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Day 1: Words of Thanks

Day 1 of the 7 day Worship Devotional Series. For 7 days, we are featuring a devotional paired up with a song written on the same scripture. Every day on the blog we will publish a new devotion and a new song from the NewSpring Worship Team. 

Read: Psalm 19:1-6

Several times in the past few months I have arrived at work – to a dark and quiet office – to find a card on my desk from different people about different things: a thank you for helping out with a big task, a “great job” note, an unexpected word of encouragement. It has happened with such regularity that it has become my favorite way to start the day. Now, before I turn on the lights, I scan my desk each morning to see if there’s a surprise awaiting me. That sounds silly, I recognize, but there’s just something refreshing about a word of thanks or praise or love that’s like a new breeze on my face.

Perhaps we savor words of thanks and praise and love because we are made to express them. We are wired to thank God. We are built to praise Him (Romans 1:20). The Bible says that trait isn’t singular to us. All of Creation is made to thank and praise and love Him. All of Creation has an awareness and an inherent awe for our Creator and Provider. 

In Psalm 19:1-6, the heavens declare His glory. The skies proclaim the height of His love. They pour forth speech. Their voice goes out into all the earth. There is a reason for that; our God is so beyond our comprehension, so holy, so beyond our words that even nature joins us in our efforts and responds in praise.   

The last sunrise you caught, where the sky went from grey to orange to brilliant in a matter of minutes, was the heavens’ “thank you” card to God. The same should happen in our own hearts; our praise for God should live there, a continual hum of adoration and thanksgiving. We were made for it.  The chaos of everyday life can diminish our response to Him. It can cause our affection to dull and gather dust, but we were made for greater praise, especially as we rediscover the height of His love.

Listen:

Listen to The Height

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Reflect:

  • Have you praised God for His gifts to you? Take a moment to thank Him for His goodness and blessings in your life.
  • Complaining is the opposite of praise. Today, consciously replace any negative thoughts with praise of God's good and sovereign care in your life. 

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