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Reasons to Worship

Worship doesn’t come out of the blue; it comes out of a heart full of gratitude!

King David’s Reasons to Worship
Exalting the Lord

Scripture Reading: Psalm 30:5-12

Key Verses: Psalm 30:1-4

I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.
O Lord, you brought me up from the grave;
you spared me from going down into the pit.
Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name.

Throughout the writings of King David we see the term “exalt.” Webster defines this word as: “Raise up; praise; make noble, dignify.” David felt it was part of his worship to raise up the name of his God. When he worshiped, he pointed to God as royalty, making God and God alone noble! David continually wanted to dignify the blessed name of the Lord!

As we start our day, it would be a great thing to say to God: “I will exalt you, O Lord.” Instead of immediately thinking about ourselves and what kind of day we are going to have, we turn our thoughts to God. We could make plans to exalt Him at every opportunity and pray for those opportunities. What kind of day will it be for God today? We can’t answer that for others, but as far as our day, we can make sure we raise God’s name up and dignify it! We can make a sincere commitment never to use God’s name in vain. We can individually model exalting God’s name by our words and our lifestyle.

The second part of verse one gives us our reason for this worship: “for you lifted me out of the depths…” Worship doesn’t come out of the blue; it comes out of a heart full of gratitude! We exalt Him because He lifted us out of sin’s chains. God, our redeemer, exalted us from the depths of darkness to the light of His presence! Yes, with great reason, I will exalt the Lord!

Father, I am eternally grateful for Jesus and your plan of salvation. Today I will lift your name up and dignify it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.