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|Written by Lisa Fort|
|Wednesday, 28 April 2010 09:03|
By SHANE KASTLER
"Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name." (Hebrews 13:15 NASB)
What do you think of when you hear the word "worship"? Typically we think of music, or a church service. Most people think of "worship" as something you do at church. Yet the Bible teaches that worship, for a true believer, should be a constant state of action. The writer of the book of Hebrews says to "continually" offer up a sacrifice of praise. This doesn't mean that you are continually at church. Nor that you are continually singing. But it does mean that all throughout your day, you are aware of how God is blessing, protecting, and providing for you and you praise Him for it.
You should worship God for granting you a cool breeze on a hot day. You should worship God for providing you a satisfying dinner when you're hungry. And you should worship God for giving you a roof over your head and a bed to sleep in. All of these types of things, which most people take for granted, should spark heartfelt gratitude and worship in the believer's life.
In all honesty, God owes these things to no one. Many in this world are hungry and homeless. Yet God has graciously poured out provisions upon you. Praise Him for it! Worship Him for who He is and what He has done. Most of all, praise Him for the gospel of Christ.
This is the greatest thing God has done for us. He sent His son to live a perfect life on behalf of sinners, then to die a sacrificial death in their place. By turning from our sin in repentance and committing our life to Christ as Lord we can be forgiven and be granted eternal life. Has God saved you? If so, then praise Him for it! Continually praise Him for it. He didn't have to do it, but He chose to out of grace.
God doesn't need our worship. He is completely self-sufficient and "needs" nothing. But He allows us to worship Him and know Him. Worship Him today because He is worthy of all praise. Indeed, worship Him today, tomorrow and forever. Obey the writer of Hebrews and "continually" offer up a sacrifice of praise to the God who doesn't need you, yet chose to embrace you. He is worthy of our worship.