It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High. Psalm 92:1.
Lately, I have had a deep sense of gratitude for what the Lord has done in my life. Sometimes I forget where God has brought me from. A few weeks ago in a church service, we sang, “When I think about the Lord, how he saved me… it makes me want to shout hallelujah, thank you, Jesus!” I began to weep at the keyboard as I thanked the Lord for completely changing my life around. Where would I be without the Lord?
Today, I want to thank Him for all of the times I haven’t said, “Thank You, Lord.” I am planning on starting a gratitude journal in the next few days because I want to have an overflow of thankfulness from my heart. It is too easy to allow the spirit of critique and entitlement to take over a spirit of gratefulness.
2 Samuel 6:14–16 expounds on King David’s worship God. It says, “Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.”
David danced without reservation because the Ark of the Covenant was finally returning to Jerusalem. He danced because God made a covenant with Israel and he was demonstrating his love toward his LORD.
However, Michal, David’s wife, despised his worship and told him he was only dancing for vain glory, (2 Samuel 6:20–21). David responded saying, that his worship was exclusively for the Lord.
There will (almost) always be a Michal in your life who will try to snuff out the incense of your praise. The next time you worry about other people’s opinions about your worship, or when you feel intimidated by the perception of other people remember that:
- They haven’t seen where God brought you from.
- They weren’t there when you almost overdosed on drugs.
- They weren’t there when you were delivered.
- They weren’t there when you had low self-esteem.
- They weren’t there when God gave you the power to forgive.
- They don’t understand how God put your marriage and your family back together again.
Today, I encourage you to share what God has done in your life. Maybe there will be people who will choose not to listen, but I promise there are those who will be encouraged by your worship and your testimony.