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Praying with a Thankful Heart

Praying with a Thankful Heart

 

“O that we may be graciously enabled to love God, and live up to our profession! O to be, indeed, the servants of the Lord the lovers of Jesus, this is our main concern.”

– Charles H. Spurgeon

True worship includes a thankful heart. God acknowledged Israel was continuous in external worship stating that their sacrifices and burnt offerings were ever before him. He corrects their belief that he benefits from their offerings because he has no physical needs. He owns everything. The details of the sacrifices were important to observe as expressed in the law, but “thankful adoration before the Lord” that “remembers his divine goodness” validates true hearts of worship! (Spurgeon)

“…I am God, your God I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me. I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Sacrifice thanks offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:7b-15)

“…fulfill your vows to the Most High…” (vs.14) reflects a thankful heart of worship that is true to the commitments and faithful obedience that accompany our saving relationship with this wonderful, merciful, “Most High,” God.

Dependence on God is often overlooked as at act of worship, but is expressed in thanksgiving by thanking God for his provisions, as well as, when we “…call upon me in the day of trouble…” (vs.15) Believers are sometimes chastised for only calling on God when we are in trouble, but here God displays  such prayers as demonstrating trust and worship of God. Dependence on Him is right where He wants us to be.

This simplicity in worship is like a breath of fresh air. Is a heart of thanksgiving flowing through our service, obedience, corporate worship, sacrifices or giving, dependence and even desperation on God? This is what the Lord desires. He promises He will deliver us in “the day of trouble,” and we will continue to honor him in this progression of relationship and worship.

Spurgeon said, “O that we may be graciously enabled to love God, and live up to our profession! O to be, indeed, the servants of the Lord the lovers of Jesus, this is our main concern.”

Thanksgiving should permeate our thoughts and actions each day. Paul said, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) While the pace of church ministries, activities and worship services is currently reduced, let me encourage you to increase the stream of thanksgiving expressed in faithfulness and dependence on Jesus the Most High God! . He will deliver you. Call upon the Lord and thank Him in prayer.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care