Worship: A Life of Gratitude
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28, 29 (NASB)
Two inseparable facts in regards to worshipping God are that we not only worship Him formally and corporately in regular meetings together as the body of Christ, but also that individually, we live our lives out of gratitude for what the Triune Godhead has done for us – both constitute the worship of our Creator. The kingdom we are receiving is a permanent, unshakable one – should we not be ever in constant reminder of such a gift under the Gospel?
“Let us show gratitude”. Literally, let us hold in hand, in the sense of wearing, a continuous display to one another and the world, in word and deed, a life of loving obedience to God’s whole counsel, with a spirit overflowing with gratitude (Col. 2:7). Our lives in both word and deed should reflect the Divine influence and workings upon our hearts. By this manner of living we please God with an acceptable worship.
So shall no part of day or night
From sacredness be free,
But all my life, in every step,
Be fellowship with Thee. (Bonar)