Don’t just thank Him for all He’s done, praise Him for Who He is!
Psalm 92:1-5 1IT IS a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises [with musical accompaniment] to Your name, O Most High, 2To show forth Your loving-kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night, 3With an instrument of ten strings and with the lute, with a solemn sound upon the lyre. 4For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your works; at the deeds of Your hands I joyfully sing. 5How great are Your doings, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep.
Yesterday we started talking about praise and today I thought we would continue. This verse tells us it is a good and delightful thing first to give thanks, then to sing praises. I had been thinking about this throughout the day and so when I read this I was excited. I love it when God confirms what He reveals to me! See so many times I think we give thanks to God because of the things He has done in our lives. It’s easy to give a shout of thanksgiving when we think about the blessings in our lives. However, we have to come to a place where not only do we thank Him for what He has done, but where we worship Him just for who He is. Thanking Him for the things He has done in our lives isn’t bad, in fact David tells us to do this in Psalm 100:4 as we saw yesterday- 4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!. The gates were the outer levels of His temple, but the courts of the temple held the Holy of Holies where the presence of God abided. Thanking God for what He has done gets you close to His presence, but praising and worshipping Him simply for who He is takes you to a greater level in Him.
The only way you will be able to truly worship Him is if you know Him. If you don’t have a personal relationship with Him you won’t be able to fully praise Him. I think about the story in the New Testament about the woman at the well. Within the conversation- found in John 4:22-23 Jesus tells the woman 22You [Samaritans] do not know what you are worshiping [you worship what you do not comprehend]. We do know what we are worshiping [we worship what we have knowledge of and understand], for [after all] salvation comes from [among] the Jews. 23A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers. God doesn’t want empty worship that means nothing. He wants, as Jesus said, for us to worship Him because we have knowledge and understanding of who He is. If you are not at a place where you can fully worship Him, that’s okay, just spend a little more time with Him. Read His Word, communicate with Him through prayer, and your worship will take on new meaning and will take you to a place of deeper relationship with Him.