Thanksgiving is the Heart of Worship
“Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I, even I, will sing to the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.” (Judges 5:3 NKJ)
Who can deny that singing is a vital part of worship? Many of the songs recorded in the Old Testament were sung as a means of celebration. The song of Miriam celebrated the crossing of the Red Sea, and the song of Deborah and Barak celebrated the victory over the Midianites. The songs sung by David and others in the Psalms centered on praise and victory over enemies.
Worship is a time to praise and thank God for his victories over our struggles in life. Everyone faces battles. These conflicts or skirmishes with the forces of evil can sap our energies unless we remain in a constant state of worship. All of us face some kind of daily struggle whether it be: a battle against cancer, a battle to save a marriage relationship, an effort to hold on to a job, a struggle against depression, how to discipline a wayward child, or ability to meet financial obligations. Everyone has battles!
James wrote: “Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything” (Jas. 1:2-4 NLT).
When victory was handed to Israel, Deborah responded with worship. She and Barak lifted up their voices in praise and thankfulness to God for his faithfulness in battle. As you read her song, you will notice that Deborah does what all of us should do when claiming victory over the battle we face—namely, focusing upon the source of our victory and recounting the wondrous works of God. This kind of worship honors God, and at the same time boosts our faith to face the next battle.
When we take our battles to the Lord and see his amazing hand guiding and carrying us through each struggle, how can we not worship him with songs of praise and thanksgiving?
What victory has God given you? Shout thanks to him! How has God blessed you? Offer up a song praise to him.