VIDEO Worthy of Thanks

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

Sometimes Americans, when watching a British period film, will be surprised to hear a judge, mayor, or other official referred to as “Your Worship.” Worship comes from two words: “worth” (value) and “ship” (a condition or state). So addressing someone as “Your Worship” means acknowledging their state of worth, or importance or their value.

Worship was used in secular contexts long before it entered the religious vocabulary. But it’s easy to see why it did: When we worship God, we ascribe worth, value, or importance to Him. To worship is to say God is worthy of our praise, to offer thanks for who He is and for what He has done. There is no end to the reasons to give thanks to God. In the Old Testament, a common refrain was to “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” God’s attributes, like goodness and mercy, are never-ending. Therefore, He is always worthy of our thanks in worship.

In your personal times of worship, begin by giving thanks to God. Warning: You may run out of time before you run out of reasons for thanksgiving!

The measure of our spirituality is the amount of praise and of thanksgiving in our prayer. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones


A Model for Giving Thanks (1 Chronicles 16:8-36)

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