“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20
The room is filled with women, at least 3,500 of them. Eyes are closed, hands are raised, and bodies sway. The sound of all these women singing together praises to God, brings nothing less than chills across my skin. I am joined with these women in song and enjoy the preview of heaven before me. The Ghetty’s lead us in song, singing, “How marvelous! How wonderful! Is the Savior’s love for me.”
Worship is the posture of the heart overflowing with thanksgiving to God for all that He is, has done, and will do.
Tim Keller writes that “the worship of God with the whole heart in the assurance of his love through the work of Jesus Christ is the thing (our) souls were meant to “run on.” (from The Meaning of Marriage) Giving praise to God in worship is the fuel that propels us forward in faith, joy, and obedience. Without worship, our tanks are empty, like a car that has run out of gasoline. We become immobilized, useless, and soul-starved.
This list of thanks that I write each week is a sacrifice of praise, an act of personal worship to the great Giver of all good things. As I add each item to the list, it becomes another note, added to the song of thanks written upon my heart. Giving thanks this way fuels my heart in the same way that joining thousands of women in song at the Gospel Coalition’s women’s conference did. And when we join together each week, sharing our lists in community, a beautiful harmony rises to heaven as a sweet-smelling incense, all for the glory of God.
Joining the community in giving thanks (#1644-1661)
Isaiah 6, Revelation 21
Contentment in His will
Reaching my 7 year anniversary of blogging
finding a petting zoo to take the kids to in Atl–feeding deer, sheep, donkey’s, goats, birds, chickens, etc.
taking four boys by myself for the afternoon–no conflicts, problems, just tons of fun!
the simplicity of living these past three weeks on vacation without all our stuff
a wonderful 3 weeks of vacation–fillings, restorative, restful, fun
finishing a couple of books, starting a couple more
hundreds of photos on my camera to go through
A Handful of Everything trailmix for the long drive home
a quiet drive with no sibling fights in the back seat
my Union Jack travel pillow
My MIL’s stint surgery successful
introducing my son to Nancy Drew books:)
the way God works through and in spite of our insufficiencies