Sing Your Thanks to the Lord
“Sing out your thanks to him; sing praises to our God” (Psalm 147:7 TLB).
Learning to thank God for what he has given us is an important part of our spiritual journey. So how do you make gratitude to God an integral part of your life?
One of the most important ways to do it is by singing. The Bible says, “Sing out your thanks to him; sing praises to our God” (Psalm 147:7 TLB). Few things make you aware of God’s presence more quickly than singing your praise to God. And it doesn’t matter how much musical talent we have. The Bible urges us to make a joyful noise. Even pigs do that as they eat! If pigs can make a joyful noise, so can we.
Christianity is a singing faith. There are more songs about Jesus Christ than anything or anyone else, even love. That’s why you need to be part of a local church. It’s not just about listening to a weekly message from the Bible. At least once a week, you need the emotional expression that comes from singing thanks to God. Without it, your heart will shrivel. You can’t be a healthy Christian on sermons alone. You need both the impression from the message and the expression through the music.
I have discovered that the times when I least feel like singing are when I need to do it the most. When my heart is cold, I need to be renewed, restored, and recharged through singing thanks to God. In my hectic schedule, I find listening to music and singing praise to God renews my soul.
So turn on your favorite worship songs or find a good Christian radio station, and sing along. Thank God for all he has given you. And make a joyful noise to the Lord.
Talk It Over
What are some of your favorite worship songs? Why do you like them?
What can keep you from singing during private and corporate times of worship?
Share about a time when singing praise to God helped lift your mood.
This devotional © 2019 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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