21 Day Challenge – Day 19 – Thank God in Worship

Today’s post comes from Andrew Kurtz, Worship Minister at C3 Church.

Congratulations! You’re in the final stretch of our 21 Day Challenge here at C3 Church. If you haven’t started yet or you’re just learning of it right now, it’s not too late! You can join right now and commit to pray, read the bible, exercise, and fast with us for these last 3 days. We believe that this combination of putting God first in your mind, body, and soul will kick start your year so that 2015 can be the best year yet!

Today’s scripture reading is Psalms 131-137. Most of the chapters are quite short, so this will give you a little bit of extra time to spend in prayer. The goal is for you to connect with God in a personal way – it may feel weird at first but I encourage you to press through anyway! He wants to show you new things today, so ask Him to speak to you as you read.

Today’s Key Scripture: Psalm 136:1-5
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. Who, by his understanding, made the heavens, His love endures forever.

I’m a music guy. I’m naturally attracted to the colorful phrasing and repetition of this passage. Maybe you, too, are the creative type and enjoy reading this passage simply for the poetic value. Maybe you’re not, maybe you have no idea why this passage repeats the same line over and over again. Whichever of those you are, I’m here to tell you that this is so much more than a pretty poem or song. These words have eternal value and this psalm is a psalm of worship.

Worship can be a vague word in the Christian world. Is it the music sung in church? Is it a lifestyle we live out? The word “worship” simply means to place value on something. When you worship God, you’re placing value on God and who He is. Basically, you’re telling Him how great He is. It’s not limited to a style of music or any particular action at all!

This Psalm repeatedly reminds us to give thanks for God’s love. When we have the revelation of how much God truly loves us, we can’t help but thank Him as a natural response. When we do that, that’s worship!

Prayer Focus: As you pray today, thank God for His love. Out of His love for us, He sent His Son to die on the cross so that we didn’t have to be separated from Him. Tell God how much that means to you! Worship Him with the words you pray and ask Him to help you live out that worship in everything you do.