I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

I will be glad and exult in you, I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Psalm 9:1, 2

When He was through with the process of creating all of the earth, God took time to look at it and to enjoy the intricate detail of the beauty that He had devised. God asks us to do the same thing; for, He wants us to step back from the tasks, take a break from the pursuit, be quiet for a moment and look at what He has done. He wants us to appreciate His presence and His provision, and wants us to be able to do this from deep inside, from our hearts. God has no need for words of thanks; he doesn’t gain anything even when we speak the most eloquent prayer of thanksgiving. The Lord knows that it is very important for our hearts to focus on Him; as, this is the deep worship that brings us closer to Him, that aligns us with His will.

As we go through life, we should be expressing our worship for the Lord by much more than just our words. Christ leads us to care for other people with sincerity of heart and with passion in our souls so that the source of that passion and the depth of that integrity is clearly shown to be found in Christ. Just as Jesus touched the lives of the wounded and desperate people during His days on earth as a tangible form of worship of the Father, He calls upon us to reach out without regard to the cost to the people that we encounter, and those acts of mercy, compassion, grace, and love are the most elevated forms of worship of our Lord.

When we sing praises to God, even if we do it silently, we are recognizing the source of the goodness, and the resource for life strength that is only found in Him. God commands that we praise and worship him, not because He needs to hear how wonderful He is; rather, He commands it because we need to stay focused and to retain clarity. God never waivers from His commitments to us, we are the ones who require time to stop our race through life and recall and reflect on who God is and on just how much He does for us. God doesn’t seek our words, He yearns for our hearts.