Hey there church family! I'd like to start off by saying Happy New Year 2023!
In Psalms 92:1-2, it says, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.” I think this is a wonderful passage for us to reflect on about making our praise and worship intentional, as we transition into the New Year.
Some of us have Sunday morning worship on our calendars. It is an item on our agenda, just as any other appointment or engagement. Our praise in this context is simply, a habit. We go to work, the grocery store, school, and church. When we arrive at church we find our usual seat and we stand for worship. We occasionally say "amen" in response to a sermon and then we leave and begin our week all over again.
To be intentional in our praise, we have to find meaning and purpose in it. We should anticipate and find excitement in being with other believers, moving into the worship experience with an open heart and spirit of thanksgiving! More importantly, our praise should not begin with the morning worship time at church. And it should not end when the church service ends. It should simply transition into our day and our week, the whole week through.