Express Genuine Worship as Part of Thanksgiving (2 Chronicles 7:3)

2 Chronicles 7:3


When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”


            At the Temple’s dedication, the people did exactly what they should have done in their setting.  When they saw the glory of God, when they saw the fire fall from the sky, they all hit the deck.  They bowed down with their faces to the ground.  They worshipped god.  They declared that God is good and that God’s love endures forever.  They remembered who God is, and they lowered themselves in his presence to display that he is higher and greater than them.


            True worship involves us performing reverential acts.  True worship involves us showing that God is our King and that we are submitted to him.  True worship involves us bowing down and showing that he is greater than us.  True worship involves us declaring God’s character for others to hear.  True worship involves us doing what God has called us to do in his word in order to show that he is our king and we are his followers.  True worship is what the people did in this passage, and it is what we need to do if we are going to be rightly thankful to God.


            As this Thanksgiving approaches, do not neglect worship.  It is easy to get caught up in the preparation of all the food and getting ready for the Christmas shopping.  But make sure that you take time to worship your God.  Seek his glory.  When God reveals his glory to you either in his word, in nature, in your memory, in a sermon, or wherever, right there, bow your heart before God and declare him to be worthy.  Honor him.  Focus on him.  Declare his praise.  Worship God.  Express genuine worship as part of thanksgiving.