19th March 2015
‘When you meet together, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as you praise the Lord with all your heart.’ Ephesians 5:19 (CEV)
Genuinely praising God is an outward expression of His work in your life. Ephesians 5:18 (the previous verse) commands you to let the Holy Spirit fill you. Verse 19 shows that your act of praise is the direct result of His presence.
As the earlier verses in this chapter tell us, when God invades your life He shines light that eliminates the darkness not only in your life, but also in the lives of those around you. Reading this chapter will reveal what God wants you to avoid in your life. When you commit to right living, you will avoid the trappings of this world. In this context, our praise to God is an expression of thanks for what He has either saved us from or helped us avoid.
Many people may read this and become apprehensive. Am I going to have to sing in public? Be relieved that praising can take many forms. Giving praise to God can be done by telling each other how He has helped you. You can also praise God by singing words of praise to Him. Praying words of gratitude to Him praises God too.
However you choose to give thanks to God, doing it together will bring pleasure to God, but also act as a testimony for others who need His help.
Question to Consider
When you worship, are you more concerned about what others think or what God thinks?
Pray that even as your heart is truly transformed by what God has been doing in your life, you will genuinely praise Him as an outward expression of His work in your life.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
Posted by King's Church London
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.