm 34:1)?
Have you ever wondered why we are commanded to offer praise continually as believers?
First, when we praise the Lord, it encourages others. Psalm 34:2 says, “My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.”
I think you’d be amazed at how people, Christian and non-Christian alike, respond to something as positive as honest and sincere praise to God when something good or bad happens to you.
Second, praising God naturally brings fellowship. Psalm 34:3 says, “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” There is a closeness… a bond… that is created when you’re praising God together.
And last, praising the Lord gives you power for your day-to-day life. Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
I don’t know what you may be facing today, be it a temptation you can’t let go of or a sin you can’t escape. Whatever it is, praise will help bring you out of it!
God responds to your honest, genuine praise of Him. So I urge you to make praise a habit, like our Scripture verse for today suggests, no matter what you may be going through.
Start today! Give God praise for the good and bad in your life!
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