Saturday, February 23, 2013

Songs of Praise

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God" (Colossians 3:16, NASB).

In this verse, Christians are challenged to let God's Word dwell richly inside of them and to give thanks to God. If a dwelling is a place to live and reside, then we are to let these words not just pass through our ears but to take root inside us. As it takes root deep within us, penetrating our core with the power of the Holy Spirit, we can overflow with thanks for what He is doing within us.

Martin Luther once prayed, 
"Grant that I may not pray with my mouth alone; 
help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart." 

Let us let God in, savor His Word, and overflow with thankfulness. Let's praise Christ for all that He is, and let us pray His Word penetrates our hearts, flows through our veins, and brings life to those around us. We can praise God, because He loved us while we were still sinners. He came to bring life and light to the world. Hopefully, this deep relationship with Him is or becomes an essential part of our lives.

Lord, thank You for creating us, for saving us and for being our Guide. After all is said and done, let our lives be filled with worship and thankfulness to You. Amen.

Check out an acoustic version of Crowder's song, "Holy" on YouTube here.
Study based on the workbook HeartCall: Women Sharing God's Heart (Jaye Martin, 1999).