1 Corinthians 10:31, Hebrews 13:15, Matthew 22:26, Psalm 16:11
It was a Monday. I was sick and I was at work staring down a busy week. On top of that, my husband and I were on a 21 day sugar fast which meant I hadn’t had coffee in days (this girl has to have her creamer). I was not a happy camper.
Despite my feelings though, my call for the day was still the same: be a worshipper to Jesus. I had a choice and an opportunity to succeed or fail. Obey or disobey. My success in the day would not equate to whether or not I survived my sugar fast, if I felt better, or if my to-do list at my job was completed. My success for the day was proved in whether or not I worshiped through my hunger, busy schedule, traffic jam, etc…
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
What brings God glory? Worshipful hearts. Hearts that thank Him when circumstances aren’t ideal, when the test results turn your stomach, and even when you’re having the best day ever.
We are commanded to bring Him glory, in whatever happens, in whatever comes, in whatever we do.
Worship is not a feeling. Worship is an attitude of the mind and a position of the heart.
Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”
A pastor I greatly respect said, “I will not give to God what costs me nothing.”
Although I am far from the example on sacrificial praise, I am learning that on days like that Monday, or days that are much worse, and even days that are far better, my response to God should always be the same. My response should always be to give God all honor and praise, because He is always worthy of a gift of praise.
Jesus set the perfect example for the way our hearts should always be positioned. Matthew 22:26, “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Jesus took the bread and gave thanks. While this statement at first seems standard, we must remember what the bread represented. The bread represents Jesus’ broken body. His own physical body that was to be beaten, whipped, spit on, drug, and nailed to a cross. Yet, Jesus still was able to thank God for the bread that represented His broken body.
Jesus was not simply uttering a thanks for his meal - he was thanking God for something that would cost Him greatly. Jesus was able to thank Him for that because, despite of what was going on, or what was going to happen, or what intense burden Jesus’ carried that night, God was still worthy of all the worship.
No matter what we are walking through today, our reigning God still deserves all the praise. He created us to praise Him, and even when days are tough, a sacrifice of praise will replenish our joy (Psalm 16:11). Praise Him today for the little blessings He gives along the way, like the sunshine...or the rain. Praise Him regardless. Praise Him for who He is.