Friday, August 29, 2008

Ways we can show our gratitude to God

I couldn't sleep tonight so I went to God's Word. I was looking up different ways we can show our praise to God.

After reading the Psalmists' instruction, I asked myself if I truly live my life expressing thankfulness to God? Or am I numbered among those that are living a life of ingratitude. I pray I never forget who God really is and what He has done for me.

Thank you Lord For leading and teaching me in Your ways, for loving me unconditionally and teaching me to love others as You love me. I want to thank you for my home and the truck that I drive, for running water, for electricity that is turned on by the flick of a switch. For protecting me and keeping watch over me to make it safely through each and every day. For the family You graciously provided, the grand children who I love with all of my heart. I thank you for the friends You have sent my way, even if some of them were only for a short time. Last of all today I want to thank You for sending your Son to die for my sins.

I need to praise God with my mouth, not just my mind
Psalm 51:15, O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 63:5, 66:8, 66:17, 71:8, 15, 24, 105:2, 109:30, 119:171-172, 145:21

I need to seek God, thirst for Him
Psalm 22:26 The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise Him, may your hearts live forever!

Psalm 42:2, 63:8, 105:4

I need to thank God continuously
Psalm 71:6 From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you.

Psalm 8:14-15, 75:9, 79:13, 92:1-2, 115:18

I need to tell people about God's wondrous works
Psalm 26:7 proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 96:3

I need to thank and praise God in front of my brothers and sisters in the congregation, among many people
Psalm 22:22 I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.

Psalm 22:25, 26:12, 35:18, 68:26, 111:1, 116:19

I need to praise God in front of the unsaved of all nations
Psalm 18:49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name.

Psalm 57:9, 96:10, 108:3

I need to praise God to the next and all generations
Psalm 79:13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

Psalm 102:18, 145:4

I need to sing praises to God, I need to sing with understanding, and make it glorious
Psalm 7:17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

Psalm 47:7, 66:2, 66:4, 9:2, 27:6, 28:7, 57:9, 61:8, 63:7, 68:4, 32, 69:30, 71:22-23, 92:1, 96:2, 101:1, 104:33, 105:2, 135:3, 146:2

I need to even sing for joy in my bed
Psalm 149:5 Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.

I need to praise Him with all my heart
Psalm 9:1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.

Psalm 86:12, 111:1, 138:1

I need to be glad and rejoice in God
Psalm 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

I need to fear God, honor Him, glorify Him, revere Him
Psalm 22:23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

I need to love and respect God's house
Psalm 26:8, 138:2

I need to stop sinning and seek righteousness
Psalm 33:1

I need to shout for joy, rejoice
Psalm 33:3

I need to be creative in my praise
Psalm 33:3, 149:1

I need to stand in awe of Him
Psalm 33:8

I need to remember and praise God's names
Psalm 44:8, 45:17, 54:6

I need to lift up my hands to Him
Psalm 63:4

I need to think about God at night
Psalm 63:6

I need to encourage other to praise and thank God
Psalm 67:3-5

I love to do this behind close doors, I need to praise Him with dancing
Psalm 150:3, 30:11, 149:3


SJ said...

"I love to do this behind close doors, I need to praise Him with dancing
Psalm 150:3, 30:11, 149:3"

I just finished working on my Sunday School lesson for tomorrow. It's about David dancing with all his might before the Lord when they brought the Ark back to Jerusalem. It will be one of my rare displays of public dancing - and I may have to have the grownup helpers step out so only 4&5 year-olds witness it :)

God is great and so worthy of all our praise!

Lori said...

SJ, YOu make me laugh.

Yes, God is worthy of all of our praise!


Amel's Realm said...

I LOVE this post, Lori!!! Praise the Lord! :-)))

e-Mom said...

Ah, the Psalms! Full of praise and poetry. Are you sleeping better now? :~D

Jim said...

Lori, this is soooooo good! You found the Psalms very telling for you. Me too.
"thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress" Psalm 4:1 (KJV) was my post for this Sunday. :-)

Greg C said...

I tend to keep my light hidden too much. I know what is in my heart but sometimes it is hard to show it. I guess I am still just shy deep down inside. I love Psalms and plan on rereading it again as soon as I make it through the Bible.

Lori said...

Amel, Emom, Jim and Greg,

I could spend forever in the Psalms.

Thank you for your encouragement.