Put Your Heart into It! (1)

“I will bless the Lord at all times.” Psalm 34:1 NKJV

If you shout your lungs out at a footy game on Saturday, but sit silent and subdued when it’s time to worship God on Sunday, maybe you’re more excited about sports than spiritual matters. Ouch! A great definition of worship is ‘worth-ship’ What worth do you place on God and on your relationship with Him? You say, ‘But sometimes I don’t feel like praising God.’ Feelings have little to do with it! A good relationship isn’t based on emotion nut on commitment. The Bible says, ‘… Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name.’ (Hebrews 13:15 NKJV) Note the words “continually” and ‘sacrifice’. With God the praise that costs is the praise that counts! King David wanted to build an alter to God on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebsuite. Araunah offered David the land, oxen and wood needed for building the alter free of charge. But David’s response was: “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24 NIV). The psalmist said, ‘From the rising of the sun unto its going down, the Lord’s name is to be praised.’ (Psalm 113:3 NKJV) This Psalmist scheduled praisebreaks throughout his day: ‘Seven times a day I praise you.’ (Psalm 119:164 NKJV) We have tea and coffee breaks; he had praisebreaks! If you want to change your environment and your attitude, start praising God throughout the day. Not only will you bless the Lord, He will bless you in a hundred and one different ways. Don’t take anybody else’s word for it – try it and see!

*The Word for Today is published by UCB Australia. A free introductory copy of the devotional may be obtained from UCB Australia; 1800 00 777 0 or admin@ucb.com.au*

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