In our Baptist hymnal (1991 or 2008 edition) over 150 songs are described as either songs of “Praise and Adoration” or “Thanksgiving/Thankfulness.” Today’s worship song writers are continuing the focus on praise and thanksgiving. The reason there are so many songs of praise and thanksgiving lies both in scripture and in experiencing God in worship.
In Psalm 100 after we are told to “make a joyful noise” and “worship the Lord with gladness and come before Him with joyful songs,” we are also told to “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” Hebrews 13:15 encourages us to “offer a sacrifice of praise!” So we are to enter worship with praise and thanksgiving and bring a sacrifice of praise. This is the key to “unlocking a heart of worship.” Whether we are singing To God Be the Glory, You Are My All in All, How Great Is Our God, What a Beautiful Name, My Tribute, or the Doxology, our praise/thanksgiving helps us engage and experience a fresh encounter with God.
A worship cycle begins: God reveals Himself > we are in awe of His holiness and praise Him > God loves us and draws us to himself > we recognize our sin, repent, confess, and ask forgiveness > God forgives, inspires, and guides us to His will > we listen, hear His Word, and present our bodies as living sacrifices > God encourages, directs, and reveals more of Himself and His will for our lives > we surrender all and commit to Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
What about you? How do you come to worship? Do you enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise? Do you offer a sacrifice of praise?
“Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations” Psalm 100:4-5.