There are some past blessings for which we just can’t thank the Lord enough – such as our salvation. Thank Him also for more recent things He has done. Choose something that God did in your life yesterday and praise Him for it today, as a fresh reminder of His faithfulness and goodness. “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:20).
B. OFFER UP YOUR BODY TO THE LORD
Romans 12:1 tells us to offer our bodies to God. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God…”
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor 6:19,20).
It is both a scriptural and a practical expression to give ourselves to God, and to involve our body in worship to God. It can also help us stay focused on our prayer time, and not doze off or become distracted.
How do we offer our bodies in worship? One way is to kneel down. If you can’t kneel, sit before the Lord with a humble heart. (They were all sitting when the Spirit first came on the Day of Pentecost.) It is not a religious form or ritual. It is an outward expression that we are bowing our hearts and submitting our lives in obedience to God.
You may feel particularly joyful or grateful to the Lord for His goodness. If so, you may want to dance before the Lord like David (2 Sam 6:14). Let God see your heart of praise and joy for Him and what He has done!
We can lift our faces toward the Lord (Job 22:26-28). The Bible also instructs us, “Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!” (Ps 47:1). David exclaimed, “I will lift up my hands in Your Name” (Ps 63:4).
Offer your body in some way to the Lord at the beginning of the day. You will find it much easier to resist the temptations of the world for your body if you do. Hands lifted to God in holy praise early in the morning will not so quickly give way to unholy acts of disobedience.
When our bodies are not offered and submitted to God, we are more open to temptations: overeating, laziness or unholy sex are all sins of the body (1 Cor 6:18; also read Romans 6). Giving praise to God with our words and our bodies is one way we can become strong in resisting the world, the flesh and the devil. Let us offer our bodies to God in praise every day!
C. SING A NEW SONG
Psalm 96:1 says: “Oh, sing to the Lord a new song.” We also read, “I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love” (Ps 59:16 niv). Singing to the Lord is an acceptable and powerful form of worship.