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January 3, 1999

Praise at Work

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Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. PSALM 149:2
Sometimes we just need to celebrate! We need to throw a party with balloons, confetti, streamers, singing, and dancing. It is a great way to enjoy success or to honor someone’s accomplishments. We need to be generous with our praise and lavish with our affection for the people God has brought into our lives.
We also need to celebrate the Lord. We need to praise Him with singing and worship and prayer and work. Yes, with work. Our work should be a celebration to God, reflecting Him at every turn. Our love and devotion to Him must be seen in the work of our hands. If it is not, then we do not understand our work or worship very well.
Our work is a direct result of the Lord’s work within us. As He knit us together in our mothers’ wombs, He put together our basic wiring and gifts. He decided what our aptitudes would be and what would motivate us. He carefully crafted us so that we would have the raw materials we needed to fulfill our purpose here on earth.
No detail was too small for Him to fashion perfectly. As we grew older, He brought about circumstances that developed our characters and directed us down a path for our lives. All along the way, we continue to gather new skills and experiences that prepare us for what He has next. Our work lives are adventures when placed totally in His gracious and loving hands.
Our worship is the focus of our hearts upon the Lord. It is expressed physically through singing, music, acts of service, and work—if our work is a response to Him. Answering His calling to a certain profession, to a different city, or a new career path is an act of worship. So is serving a client, delivering a presentation, helping a coworker, or building a spreadsheet or an apartment complex. If we are doing what He made us to do and responding to His call, then we are worshiping.
Today, ask yourself if the work you do is in response to how He created you and called you. If it is, then begin to do your work in a way that would please Him. If it is not, then start to assess your skills, passions, and calling. You may be in for a big change.

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