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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

This past Sunday, Pastor Bayly mentioned that King David appointed a Levite named Asaph and his relatives to the full-time work of giving thanks to the LORD. You can read about this assignment in 1 Chronicles 16, which includes a song of thanksgiving, large portions of which are also recorded for us in the book of Psalms (see especially Psalms 105; 96; 106).

The fact that these men were to devote themselves so extensively “to celebrate and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel” should remind us (again) how essential gratitude is in the life of a Christian. James 5:13 says, “Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.”

How often are we happy about some life circumstance, but we forget to sing praises to God? When we fail to do so, we rob Him of the glory that is due to His name. So let us not forget. One good habit to build for yourself and your family is to have a short verse or hymn that you actually sing when good things happen—when a child learns how to walk, when you get a new job, when the bills get paid again, when someone provides you a meal, when the sky is particularly beautiful, when you hear about someone believing in Jesus for the first time, when one of your children selflessly helps their sibling, when the cancer screen is clear, when the grades are good, when you get an unexpected day off…

There are some good and easy options for this, because we sing them all the time at church: the Doxology, the Gloria Patri, and the final verse of “Now Thank We All Our God.” Each of these could be called a “doxology,” which is just a liturgical expression of praise to God. Praise is a habit that needs to be built, so get to it!

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;

Make known His deeds among the peoples.

—1 Chronicles 16:8

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – “Sing to Him, sing praises to Him, speak of all His wonders.” (1 Chron. 16:9)
  • Confession – Confess ingratitude to the Lord.
  • Thanksgiving – “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” (1 Chron. 16:34)
  • Supplication – Ask that God would cultivate a heart of gratitude in you and in your children.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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