Psalm 7:17

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

Reflection

Of course not every situation is enjoyable or pleasant but every experience in our lives gives us the opportunity to be thankful, often despite the circumstances and not because of them. Over and over in the Bible we’re reminded of this choice we have to be thankful and to choose gratitude instead of grumbling. If nothing else our gratitude is an expression of our trust in God even when life is difficult.

As people who lead worship one of the roles we play is to call people back to this invitation of gratitude. Through songs, scriptures, visuals and our interaction with the congregation we can remind people of God’s righteousness and that He is the Lord Most High and invite them to sing and be thankful as a response of praise to God for who He is.

The faithful Christian life is never about pretending problems don’t exist or sticking our heads in the sand when circumstances aren’t pleasant but instead to seize the opportunity to be thankful that even in difficult situations God has not left us, has not forsaken us, has not turned away from who He is and what He’s promised. Even if that’s all we’re left with there’s an opportunity to be thankful for that.

Response

Have you ever been in a situation where choosing thankfulness and gratitude opened up a new perspective for you?

Is there a worship song that describes this idea of singing praise of the Lord Most High in a meaningful way for you?

Prayer

God of righteousness, we remember together that you are the Lord Most High. There is no one above You, no one greater than You and no one who can do what You do. We’re grateful for who You are and that You are always at work in every circumstances. Thank You that we have the opportunity this week to gather with our church family to sing praises to You. We ask that our praise would be an incredible expression of gratitude because You are righteous and worthy of all of our worship. Amen.