“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”
How much time do you spend worshiping the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost? As He made all things, we can praise God for all the creation as well as the wonderful blessings He bestows on us. I recently heard a speaker say we must be ungrateful people, for we cannot literally thank God for every blessing, such as taking the time to thank Him for each heartbeat. If we stopped to thank God for everything He does, we would never use our gifts but instead be tied up in constant thanksgiving. Yet shouldn’t we be constantly thanking our Creator and Sustainer?
Paul tells us to “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” and again “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (Col 4:2, I Th 5:17-18). What does this mean? Am I to be constantly interrupting my activities to speak to my Father in heaven? Or does it mean that I am to always have the communication channel open, ready to receive or provide information at any moment?
To pray without ceasing means that I am so attuned to the Holy Ghost that we are walking side by side: I am always aware that He is present, listening, and might be speaking. I have not pushed Him to the back of my mind or said, “Oh, excuse me, I have to go do this now.” God is always beside me, always in me, and I continually acknowledge that fact.
In addition to the Holy Ghost, my Father is constantly watching me from heaven. There is not one deed or thought that I perform or imagine that He has not noted and recorded in the book of deeds (I Ch 28:9, Rev 20:12). God knows my every thought and action. This may seem intimidating, but who is always watching? Is He a condemning, oppressive judge? Or is He a righteous, loving, long-suffering, merciful, and gracious God who only wishes the best for His children?
As you dwell on these things, I challenge you to adopt the same attitude towards praise as you have towards prayer. Daily. Constantly. Allow a spirit of thanksgiving to permeate your life, your heart always appreciative of the life and richness your Father provides, even to the point of spontaneously praising Him in prayer, song, dance, art, poetry, or through whatever means He has gifted you.
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