July 5: Sabbath Worship

Read 1 Chronicles 16:1-43

Sundays are my favorite day of the week. There is something so special about joining together in community with other believers and sitting under the teaching of the Word of God. Yet, one of my favorite components to a service is worship. Those moments are so special. Singing together about the One who unifies us all. It’s powerful.

In our reading today David provides Asaph with a song of thanksgiving to be used to praise the Lord. During David’s time it was common for certain individuals to be appointed to give continual thanks to the Lord. What an interesting concept right? Instead of reserving praise for a special occasion, we make praise a part of our routine.

As we take time to relax, rest, and refresh every week during the Sabbath, the Lord grants us a unique opportunity to reflect on the blessings He has bestowed upon us. In these moments are we praising the Lord for the work He has done in our life? Are we truly refreshing our spirit if we are not worshipping the One who has sustained us through another week?

Our passage today gives us two insights into how we can praise the Lord for what He has done in our lives.

1) Remember what God has done (v.8-22). Thank the Lord for the provision He has given you this week. Sing in thanksgiving for the blessings He has placed in your life. Take time to bask in the majesty of the God, who even in the hard times is faithful to provide. We don’t deserve a love like the one Christ has given to us, yet He loves us. If for nothing else, spend time thanking the Lord for this truth.

2) Share your thanksgiving with others (v.23-28). We are often so quick to share about a trip we have just been on, or a concert we attended, but how apt are we to share with others what God is doing in our lives? Take time to bless someone with a story from how God is working in your heart.

Worship is an essential part of refreshment. The act of worship might look different for everyone, but the principles remain the same: praise the Lord for His greatness, His love, and His provision in our lives. How are you worshiping? During Sabbath is your spirit being refreshed by worship?

-TAB

About taylorbennington

Pastoral Intern, Grace Church
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