“They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening.” (1 Chronicles 23:30, NIV)

The Levites were set apart to offer thanks and praise to God every morning and every night – day in and day out, in a never-ending cycle. It was their job. It was forced. It was required of them. Forced “thank yous.” Required praises. Imagine the temptations inherent in this routine. Did easy-to-repeat prayers take the place of petitions motivated by full hearts and genuine gratitude? Did their minds wander as the words bubbled out? “Hear me, O God. Here we go again.”

Praise and thanksgiving are like the yellow line down the center of a highway. If we ignore that line and go off course, we could easily crash and bring others down with us. It’s purpose is to keep us on track – to keep us safe. But it’s just a painted line. It’s not a concrete barrier. If we choose, we can cross that line anytime we want. It really doesn’t take much to veer off course.

Praise and thanksgiving are key ingredients in a healthy relationship with God. We need them as much as we need fresh air. Praise isn’t just an outward gesture; it reveals what’s inside us – the attitude we have toward God. When we offer meaningful thanks, we acknowledge that God’s goodness deserves our recognition. Every gift comes from Him.

How can we make our relationship with God stronger and more meaningful every day? Unlike the Levites, God doesn’t demand that we follow certain daily requirements. Maybe that makes the routine more difficult. It’s up to us to take the time to bow before Him and offer our praise and thanks. When we skip this part of our daily lives, we become like those drivers who disregard the center line. Our lives become a potential accident waiting to happen. But when we take the time to regularly focus on the God who loves us, He helps us to stay in the right lane and get to our final destination!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

Explore posts in the same categories: 1 Chronicles, Old Testament

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

You can comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.




  2. Solid thought. It is never good to take our eyes off the Lord.


  3. I have this thought to be very true in my own life! The more time I spend praising and thanking the LORD, the less I am distracted by the world! Great post! 🙂


  4. erick143 Says:

    it’s good information


  5. alesiablogs Says:

    Wait until you see how God saved my life even after a car accident:


  6. chaya1957 Says:

    I don’t know why or how the author came to the conclusion that the Levites were forced or required to praise and thank God, and it was a burden, unpleasant and unwelcome. The Levites served in the mishkan on a rotation basis, and there is no evidence that anyone was forced. It was a privilege and a blessing. Was there a liturgy, spontaneous praise and thanksgiving, or a combination of both? We don’t know. Suppose you led worship at your church, and I said, “Oh, too bad this guy, because this is his job and how he feeds his family, has to get up every Sunday, and at other times, and lead people in worship. Too bad he is forced to sing those same songs over and over for three services and has to act like he is enjoying it and spiritual as he puts on a show for the audience.

    I know the author is reading from the NIV, which has some inaccuracies, including adding words that aren’t there. But somehow, I don’t think the translation is the problem, as he could have looked at various translations and the original language. I suspect the author has a negative attitude to things Jewish, and sees anything connected as legalistic and without a sincere heart of worship and meaning. Of course he doesn’t see the same thing in his own tradition. You might delete this comment, but I just want to say I find this offensive.

    In case anyone is interested, here is the word for word translation from the Hebrew: And to stand, in the morning (repeated twice, meaning continual) to thank and praise to YHVH and so (also) to evening.


    • Thanks so much for your correction. I’m sorry you found this offensive. I’m not a bible scholar; just a regular guy trying to glorify God in the best way I know how! I ask the Holy Spirit to guide me and help me write these things so that maybe just one person will read it and turn to the Lord.

      Thanks for your comment. 🙂 Dave


      • chaya1957 Says:

        Dave, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to come across as if I was attacking you. Perhaps this is just what you were taught? We can all reexamine and question our ideas. I read this reblogged on Dilbert.


  7. granonine Says:

    Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul. . .making me whole. . giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: