I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. -Psalm 69:30
I Will Magnify God with Thanksgiving
Blood sacrifice is a method of worship for the early Christians. But today as we no longer need to make blood sacrifices, we must still worship our Father and honor our Lord and Savior. In the book of Psalms, we can find several verses that reflects our own praise and thanks to God. God doesn't care if our spiritual gift is music or not; He's just listening for our heart to be full of joy as we share our praise and thanksgiving with him. God wants obedience and worship more than sacrifice for sin.
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God is longing for every true Christian to embrace the word of 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." That is, to do everything so that God will be magnified. God's true children has a heart that longs to magnify the God of their salvation and his Son Jesus Christ. When our hearts are in such a condition, we need to beg God to open the eyes of our hearts that we might know the hope to which he has called us. We must have an eye to the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that followed, not forgetting the sufferings of Christians too. We are laid upon the grace of God by assured faith. God deserves our praises and His name is exalted among men.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. -Psalm 34:18
God Is Close To the Brokenhearted
While many of us are richly blessed spiritually and physically, many of God's people face hardship and difficulty. Regardless of why the brokenness is there, many have turned to alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, entertainment, money, power, materials possessions and the list goes on and on as a fix it tool. But there is ever-present help in our troubles and a secure hope for, the Lord God knows us and loves us and is right next to us, very close! When our heart is broken and our spirit is crushed, that is when God is closest to us, he is very near to bring comfort and healing. We may not always feel His presence during these difficult times, but remember that God has not abandoned us. We seek Him more, we see Him more clearly.
As we battle depression, let's pray and ask the Lord for a new perspective, a deeper revelation of His Presence with us, and to ask Him to direct our paths. Taste and see that the LORD is good; with a tenderness that can only come from the Father, He wants to love us back to life and wholeness. Jesus is the great reminder that God cares and involves himself with the broken, forgotten, and downtrodden. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
Be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. -1 Samuel 12:24
Fear the LORD and Serve Him Faithfully With All Your Heart
When our skies are sunny and the sailing is smooth, we may have a tendency to forget that all those good things are gifts from God and that we need to praise Him for all we have. As we are being reminded that God made so many great things, He deserves our worship and praise. Of all the good things he has done, he has chosen to do one thing especially well: He blesses us! God blesses us with material, spiritual and hope. He blesses us beyond pain, he blesses us now, and he blesses us in the future.
Christian life is a marathon, how we finish is more important than how we started. It's always great to get off to a good start, but how we finish is what ultimately defines us. But let us focus on the race and let us carry on the good things that God had given us no matter what our season looks like, may it be good, bad, or ugly. The most important thing in life is to successfully finish the race with fear on the Lord and faithfully serving Him as an appreciation of the great things he has done for us.