A Sea of Gratefulness

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January 19, 2014 by Chris French

Today as we worship let the words of the songs remind you of your past and your future.

Listen to what Paul tells the church at Colossae as they think about worship. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

As we sing our hearts should be overflowing with thankfulness. Some of the hymns, psalms and spiritual songs we sing today may not be your favorites, but they were all designed to transport your heart to God’s throne. Each one of them should remind you of who you were before you met Christ or who you can be now that you’re His.

When I sing Jesus is Lord it reminds me of a time in my life when He wasn’t and how useless what I was trying to accomplish actually was. When I sing Purer in Heart it reminds me that my heart, left without self-control, would stray from Him. I need Him to fashion inside of me a brand new heart, one that longs for Him. Next week when I’m one week closer to that new heart I’ll be overwhelmed with thankfulness. When I sing How Great Thou Art it reminds me that He is mind blowingly powerful and BIG, but He didn’t spare Himself when repairing our broken relationship and one day He’s coming back to take me to be with Him. On that day I’ll be able to praise Him without distraction. I’m looking forward to that day. Until then I will sing these songs and be thankful for what He has done and for what He continues to do. Today as we sing focus on the words and allow thankfulness to flow out of your heart to His throne.

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