Is your heart in your worship?
Psalm 9:1 says, “I will praise You, O’ Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of your marvelous works.”
There are a couple of things that we can learn from such a powerful Scripture. First is the heart of praise. Often when we praise God we do it only half-heartedly. We come to church shackled with our problems and our cluttered minds and only give a portion of ourselves in worship. In our time of prayer at home we move quickly past the praise and worship to the ask and receive mode.
The thing about praise is that if you will do it long enough your troubles will seem to vanish. Yes, they are still there but your perspective changes. After lifting up the magnificent name of Jesus you can’t help but have faith that He will bring you through. Praise is the catalyst that propels you past the circumstances of life, past the hum drum of routines in life, past the endless deadlines. Praise helps us focus on an eternal God that is concerned with our daily needs. We have a tendency to think that if we praise God He won’t answer our prayers. We feel like we have to tell God our problems for Him to know about them. Friends, I believe in bringing our requests to God, but we must praise Him with our whole hearts.
I can guarantee that if you will praise Him with all you have, He will show up to meet your needs. The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people. Selfishness keeps us focused on our problems instead of on the God who has the answer to those problems. I challenge you today to praise God with your whole heart and see what happens. You don’t have to be at church to praise God you can do it wherever you are.
Second, We must tell of His wonderful deeds. Why must we tell of God’s marvelous works? Of course, because He deserves praise but especially because when we tell of His marvelous deeds it causes us to believe that He will do it again. I don’t know about you but everyone has a story to tell. Everyone can look back at how God acted on their behalf at one time or another. Thanksgiving helps us focus on what God has done rather than on what He hasn’t done. God’s ways are marvelous. His works are beyond compare. Some may say, “He hasn’t done anything for me.” If God doesn’t do anything else for me, He has already done enough by saving me from sin. There is always something to be thankful for.