"Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen." Rev 7:12 ESV
The concepts of thanksgiving, praise and worship overlap, but each also has its own unique emphasis. Together, though, they form a wonderful journey to the throne of God. See how it works:
- THANKSGIVING is to thank God for what he has done for me. It rests on concrete experiences in my life, which I am grateful for and want to honour him for. The starting place of our journey, therefore, is with me, in the here and now.
- PRAISE, whose tone is jubilant and victorious, is more about God than about myself. It rejoices over HIS goodness and grace, HIS character and HIS deeds – whether I have received something or not. Because praise focuses me on God, however, it draws me nearer to him – right into his presence!
- WORSHIP can only happen before the throne of God – the end of our journey. God’s presence compels us to bow. Our worship, there before him, is all about reverence, awe and a complete surrender.
Do you see the journey, starting from afar, drawing nearer, ending before God’s throne? Go on that journey by giving thanks, then praising, then worshiping God!
Lord, I thank you for what you mean to me. I praise you for your greatness and goodness! I bow before you in worship – you are my God. Amen.
Get to the place of worship!
These devotions are part of a series on discipleship. Follow the whole series!
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